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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Mrs Nicola Firman


Health Data Scientist



I am a health data scientist and part-time PhD student in the REAL Child Health team, part of the Clinical Effectiveness Group in the Centre for Primary Care. My work focuses on using electronic health records to assess childhood obesity and its related health outcomes in an ethnically diverse child population in east London. To date, my work has included analyses of longitudinal data to establish whether there are ethnic patterns in parental concern about childhood obesity, understanding the implications of applying ethnic-specific BMI adjustments, and now focuses on understanding the morbidities and consultation patterns of children with obesity and their families in east London. As well as childhood obesity, I have research interests in childhood immunisations, and have spent time researching inequalities in HPV and MMR vaccine uptake.

Prior to working at Queen Mary, I completed a BSc at the University of Southampton in Population and Geography, followed by an MSc in Demography and Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in 2014.


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