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Dr Anna De Simoni, MB BS PhD MRCGP


NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Primary Care

Telephone: 0207 882 2520


Anna De Simoni is a NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Primary Care and a GP.

She completed her Academic GP training at the end of 2012 and has been a Clinical Research Fellow at the Primary Care Unit in Cambridge up to 2014, where she is now an Honorary Visiting Research Associate.

Anna De Simoni graduated in Medicine at the University of Milan where she went on to complete her PhD in Neurophysiology. She went to University College London for her first postdoctoral position where she obtained a Marie Curie Individual Research Fellowship (EU funded).


  • 2015 to present: PBL facilitator, OSCE examiner, MSc Global Health Dissertation supervisor, SSC supervisor for medical students.
  • 2013 to present: Supervision of stage 3 medical students during GP OOH shifts.
  • 2012 to 2014 Facilitator of Communication Skills Sessions for stage 1-3 medical students, School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge. Certificate in Clinical Communication Skills Teaching, University of Cambridge, School of Clinical Medicine).
  • 2012 Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2012 (completion of HEA GP Tutor Development Course).
  • 2004-2005 Physiology tutorials to 1st year Human Physiology, University College London.
  • 2002-2004 Physiology tutorials to 1st year Medical students, University College London.
  • 1998-2000 Physiology tutorials to 2nd year Medical students, University of Milan, Italy.


Research Interests:

Current Funded Research Projects as Lead Researcher:

Anna research interests include:

1. Adherence to medications in chronic conditions (stroke, hypertension, diabetes, asthma), and the use of technology to improve and monitor adherence.

2. Online patients’ communities as source of research data and self-management support for patients with long term conditions.

3. Rehabilitation after stroke.


Jamison J, Sutton S, Mant J, De Simoni A. Barriers and facilitators to adherence to secondary stroke prevention medications after stroke: Analysis of survivors’ and caregivers’ views from an online stroke forum. BMJ Open 2017;7:e016814. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016814.

De Simoni A, Horne R, Fleming L, Bush A, Griffiths CJ. What do adolescents with asthma really think about adherence to inhalers? Insights from a qualitative analysis of a UK online forum. BMJ Open. 2017;7(6):e015245. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015245.

Izuka NJ, Alexander M, Balassoriya-Smeekens C, Mant J, De Simoni A. How do stroke survivors and their carers use practitioners’ advice on secondary prevention medications? Qualitative study of an online forum. Family Practice. 2017. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmx023.

De Simoni A, Griffiths CJ, Taylor SJC. Improving access to primary care: can on-line communities contribute? Br J Gen Pract. 2016;66(652):559.

De Simoni A, Shanks A, Balasooriya-Smeekens C, et al. Stroke survivors and their families receive information and support on an individual basis from an online forum: descriptive analysis of a population of 2348 patients and qualitative study of a sample of participants. (2016) BMJ Open;6:e010501.doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015 010501

Balasooriya-Smeekens C, Bateman A, Mant J, De Simoni A. Barriers and facilitators to staying in work after stroke: insight from an online forum. (2016) BMJ Open;6:e009974. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009974.

De Simoni A, Mant J, Sutton S. Adherence to medication in stroke survivors dependent on caregivers. (2015) Br J Gen Pract. 65 (640), e789-91. doi: 10.3399/bjgp15X687589.

Hardeman W, Lamming L, Kellar I, De Simoni A, Boase S,  Graffy J, Boase S, Sutton S, Farmer A, Kinmonth AL. Implementation of a nurse-led behaviour change intervention to support medication taking in type 2 diabetes: beyond hypothesised active ingredients (SAMS Consultation Study). (2014) Implementation Science. 2014 5;9:70. doi: 10.1186/1748-5908-9-70.

De Simoni A, Shanks A, Mant J, Skelton JR. Making sense of patients’ internet forums: a systematic method using discourse analysis. Br J Gen Pract. (2014) ;64(620):e178-80. doi: 10.3399/bjgp14X677671.

De Simoni A, Hardeman W, Mant J, Farmer AJ, Kinmonth AL. Trials to Improve Blood Pressure Through Adherence to Antihypertensives in Stroke/TIA: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. (2013) J Am Heart Assoc. 2(4):e000251. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.113.000251.

De Simoni A, Mullis R, Clyne W, Blenkinsopp A. Medicines optimisation in primary care: can community pharmacies deliver? (2012) Br J Gen Pract.; 62(601):398-9.

De Simoni A, Allen NJ, Attwell D (2008) “Charge compensation for NADPH oxidase activity in microglia in rat brain slices does not involve a proton current”. European Journal of Neuroscience 28(6) 1146-1156.

De Simoni A, Yu LMY (2006) “Preparation of organotypic hippocampal slice cultures: interface method”. Nature Protocols 1, 1439-1445.

De Simoni A, Griesinger CB, Edwards FA (2003) “Development of rat CA1 neurons in acute vs organotypic slices: role of experience in synaptic morphology and activity”. Journal of Physiology. 550(1) 135-47. 

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