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Dr Helen McDonald

Assistant Professor

Room
110

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

I am a clinical epidemiologist and honorary consultant in public health. I co-lead Theme 1 'Making the most of real-world data' of the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Immunisation, a partnership between LSHTM and Public Health England.

I first joined the NHS as a nursing auxiliary, then studied medicine at St John's College, Cambridge (intercalating in Philosophy) and Green College, Oxford. I was a clinical advisor to the Chief Medical Officer from 2007 to 2008, and worked as part of a team which developed national quality and safety policies and managed the development of a WHO curriculum guide to patient safety in medical schools. I completed Foundation Training as a junior doctor in London, and trained in public health, working across a variety of organisations including the Department of Health, local authority, NHS England (London), and local health protection on call.

At LSHTM, following an MSc in Epidemiology I completed a PhD in the epidemiology of infections among older people with diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease, supervised by Dorothea Nitsch and Sara Thomas and funded by Kidney Research UK.

Affiliations

Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health

Teaching

I am a module co-organiser for the Introduction to Health Data Science module of the Health Data Science MSc.

Research

In my role for the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit im Immunisation I use electronic health records to study vaccine safety and effectiveness, and inequalities in vaccine uptake and vaccine-preventable disease.

http://immunisation.hpru.nihr.ac.uk/

Research Area
Vaccines
Electronic health records
Discipline
Epidemiology
Medicine

Selected Publications

Ethnic differences in the incidence of clinically diagnosed influenza: an England population-based cohort study 2008-2018
Davidson J; Banerjee A; Mathur R; Ramsay M; Smeeth L; Walker J; McDonald H; Warren-Gash C
2021
UK prevalence of underlying conditions which increase the risk of severe COVID-19 disease: a point prevalence study using electronic health records.
Walker JL; Grint DJ; Strongman H; Eggo RM; Peppa M; Minassian C; Mansfield KE; Rentsch CT; Douglas IJ; Mathur R
2021
BMC public health
Social determinants of pertussis and influenza vaccine uptake in pregnancy: a national cohort study in England using electronic health records.
Walker JL; Rentsch CT; McDonald HI; Bak J; Minassian C; Amirthalingam G; Edelstein M; Thomas S
2021
BMJ open
OpenSAFELY: Risks of COVID-19 hospital admission and death for people with learning disabilities - a cohort study
Williamson EJ; McDonald HI; Bhaskaran K; Walker AJ; Bacon S; Davy S; Schultze A; Tomlinson L; Bates C; Ramsay M
2021
medRxiv preprint
Predicting COVID-19 related death using the OpenSAFELY platform
Williamson EJ; Tazare J; Bhaskaran K; McDonald HI; Walker AJ; Tomlinson L; Wing K; Bacon S; Bates C; Curtis HJ
2021
medRxiv preprint
COVID-19 in Great Britain: epidemiological and clinical characteristics of the first few hundred (FF100) cases: a descriptive case series and case control analysis
Boddington NL; Charlett A; Elgohari S; Walker JL; Mcdonald H; Byers C; Coughlan L; Garcia Vilaplana T; Whillock R; Sinnathamby M
2020
medRxiv preprint
Prevalence of COVID-19-related risk factors and risk of severe influenza outcomes in cancer survivors: A matched cohort study using linked English electronic health records data.
Carreira H; Strongman H; Peppa M; McDonald HI; Dos-Santos-Silva I; Stanway S; Smeeth L; Bhaskaran K
2020
EClinicalMedicine
Household and area-level social determinants of multimorbidity: a systematic review.
Ingram E; Ledden S; Beardon S; Gomes M; Hogarth S; McDonald H; Osborn DP; Sheringham J
2020
Journal of epidemiology and community health
Early impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and physical distancing measures on routine childhood vaccinations in England, January to April 2020.
McDonald HI; Tessier E; White JM; Woodruff M; Knowles C; Bates C; Parry J; Walker JL; Scott JA; Smeeth L
2020
EUROSURVEILLANCE
Seasonal influenza vaccination during pregnancy and the risk of major congenital malformations in live-born infants: A 2010-2016 historical cohort study.
Peppa M; Thomas SL; Minassian C; Walker JL; McDonald HI; Andrews NJ; Kempley ST; Mangtani P
2020
Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Factors associated with COVID-19-related death using OpenSAFELY.
Williamson EJ; Walker AJ; Bhaskaran K; Bacon S; Bates C; Morton CE; Curtis HJ; Mehrkar A; Evans D; Inglesby P
2020
Nature
Methodological challenges when carrying out research on CKD and AKI using routine electronic health records.
McDonald HI; Shaw C; Thomas SL; Mansfield KE; Tomlinson LA; Nitsch D
2016
Kidney international
Patterns of healthcare use among adolescents attending an urban general practitioner-led urgent care centre.
Gnani S; McDonald H; Islam S; Ramzan F; Davison M; Ladbrooke T; Majeed A; Saxena S
2013
Emergency medicine journal
Comparative performance of biomarkers of alcohol consumption in a population sample of working-aged men in Russia: the Izhevsk Family Study.
McDonald H; Borinskya S; Kiryanov N; Gil A; Helander A; Leon DA
2013
Addiction (Abingdon, England)
The WHO patient safety curriculum guide for medical schools.
Walton M; Woodward H; Van Staalduinen S; Lemer C; Greaves F; Noble D; Ellis B; Donaldson L; Barraclough B; Expert Group convened by the World Alliance of Patient Safety, a
2010
Quality & safety in health care
What have we learned about interventions to reduce medical errors?
Woodward HI; Mytton OT; Lemer C; Yardley IE; Ellis BM; Rutter PD; Greaves FEC; Noble DJ; Kelley E; Wu AW
2010
Annual review of public health
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