Professor Liam Smeeth
MBChB FRCGP FFPH FRCP MSc PhD FMedSci
I trained in medicine and continue to do clinical work as a general practitioner in north London. I joined LSHTM in 1999 and have held fellowships from NIHR, MRC and Wellcome. As well as academic and clinical work I am involved in a range of activities for the UK National Health Service more widely. I am a non-executive director of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), a member of the steering group for UK Biobank, and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
I am involved in wide range of teaching activities and was previously course director of the MSc epidemiology and then chair of the exam board.
My major interests are in disease aetiology and drug treatments. Two broad themes are the optimal use of computerised health data and non-communicable diseases in low and middle income countries, with a particular focus on cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Examples of recently completed projects include the impact of media coverage on use of statins, and the largest single study investigating the relationship between body mass index and cancer. Current projects include StatinWise, a series of n of 1 trials to assess whether statins cause muscle symptoms; helping establish an electronic records based cohort of 100 million people in Brazil; and a multi-centre study establishing how best to measure kidney function in sub-Saharan Africa. Recent work on Covid-19 has included co-leading the establishment of the OpenSafely research platform.