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Congratulations to our recent PhD completions!

Congratulations to former PhD students, Luke Daines and Holly Tibble on their recent completions!

Luke Daines

Headshot of Luke Daines
Luke Daines, former PhD student at the Centre

Luke Daines defended his viva in March 2021. His PhD clinical fellowship (funded by the Chief Scientist Office) sought to make it easier for doctors and nurses in primary care to weigh up the likelihood of asthma. He developed a clinical prediction model, which identified 11 ‘predictors’ that could be gathered during a consultation to support primary care clinicians to assess the probability of an asthma diagnosis in children and young people.

Luke's PhD study

Luke was based at the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh. He continues to develop the prediction model into a clinical decision support system with Professor Hilary Pinnock as part of the Asthma UK / Innovate UK funded ADxDA (Asthma Diagnosis Decision Aid) study.

Project: ADxDA

Since finishing his PhD, he has worked as a Senior Research Fellow alongside Centre Director, Professor Aziz Sheikh. He was initially part of the PHOSP-COVID consortium (December 2020– July 2021), and will now join the COVID-19 National Core Studies (NCS) programme of work.

COVID-19 National Core Studies

Holly Tibble

Holly Tibble
Holly Tibble, former PhD student at the Centre

Holly Tibble completed her PhD viva in June 2021. Her study related to the use of machine learning models in primary care data to predict asthma attacks occurring in the next month. A particularly challenging part of this was looking at how adherence to medicines could be estimated from prescription records.

Holly's PhD study

Holly’s PhD was also based at the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh. Her study related to the use of machine learning models in primary care data to predict asthma attacks occurring in the next month. A particularly challenging part of this was looking at how adherence to medicines could be estimated from prescription records.

We are delighted she has now joined the Centre as a Research Fellow. She will now be carrying out a project focussing on developing methods to extract asthma-related outcomes from electronic health records. Using these, she will evaluate the impact of interventions such as revisions to the BTS/SIGN asthma treatment guidelines.

Holly's Research Fellow project

 

We wish Luke and Holly the best of luck in their new roles, and thank them for being part of the Centre!

When restrictions allow, we hope to celebrate their graduation success together!