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Dr Lynne Forrest

Research Support Officer on Scottish Longitudinal Study

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Education/Academic qualification

2010Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Newcastle University
Intervention-generated inequalities in lung cancer care
2008Master in Science, Newcastle University
1993Postgraduate Diploma, Edinburgh Napier University
Information Systems
1990, University of Edinburgh
The muc genes of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and their response to environmental stimuli
1986Bachelor of Science, University of Edinburgh

Biography

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.

Research activities & awards

  1. Glasgow Science Festival 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

  2. ESRC Festival of Social Science 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

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