Aileen Neilson

Senior Health Economist


Aileen joined the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences & Informatics as a Senior Health Economist in October 2018 (prior to this post, she worked within the Health Economics Research Unit, University of Aberdeen). Her current role involves leading on and developing the health economics components of research studies in collaborations with other University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian researchers (including providing health economics advice and support in proposal development for randomised trials and other study designs, grant applications, contributing to the development of new methods and techniques in health economics through methodology research embedded within applied studies, and subsequent research publications.

Aileen has experience in conducting and managing health outcomes research and economic evaluation studies in the UK NHS setting and other European countries.

This current role is set against the background of the Edinburgh University Health Economics Group’s two main themes of early economic modelling to support research design, and the improved use of administrative data for costs and outcomes measurement.

She is also course organiser for the Introduction to Health Economics and Resource Allocation course on the Master of Public Health (on-campus). 

Aileen has worked in various clinical areas including oncology, orthopaedics & trauma surgery, intensive care, stroke, rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases and chronic pain.   She has 30 years of prior research experience, in academia (e.g. Universities of Nottingham, Dundee, St Andrews, York, Aberdeen), the NHS (Lothian - Primary and Community Care Division) and in health care consultancy roles (e.g. HealthEcon AG, Basel, Switzerland, and the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway).






BSc (Hons) Science with Management Studies (Napier University, Edinburgh).

MSc Operational Research (Strathclyde University, Glasgow).

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