Lynne Forrest


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Having previously worked as a programmer, data analyst and project manager I made a mid-life career change and re-trained in epidemiology and public health. My research interests are in health inequalities, the social determinants of health, social mobility, cancer, and socio-economic and age-related intervention-generated inequalities in health. I have experience in systematic reviewing and quantitative methods.

I am currently working in the Admin Data Research Centre Scotland (ADRC-S) on a range of projects including: Social and Spatial Mobility: Analysis of the SLS linkage to the 1947 Scottish Mental Survey; Migration to Scottish New Towns and the impact on premature mortality in Glasgow: analysis of 1947 Scottish Mental Survey data; and The impact of social mobility and migration to New Towns on health inequalities in Glasgow: analysis of 1947 Scottish Mental Survey data.

I previously worked on two NIHR SPHR projects:

Inequitable access to preventative and therapeutic health interventions for older people and the consequences of intervention-generated inequalities;

How do public health practitioners view and engage with research? A review of requests for research support, qualitative interview study, and survey of health practitioners. 

My PhD investigated intervention-generated inequalities in lung cancer care.  This included an examination of the evidence for socio-economic inequalities in lung cancer treatment, conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies.  This was followed by secondary analysis of linked routine data (Northern and Yorkshire Cancer Registry and Information Service (NYCRIS) data, Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) and lung cancer audit (LUCADA) data) to determine if there were inequalities in lung cancer treatment, time to treatment, and survival in the north of England, employing linear, logistic and Cox regression analyses using Stata.

Education/Academic qualification

Epidemiology/Public Health, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Newcastle University

1 Oct 201030 Sep 2013

Award Date: 20 Jan 2014

Epidemiology/Public Health, Master in Science, Newcastle University


Award Date: 1 Sep 2010

Information Systems, Postgraduate Diploma, Edinburgh Napier University


Award Date: 1 Jun 1994

Medical Microbiology, University of Edinburgh


Award Date: 1 Jun 1993

Medical Microbiology, Bachelor of Science, University of Edinburgh


Award Date: 1 Jul 1990


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