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Lancaster Medical School

Part of the Faculty of Health and Medicine



Research in the CHICAS group

Research in CHICAS is concerned with the development and application of novel statistical methods motivated by substantive problems in the biomedical and health sciences.

CHICAS has particular expertise in the following methodological areas: Environmental Epidemiology

Applied Research

We aim to apply our methods to substantive problems in the broad fields of epidemiology, medicine and public health. Examples of some current projects and collaborators are listed below. For more information, contact the member of staff highlighted.

  • Short term forecasting of meningitis epidemics in sub-Saharan Africa, with the Meningitis Environmental Risk Information Technologies (MERIT) consortium (Peter Diggle, Ben Taylor, Barry Rowlingson, Lydiane Agier)
  • Developing an early warning system for incipient renal failure in primary care patients, with Royal Salford Hospital and the University of Minho (Peter Diggle)
  • Developing methods and software for real-time health surveillance using routinely collected data, with Universities of Liverpool and Manchester (Peter Diggle, Barry Rowlingson, Ben Taylor)
  • Epidemiology of human campylobacter infections in the UK, with Universities of Liverpool, Newcastle, Aberdeen and East Anglia, and Health Protection Agency (Peter Diggle, Barry Rowlingson, Ben Taylor)
  • Modelling the spatio-temporal distribution of Leptospirosis incidence in Salvador, Brazil, with Fiocruz Research Foundation and Yale University (Peter Diggle, Paula Moraga)
  • Population predictors of incidence and outcome of stroke in Kelantan, Malaysia (Kamarul Imran Musa, Tom Keegan)
  • Prevalence mapping of Loa loa in equatorial Africa, with the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) (Peter Diggle)
  • SCAMP: standardised, concentrated, additional macronutrients, parenteral nutrition in very preterm infants: a phase IV randomised, controlled exploratory study of macronutrient intake, growth and other aspects of neonatal care (Anna Hart)
  • Paternal occupation and risk of childhood cancer (Tom Keegan)
  • Nerve agent exposure in UK servicemen 1939-1989 (Tom Keegan)
  • Modelling lymphangiogenesis in the uterine cervix, with University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (Tom Fanshawe)
  • Assessing measurement error in tooth length using radiographic imaging techniques, with King's College London (Tom Fanshawe)