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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Dr Francesca Pesola, MSc PhD


Research Fellow in Statistics

Centre: Centre for Public Health & Policy

Telephone: 0207 882 5722


I am a statistician at the Centre for Public Health and Policy, where I work on several projects on smoking cessation and weight management.

I am a Chartered Statistician with over 10 years of experience working in both academia and the Civil Service and I have published over 40 papers including in top medical journals, such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Lancet. I also presented my research findings at national and international conferences. 

Being active in several medical research areas has enabled me to gain a thorough understanding of a range of statistical and methodological concepts. Over the years, I have acquired extensive experience of designing and analysing data from both individual and cluster randomised controlled trials. I also have extensive experience of analysing large datasets from cancer registries, GP records, national surveys, and data from longitudinal cohort studies.

Alongside my primary role, I am a Deputy Statistics & Methodology Editor for Addiction and Scientific Advisor for the Medito Foundation.


Research Interests:

  • Medical statistics
  • Tobacco harm reduction
  • Weight management
  • Cancer screening
  • Time series analysis


Please click through to see a complete list of Francesca's publications.

Featured publications

Pesola F, Rebolj M, Leeson S, Dunk L, Pickford L, Gjini A, Sasieni P. Introducing human papillomavirus (HPV) primary testing in the age of HPV vaccination: projected impact on colposcopy services in Wales. Bjog. 2021;128(7):1226-35. doi:10.1002/ijc.33900

Offman, J, Pesola, F, Fitzgerald, RC, Hamilton, W, & Sasieni, P. Impact of Barrett oesophagus diagnoses and endoscopies on oesophageal cancer survival in the UK: A cohort study. Cancer Medicine (2021). doi:10.1002/cam4.4484

Hajek P, Przulj D, Pesola F, McRobbie H, Peerbux S, Phillips-Waller A, et al. A randomised controlled trial of the 5:2 diet. PLoS One. 2021;16(11):e0258853. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0258853

Pesola F, Eloranta S, Martling A, Saraste D, Smedby KE. Family history of colorectal cancer and survival: a Swedish population-based study. J Intern Med. 2020;287(6):723-33. doi:10.1111/joim.13036

Hajek P, Phillips-Waller A, Przulj D, Pesola F, Myers Smith K, Bisal N, et al. A Randomized Trial of E-Cigarettes versus Nicotine-Replacement Therapy. N Engl J Med. 2019;380(7):629-37. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1808779

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