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Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry


Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry is uniquely placed to carry out research on health inequalities. Below we list relevant research, authorship and media engagement.

September 2020

Why is race still in the British blood pressure guidelines?
Opinion piece from Dr Dipesh Gopal, Honorary Research Fellow at Institute of Population Health Sciences, on how ethnic minorities are treated differently when it comes to blood pressure guidelines in the UK.

Prevalence of suspected COVID-19 infection in patients from ethnic minority populations: a cross-sectional study in primary care
Lead author: Dr Sally Hull, Institute of Population Health Sciences

GPs recorded three times more suspected coronavirus cases than official figures
Daily Mail article referencing above study


August 2020

COVID-19, domestic violence and abuse, and urgent dental and oral and maxillofacial surgery care
Lead author: Professor Paul Coulthard, Dean for Dentistry

Effect of mammographic screening from age 40 years on breast cancer mortality (UK Age trial): final results of a randomised, controlled trial
Lead author: Professor Stephen Duffy, Wolfson Institute

Why British women desperately need earlier breast cancer screening
Telegraph article on above study by Professor Stephen Duffy

Architecture of the heart different between women and men and with age
British Heart Foundation news article on study by led by Dr Zahra Raisi-Estabragh, William Harvey Research Institute

Super-scan spots heart problems in women faster: Breakthrough technique could detect issues more quickly after research revealed unique differences in the organ in males and females
Daily Mail news article on abve study by led by Dr Zahra Raisi-Estabragh, William Harvey Research Institute


July 2020

The coronavirus divide: Why five groups are dying more than they should
In this Sky News article, Professor Seif Shaheen, Blizard Institute, explores the link between increased Covid-19 infection rates and BAME communities (Section 5 of article)

Covid-19 impact on ethnic minorities linked to housing and air pollution
Guardian article with Professors Christopher Griffiths and Jonathan Grigg, Blizard Institute


June 2020

Ethnicity and outcomes in patients hospitalised with COVID-19 infection in East London: an observational cohort study
Preprint article from Blizard and William Harvey Research Institute researchers

Greater risk of severe COVID-19 in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic populations is not explained by cardiometabolic, socioeconomic or behavioural factors, or by 25(OH)-vitamin D status: study of 1326 cases from the UK Biobank
Research study by Dr Zahra Raisi-Estabragh and Prof Steffen Petersen from the William Harvey Research Institute

Coronavirus: South Asian people most likely to die in hospital
BBC article on the above study, by Dr Zahra Raisi-Estabragh and Prof Steffen Petersen from the William Harvey Research Institute

Obesity and covid-19: the role of the food industry
BMJ article from Professors Feng He and Graham MacGregor, and Monique Tan, PhD researcher, William Harvey Research Institute

Obesity is a major risk factor in people becoming severely ill or dying from Covid-19.
Telegraph article reporting on the above study from William Harvey Research Institute researchers

UK public health bodies reviewing vitamin D's effects on coronavirus
Guardian article in which Professor Adrian Martineau says deaths among BAME NHS staff have brought the question of vitamin D deficiency to the fore. 


May 2020

Suspected COVID-19 in primary care: how GP records contribute to understanding differences in prevalence by ethnicity
Preprint article by Dr Sally Hull, Reader in Primary Care, Institute of Population Health Studies

Genetic analysis of thousands of coronavirus patients may explain huge differences in case severity 
Reuters article on the Genomics England study led by Professor Sir Mark Caulfield, William Harvey Research Institute