Dr Katriina Heikkila
15-17 Tavistock Place
Since completing my PhD in what is now the School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, I have worked in psychosocial, genetic and clinical epidemiology in the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford, the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, the National Institute of Health and Welfare and the universities of Helsinki and Tampere in Finland.
I joined the LSHTM in October 2014 in a post where my time is divided between the Department of Health Services Research and Policy, and the Clinical Effectiveness Unit at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
I teach basic statistics and supervise MSc project students on the in-house and distance learning degree courses.
As the stream advisor for the Health Services Research and Policy stream of the MSc in Public Health, I am involved in planning and managing the content and assessment on this degree course, as well as advising students on the stream.
My main research interests are in aetiology and risk factors for inflammation-associated diseases and conditions, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and inflammatory bowel diseases. A considerable part of my work has involved conducting aggregate and individual-participant data meta-analyses, utilising linked data from longitudinal observational studies and electronic health records (such as cancer, death, hospitalisation and drug prescription registers) from the UK as well as Northern and Western European countries.
My research at the LSHTM and the Royal College of Surgeons focuses on examining outcomes of surgical interventions for peripheral arterial disease in England and Wales, data from Hospital Episode Statistics. In addition, I work as a member of the team running the National Vascular Registry, a national clinical audit of vascular surgery, which is based at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
I am a collaborator in the IPD-Work Consortium, a team of researchers and studies from the UK, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, which aims to improve our understanding of the role of the working environment in human health. I also hold an honorary contract with the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.