Professor Ian Douglas is an epidemiologist, currently funded by an MRC Methodology Fellowship. He initially studied physiology and completed a PhD in Manchester. Since then he has spent several years at the UK Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and in the pharmaceutcial industry investigating adverse effects of drugs – both in clinical trials and post-marketing. He completed the MSc in epidemiology at LSHTM in 2005. He is the course organiser for the LSHTM Certificate Course in Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance.
His research interests are primarily in pharmacoepidemiology, and in particular, how we can use large primary care databases to investigate the effects of drugs – both harmful and beneficial. He is exploring methodologies to minimise some of the biases inherent in the research of drug effects, and main current areas of interest are case-only approaches to study design and the use of propensity scores. He is also a member of the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency’s Pharmacovigilance Expert Advisory Group.
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