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Personal Statement

I am a statistician, with a 5-year chancellor’s fellowship award, collaborating with researchers, clinicians, epidemiologists and consultants in the NHS and international partners on data driven solutions to problems in public health and epidemiology.  My work has helped to shape public health policy, in particular my work evaluating the impact of the HPV vaccination has provided the evidence base for vaccine and cervical screening policy in Scotland and contributed to the international evidence base.

In light of this research, I was awarded the 2018 Royal Society of Edinburgh Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane Medal for recognition of my “outstanding, internationally renowned research in public health epidemiology and health informatics”.

My publications span the fields of statistics, informatics, medicine and epidemiology with publications in top-ranking journals such as Lancet Infectious Diseases and the BMJ. My statistical expertise lies in the analysis and modelling of large observational health datasets with research interest in the fields of public health epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology and digital health.

With my research expertise, highly cited articles and high impact publications, and growing research group, I am collaborating with colleagues to create an internationally renowned centre in statistical epidemiology and health informatics, spanning the departments of Mathematics and Statistics, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science and Computer and Information Science.

I am an active contributor to my statistical community, elected to the Council of the Royal Statistical Society in 2014, where I currently hold the post of honorary officer for conferencing and events with responsibility for organisation and strategy of their international conference.

Education/Academic qualification



External positions

Honorary statistician, NHS National Services Scotland

1 Apr 201531 Mar 2017

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Scotland Medicine & Life Sciences
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Infection Medicine & Life Sciences
Cohort Studies Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2009 2023

Research Output 2008 2019

A prospective cohort study of HPV-driven oropharyngeal cancers; implications for prognosis and immunisation

Wakeham, K., Pan, J., Pollock, K. G., Millan, D., Bell, S., McLellen, D., McPhaden, A., Conway, D. I., Graham, S. V., Kavanagh, K. & Cuschieri, K., 15 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Clinical Oncology. 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Oropharyngeal Neoplasms
Cohort Studies
Prospective Studies
Human papillomavirus 16

Characteristics and hospital activity of elderly patients receiving admission avoidance home visits: a population-level record linkage study

Martin, M. C., Bouamrane, M-M., Woolman, P., Kavanagh, K. & Young, D., 21 Nov 2019, MEDINFO 2019: Health and Wellbeing e-Networks for All - Proceedings of the 17th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics. Ohno-Machado, L. & Séroussi, B. (eds.). Amsterdam, p. 556-560 5 p. (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; vol. 264).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

Open Access
House Calls
Patient Admission
Set theory
Control Groups


Prize-winning presenter at Young Statisticians Meeting 2010

Kimberley Kavanagh (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Royal Society of Edinburgh 2018 Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane Medal

Kimberley Kavanagh (Recipient), 6 Aug 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Natural Science Disciplines
Public Health

Activities 2008 2019

  • 4 Membership of committee
  • 3 Organiser of major conference
  • 2 Participation in conference
  • 1 Membership of council

Royal Statistical Conference 2019

Kimberley Kavanagh (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference

NHS National Institute for Health Research (External organisation)

Kimberley Kavanagh (Advisor)
1 Nov 201731 Dec 2020

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee