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Eleni has worked in the field of Epidemiology and Public Health on projects related to chronic diseases. Eleni won a PhD fellowship and completed her PhD at Newcastle University, during which she quantified the association between respiratory prescribing, air quality and deprivation, at primary care level . She also proposed a method to define spatially the catchment area of primary care practices . Before starting her PhD, Eleni worked as Research Associate at Newcastle University, providing public health responses on industrial license applications, which was a process embedded on IPPC European Directive. After the completion of her PhD, Eleni worked at Durham University, in addressing applied health research questions and supporting the translation of research finding into practice (i.e. participated on the evaluation of a programme to prevent colorectal cancer, on the development of National GP Profiles tool). She also worked at University of Athens, towards a national Health Survey, part of the European Health Examination Surveys (EHES).
Eleni’s current research work focuses on understanding and identifying risk factors of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). PAH is a rare condition with greatly reduced life expectancy, characterized by high blood pressure confined to the lungs. The Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit collaborates with Professor Nick Morell’s research group for this work (http://www.med.cam.ac.uk/morrell/).
Eleni has particular interest in environmental epidemiology, spatial epidemiology and in the interaction of the environment with genetic factors. For her research work, she has previously used regression models with fixed and random parameters (i.e. mixed effects models, dynamic harmonic regression) and spatial data analysis (i.e kernel smoothing, splines interpolation, spatial/spatio-temporal autocorrelation tests).