Professor Sinead Langan


of Clinical Epidemiology and Wellcome Senior Clinical Fellow


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

0207 9272680

I trained in Medicine at the Queen's University of Belfast and continue to work clinically at St John's Institute of Dermatology, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital. I joined the School in 2011 having completed my PhD at the University of Nottingham and  gained post-doctoral experience as a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

I am currently funded by a Wellcome Senior Clinical Fellowship in Science

I am former Chair of the European Dermatoepidemiology Network Steering committee ( I am also co-Chair and co-founder of the REporting of studies Conducted using Observational Routinely collected Data (RECORD) initiative ( I am Associate Director for Health Data Research UK London (


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology


Centre for Global Chronic Conditions


I teach on a number of courses at the School, and I am currently the co-Course Organiser for the Certificate of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance (PEPI)


My research addresses two major areas:

  1. The epidemiology of skin diseases
  2. Reporting of observational research undertaken using routinely collected data

1. The epidemiology of skin diseases

My research addresses an important research gap, the causes, consequences and treatment of skin disease. Little is known about the epidemiology of skin diseases. My work focuses in particular on using the power of routine data sources to provide answers for important research questions. 

  • Eczema research  I am leading a programme of work on eczema using a variety of data sources. This work is supported by a Wellcome Senior Clinical fellowship in Science. I will identify eczema phenotypes using longitudinal population-based data and use a comprehensive approach to investigate if there are strong associations between eczema and major adverse health and social outcomes using large longitudinal population-based data. This cutting-edge work will make substantial contributions towards understanding eczema complexity and improving patient outcomes.
  • Other eczema-related work is focused on gene-environment interactions in eczema (in collaboration with the UK Translational Research Network in Dermatology), identifying costs and validating eczema diagnosis codes in UK general practice.

2.Reporting of observational research undertaken using routinely collected data

I co-founded the REporting of studies Conducted using Observational Routinely collected Data (RECORD) initiative ( ) in 2012 in order to create reporting guidelines for studies undertaken using observational routinely-collected data.


Research Area
Clinical databases
Health outcomes
Primary care
Public health
Systematic reviews
Electronic health records
Disease and Health Conditions
Non-communicable diseases
Skin disease
United Kingdom
United States
European Union
North America

Selected Publications

Engaging the patients' perspective in clinical trials research.
Hefele B; Langan SM; Pollins K; Gelfand JM
The Journal of investigative dermatology
Atopic eczema in adulthood and risk of depression and anxiety: a population-based cohort study
Schonmann Y; Mansfield KE; Hayes JF; Abuabara K; Roberts A; Smeeth L; Langan SM
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice
La déclaration RECORD-PE (Reporting of Studies Conducted Using Observational Routinely Collected Health Data Statement for Pharmacoepdemiology) : directives pour la communication des études realisées à partir de données de santé observationelles collectées en routine en pharmacoépidémiologie.
Langan SM; Schmidt SAJ; Wing K; Ehrenstein V; Nicholls SG; Filion KB; Klungel O; Petersen I; Sørensen HT; Dixon WG
CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne
Assessment of Sleep Disturbances and Exhaustion in Mothers of Children With Atopic Dermatitis.
Ramirez FD; Chen S; Langan SM; Prather AA; McCulloch CE; Kidd SA; Cabana MD; Chren M-M; Abuabara K
JAMA dermatology
"It's like the bad guy in a movie who just doesn't die": A qualitative exploration of young people's adaptation to eczema and implications for self-care.
Ghio D; Muller I; Greenwell K; Roberts A; McNiven A; Langan SM; Santer M
The British journal of dermatology
Clinical onset of atopic eczema: Results from two nationally representative British birth cohorts followed through mid-life
Abuabara K; Ye M; McCulloch CE; Sullivan A; Margolis DJ; Strachan DP; Paternoster L; Yew YW; Williams HC; Langan SM
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Different strategies for using topical corticosteroids in people with eczema
Chalmers JR; Axon E; Harvey J; Santer M; Ridd MJ; Lawton S; Langan S; Roberts A; Ahmed A; Muller I
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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