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Professor Liam Smeeth

MBChB FRCGP FFPH FRCP MSc PhD FMedSci

Professor
of Clinical Epidemiology

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
020 7927 2296

Fax.
020 7580 6897

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 National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the UK National Health Service more widely. I am a Trustee of the British Heart Foundation and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Affiliations

Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology

Centres

Centre for Global Chronic Conditions

Teaching

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.

Research

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.

Electronic Health Records Research Group

Research Area
Clinical care
Clinical databases
Clinical trials
Health services research
Pharmacovigilance
Primary care
Systematic reviews
Vaccines
Electronic health records
Randomised controlled trials
Discipline
Genetic epidemiology
Pharmacoepidemiology
Epidemiology
Medicine
Disease and Health Conditions
Cancer
Cardiovascular disease
Chronic disease
Herpesviruses
Asthma
Diabetes
Kidney disease
Non-communicable diseases
Obesity
Respiratory disease
Stroke
Country
United Kingdom
Ghana
India
Peru
Uganda
Region
European Union
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
World

Selected Publications

Prevalence of obesity, hypertension, and diabetes, and cascade of care in sub-Saharan Africa: a cross-sectional, population-based study in rural and urban Malawi.
Price, A.J. ; Crampin, A.C. ; Amberbir, A. ; Kayuni-Chihana, N. ; Musicha, C. ; Tafatatha, T. ; Branson, K. ; Lawlor, D.A. ; Mwaiyeghele, E. ; Nkhwazi, L. ; Smeeth, L. ; Pearce, N. ; Munthali, E. ; Mwagomba, B.M. ; Mwansambo, C. ; Glynn, J.R. ; Jaffar, S. ; Nyirenda, M. ;
2018
Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol
Trimethoprim use for urinary tract infection and risk of adverse outcomes in older patients: cohort study.
Crellin, E. ; Mansfield, K.E. ; Leyrat, C. ; Nitsch, D. ; Douglas, I.J. ; Root, A. ; Williamson, E. ; Smeeth, L. ; Tomlinson, L.A. ;
2018
BMJ
Study protocol for statin web-based investigation of side effects (StatinWISE): a series of randomised controlled N-of-1 trials comparing atorvastatin and placebo in UK primary care.
Herrett, E. ; Williamson, E. ; Beaumont, D. ; Prowse, D. ; Youssouf, N. ; Brack, K. ; Armitage, J. ; Goldacre, B. ; MacDonald, T. ; Staa, T.V. ; Roberts, I. ; Shakur-Still, H. ; Smeeth, L. ;
2017
BMJ Open
Impact of statin related media coverage on use of statins: interrupted time series analysis with UK primary care data.
Matthews, A. ; Herrett, E. ; Gasparrini, A. ; Van Staa, T. ; Goldacre, B. ; Smeeth, L. ; Bhaskaran, K. ;
2016
BMJ
Body-mass index and risk of 22 specific cancers: a population-based cohort study of 5·24 million UK adults.
Bhaskaran, K.; Douglas, I.; Forbes, H.; dos-Santos-Silva, I.; Leon, D.A.; Smeeth, L.;
2014
Lancet
Heat and risk of myocardial infarction: hourly level case-crossover analysis of MINAP database.
Bhaskaran, K. ; Armstrong, B. ; Hajat, S. ; Haines, A. ; Wilkinson, P. ; Smeeth, L. ;
2012
BMJ
MMR vaccination and pervasive developmental disorders: a case-control study.
Smeeth, L.; Cook, C.; Fombonne, E.; Heavey, L.; Rodrigues, L.C.; Smith, P.G.; Hall, A.J.;
2004
Lancet
Risk of Myocardial Infarction and Stroke after Acute Infection or Vaccination.
Smeeth, L. ; Thomas, S.L. ; Hall, A.J. ; Hubbard, R. ; Farrington, P. ; Vallance, P. ;
2004
N Engl J Med
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