Professor Helen Colhoun

AXA Chair of Medical Informatics and Life Course Epidemiology


Helen Colhoun holds the AXA Research Fund endowed Chair in Medical Informatics and Life Course Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh and is Honorary Consultant in Public Health with NHS Fife. During the COVID-19 epidemic she has Co-Chaired the COVID-19 Modelling & Research cell at Public Health Scotland.

Helen is affiliated to both the  ‘Biomedical Genomics’ section of the Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit (HGU) and the ‘Genome Medicine’ section in the Centre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine (CGEM) within the Institute of Genetics and Cancer (IGC) where she leads the Diabetes Medical Informatics and Epidemiology programme. Helen is also affiliated to the Usher Institute and to the BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science. Helen joined the University of Edinburgh in 2016 having previously held tenured professorial posts in epidemiology at the University of Dundee, University College London and University College Dublin. Helen’s research has impacted on and been cited in clinical guidelines internationally and in national policy for diabetes. Helen and her team draw on advances in the availability of high dimensional ‘omics technologies and e-health record data to advance our understanding of the pathogenesis and means of prevention of diabetes complications.

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