Dr Luigi Palla
Medical Statistics and Epidemiology
I obtained a degree in Statistical and Economic Sciences (2000) and Ph.D. in Statistical Methodology for Scientific Research from the University of Bologna (2004). After a postdoctoral appointment in statistical/mathematical genetics at Dept Mathematics, Free University Amsterdam, for several years I worked as a statistician for the Medical Research Council at University of Cambridge, in the areas of genetic epidemiology (mainly supporting InterAct- a large European study of the effect of interaction between genes and lifestyle on the incidence of diabetes) and nutrition (dietary surveys, nutritional epidemiology). I joined LSHTM in August 2013 as Research Fellow in Statistical Genetics. Since January 2016 I have been Assistant Professor in Medical Statistics and Epidemiology at the Department of Medical Statistics and member of the Electronic Health Record Research Group at LSHTM. From October 2019 I have also held a part-time Associate Professor role at the University of Nagasaki School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health.
I have been Director of the LSHTM DL Postgraduate Professional Development Course in Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance since 2016.
Since October 2019 I have been holding a part-time appointment as Associate Professor at the University of Nagasaki School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Japan, where I teach modules in Medical Statistics within several Master Programmes.
I am a member of the Programme Development committee for the new LSHTM Master in Health Data Science which will be launched in 2020.
Between 2016 and 2018 I was co-organiser of a module on Advanced Statistics for Records Research within the Master in Health Data Science at the Institute of Medical Informatics, UCL. Between 2014 and 2016 I was organiser of the module in Analysis of Hierarchical and Other Dependent Data in the Master in Medical Statistics (LSHTM) and I am still teaching and a tutor in that module/Master. In the School I contributed to teaching the courses in Human Genetic Epidemiology and STEPH for the Master in Epidemiology; Robust Statistical Methods, Statistical Methods in Epidemiology and Survival Analysis for the Master in Medical Statistics.
In the year 2016/2017, I was Visiting Professor in Statistics at the University of Parma where I taught a course on Statistics for Food and Nutrition Sciences.
I am interested in statistical methods in epidemiology and genetics and in statistical applications of multivariate methods in metabolomics, nutrition and electronic health record (Big Data) research.
In nutrition I am particularly interested in the use of national surveys for monitoring and comparing the health status of populations and in the application of advanced statistical methods to facilitate that.
I am also part of the Cure-ME group investigating the aetiological and clinical aspects of ME-CFS( https://cureme.lshtm.ac.uk/ ).