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Dr Valentina Gallo, MD, LSHTM-MSc, PhD


Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology

Telephone: 020 7882 6135



Valentina was born in Rome (Italy) in 1975; she graduated in Medicine and Surgery and specialised in Clinical Neurology at 'la Sapienza' University of Rome. During the Med School years she experiences her first migration studying for one year at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain) with the Erasmus interchange.
Once she got her clinical specialisation, after a short experience with Medicines Sans Frontieres (MSF), she moved to London where she already had studied a Master degree at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Here she worked at Imperial College London, with Prof Paolo Vineis and back at LSHTM with Dr Tony Fletcher before joining QMUL in October 2012.
Valentina now lives in North East London with her partner, their young daughter, and a restless black and white cat.



Valentina Gallo is a Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology, joining QMUL in October 2012. Valentina is a neuroepidemiologist with both clinical neurological qualification and epidemiological background. She graduated in Medicine in 2000 at 'la Sapienza' University of Rome, where she also obtained her clinical qualification as Neurologist in 2005. She attended the MSc in Demography and Health at LSHTM in 2003-04.

Before joining QMUL, Valentina worked as Research Associate at the School of Public Health, at Imperial College London collaborating closely with Professor Paolo Vineis on a number of projects; and as Clinical Lecturer in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) on the C8 Health Project with Dr Tony Fletcher and the other members of the team on the health effect of pefluorinated compound exposure.

Valentina's main fields of interests include neuroepidemiology (she is currently investigating risk factors for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Parkinson's disease); environmental, molecular, and social epidemiology.

In June 2016 Valentina was awarded a major grant entitled "BRain health and healthy AgeING in retired Rugby players, the BRAIN study" by the Drake Foundation together with Prof Neil Pearce (LSHTM) and Dr Damien McElvenny (IoM).


Valentina teaches in the course of Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the Master Course in International Health, and she is an OCSE examiner.

She also teaches Molecular Epidemiology within the Environmental Epidemiology course at the London School f Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

She leads the BSc module Introduction to epidemiology & statistics

+44 20 7882 6135


Research Interests:

Neuroepidemiology (mainly Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Parkinson's disease); environmental, molecular, and social epidemiology. 

Valentina is mainly interested in investigating environmental determinants of neurological diseases (dementia, Parkinson's disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, and others), and their interaction with other risk factors and genetic predisposition.

She is also interested in exploring the value of using biomarkers in epidemiological research, and in the theoretical work behind molecular epidemiological studies.

Finally, Valentina is also interested in contributing to the understanding of social determinants of health and diseases.



Gallo V, Wark PA, Jenab M, Pearce N, Brayne C, Vermeulen R, Andersen PM, Hallmans G, Kyrozis A, Vanacore N, Vahdaninia M, Grote V, Kaaks R, Mattiello A, Bueno-de-Mesquita HB, Peeters PH, Travis RC, Petersson J, Hansson O, Arriola L, Jimenez-Martin JM, Tjønneland A, Halkjær J, Agnoli C, Sacerdote C, Bonet C, Trichopoulou A, Gavrila D, Overvad K, Weiderpass E, Palli D, Quirós JR, Tumino R, Khaw KT, Wareham N, Barricante-Gurrea A, Fedirko V, Ferrari P, Clavel-Chapelon F, Boutron-Ruault MC, Boeing H, Vigl M, Middleton L, Riboli E, Vineis P.: “Prediagnostic body fat and risk of death from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: The EPIC cohort Neurology 2013 in press [IF 2011: 8.312]

Valentina Gallo, H Bas Bueno-de-Mesquita, Roel Vermeulen, Peter Andersen, Andreas Kyrozis, Jakob Linseisen, Rudolph Kaaks, Naomi E Allen, Andrew W Roddam, Hendriek C Boshuizen, Petra H Peeters, Domenico Palli, Amalia Mattiello, Sabina Sieri, Rosario Tumino, Juan-Manuel Jiménez-Martín, María José Tormo Díaz, Laudina Rodriguez Suarez, Antonia Trichopoulou, Antonio Agudo, Larraitz Arriola, Aurelio Barricante-Gurrea, Sheila Bingham, Kay-Tee Khaw, Jonas Manjer, Björn Lindkvist, Kim Overvad, Flemming Winther Bach, Anne Tjønneland, Anja Olsen, Manuela M Bergmann, Heiner Boeing, Francoise Clavel-Chapelon, Eiliv Lund, Göran Hallmans, Lefkos Middleton, Paolo Vineis, Elio Riboli: “Smoking and risk of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: analysis of the EPIC cohort” Annals of Neurology, 2009;65(4):378-385 (IF-2008: 9.935). Accompanied by the editorial: “Cigarettes and ALS: Only smoke or also fire?” by Weiskopf MG and Ascherio A

Valentina Gallo, Matthias Egger, Valerie McCormack, Peter B Farmer, John PA Ioannidis, Micheline Kirsch-Volders,  Giuseppe Matullo, David H Phillips, Bernadette Schoket, Ulf Stromberg, Roel Vermeulen, Christopher Wild, Miquel Porta, Paolo “STrengthening the Reporting of OBservational studies in Epidemiology – Molecular Epidemiology (STROBE-ME). An extension of the STROBE statement.” Simultanusly published in PLoS Medicine 2011;8:e1001117 (IF 2010: 15.617); Mutagenesis 2011; 27(1):17-29 (IF 2010: 3.983), Eur J Epidemiol 2011;26(10):797-810 (IF 2010: 4.535), Prev Med 2011; 53(6):377-87 (IF 2010: 3.299), J Clin Epidemiol 2011;64(12):1350-63 (IF 2010: 3.753), and J Epidemiol Comm Health 2011;66(9):844-54 (IF 2010: 2.983) and Eur J Clin Invest 2011; 42(1):1-16 (IF 2010: 2.736)

Gallo V, Mackenbach JP, Ezzati M, Menvielle G, Kunst AE, Rohrmann S, Kaaks R, Teucher B, Boeing H, Bergmann MM, Tjønneland A, Dalton SO, Overvad K, Redondo ML, Agudo A, Daponte A, Arriola L, Navarro C, Gurrea AB, Khaw KT, Wareham N, Key T, Naska A, Trichopoulou A, Trichopoulos D, Masala G, Panico S, Contiero P, Tumino R, Bueno-de-Mesquita HB, Siersema PD, Peeters PP, Zackrisson S, Almquist M, Eriksson S, Hallmans G, Skeie G, Braaten T, Lund E, Illner AK, Mouw T, Riboli E, Vineis P: “Social inequalities and mortality in Europe - results from a large multi-national cohort” PLoS One. 2012;7(7):e39013. (IF 2011: 4.092)

Johansson M, Relton C, Ueland PM, Vollset SE, Midttun Ø, Nygård O, Slimani N, Boffetta P, Jenab M, Clavel-Chapelon F, Boutron-Ruault MC, Fagherazzi G, Kaaks R, Rohrmann S, Boeing H, Weikert C, Bueno-de-Mesquita HB, Ros MM, van Gils CH, Peeters PH, Agudo A, Barricarte A, Navarro C, Rodríguez L, Sánchez MJ, Larrañaga N, Khaw KT, Wareham N, Allen NE, Crowe F, Gallo V, Norat T, Krogh V, Masala G, Panico S, Sacerdote C, Tumino R, Trichopoulou A, Lagiou P, Trichopoulos D, Rasmuson T, Hallmans G, Riboli E, Vineis P, Brennan P. “Serum B vitamin levels and risk of lung cancer”. JAMA 2010 Jun 16;303(23):2377-85. (IF 2009: 28.899)

Gallo V, Leonardi G, Genser B, Lopez-Espinosa MJ, Frisbee SJ, Karlsson L, Ducatman AM, Fletcher T: “Serum Perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) Concentrations and Liver Function Biomarkers in a Population with Elevated PFOA Exposure”. Environ Health Perspect. 2012;120(5):655-60 (IF 2010: 6.087)

Menvielle G, Boshuizen H, Kunst AE, Dalton SO, Vineis P, Bergmann MM, Hermann S, Ferrari P, Raaschou-Nielsen O, Tjønneland A, Kaaks R, Linseisen J, Kosti M, Trichopoulou A, Dilis V, Palli D, Krogh V, Panico S, Tumino R, Büchner FL, van Gils CH, Peeters PH, Braaten T, Gram IT, Lund E, Rodriguez L, Agudo A, Sánchez MJ, Tormo MJ, Ardanaz E, Manjer J, Wirfält E, Hallmans G, Rasmuson T, Bingham S, Khaw KT, Allen N, Key T, Boffetta P, Duell EJ, Slimani N, Gallo V, Riboli E, Bueno-de-Mesquita HB: “The role of smoking and diet in explaining educational inequalities in lung cancer incidence” J Natl Cancer Inst 2009;101:321-330 (IF, 2007: 15.678)

Gallo V, Neasham D, Airoldi L, Ferrari P, Jenab M, Boffetta P, Overvad K, Tjønneland A, Clavel-Chapelon F, Boeing H, Pala V, Palli D, Panico S, Tumino R, Arriola L, Lund E, Bueno-De-Mesquita B, Peeters PH, Melander O, Hallmans G, Riboli E, Saracci R, Vineis P: “Second-hand Smoke, Cotinine Levels, and Risk of Circulatory Mortality in a Large Cohort Study of Never-Smokers”. Epidemiology 2010 Mar;21(2):207-14. (IF 2008: 5.406)

Valentina Gallo, Aneire Khan, Carlos Gonzales, David H. Phillips, Bernadette Schoket, Erika Gyoffry, Livia Anna , Katalin Kovacs, Peter Moller , Steffen Loft, Soterios Kyrtopoulos, Giuseppe Matullo and Paolo Vineis: “Validation of biomarkers for the study of environmental carcinogens: a review” Biomarkers 2008 Jun 12:1-30 (IF, 2006: 2.203)

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Public Engagement

In collaboration with Dr Valeria Baltar and Dr Silvia Polidoro, They are conducting a survey on household pesticide exposure in London, Rio de Janeiro and Turin. If you live in London and want to take part to this study,please click on the link to answer a few questions. If you want to share this, please use the hashtag #HouseholdPesticideSurvey on social media. Please contact Dr Valentina Gallo for any further information at