Professor Sinead Langan
FRCP MSc PhD
of Clinical Epidemiology and Wellcome Senior Clinical Fellow
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 Associate Director for Health Data Research UK London (www.hdruk.ac.uk). I co-founded and co-Chair the REporting of studies Conducted using Observational Routinely collected Data (RECORD) initiative (www.record-statement.org). I am former Chair of the European Dermatoepidemiology Network Steering committee (www.orgs.dermis.net/eden).
I teach on a number of courses at the School, and I am former co-Course Organiser for the Certificate of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance (PEPI).
My research addresses two major areas:
- The epidemiology of skin diseases
- Reporting of observational research undertaken using routinely collected data
1. The epidemiology of skin diseases
Skin disease affects many sections of the population. Despite their high frequency, the burden, outcomes and optimal treatments for skin diseases are poorly understood.
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. This research has been used to inform NHS and international policy.
I lead a programme of work on eczema using a variety of data sources. This work is supported by a Wellcome Senior Clinical fellowship in Science. We have identified eczema phenotypes using longitudinal population-based data and are using 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. Recent key discoveries include the association between severe eczema and major cardiovascular outcomes. This cutting-edge body of work will make substantial contributions towards understanding eczema complexity and improving patient outcomes.
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 (www.record-statement.org ) in 2012 in order to create reporting guidelines for studies undertaken using observational routinely-collected data.
I am co-leading the Coronavirus School Infection Survey in partnership with Office for National Statistics and Public Health England. This national study (150 schools) was rapidly developed to assess coronavirus transmission in UK schools
I established a programme of research to rapidly understand indirect effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on NHS services (Lancet Dig Health 2021)
I led an LSHTM programme with Young Scientists (school students) on public trust using health data for research and an innovative Wellcome-funded public engagement programme on the effect of eczema on lives through art and theatre.