MB BS PhD MRCGP
Anna De Simoni is a NIHR Academic Lecturer in Primary Care at Queen Mary University of London and visiting researcher at the Primary Care Unit. She was previously an ACF in Primary Care and a Clinical Research Associate in the cardiovascular group. She works as a GP in Cambridge.
Anna De Simoni graduated in Medicine at the University of Milan where she went on to complete her PhD in Neurophysiology. She went to University College London for her first postdoctoral position where she obtained a Marie Curie Individual Research Fellowship (EU funded).
Her current research interests include:
- Adherence to medications in chronic conditions (stroke, hypertension, diabetes, asthma), and the use of technology to improve and monitor adherence.
- Online patients’ communities as source of research data and self-management support for patients with long term conditions.
- Rehabilitation after stroke.
Anna provides supervision to undergraduate (SSC) and postgraduate students (MSc and PhD).She is a PBL facilitator and OSCE examiner.
De Simoni A, Griffiths CJ, Taylor SJ. Improving access to primary care: can online communities contribute? Br J Gen Pract. 2016;66(652):559. doi:10.3399/bjgp16X687721
De Simoni A, Shanks A, Balasooriya-Smeekens C, Mant J. Stroke survivors and their families receive information and support on an individual basis from an online forum: descriptive analysis of a population of 2348 patients and qualitative study of a sample of participants. BMJ Open 2016;6:e010501.doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015 010501
Balasooriya-Smeekens C, Bateman A, Mant J, De Simoni A. Barriers and facilitators to staying in work after stroke: insight from an online forum. BMJ Open 2016;6:e009974. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009974.
De Simoni A, Mant J, Sutton S. Adherence to medication in stroke survivors dependent on caregivers. Br J Gen Pract. 2015. 65 (640), e789-91. doi: 10.3399/bjgp15X687589.
Hardeman W, Lamming L, Kellar I, De Simoni A, Boase S, Graffy J, Boase S, Sutton S, Farmer A, Kinmonth AL. Implementation of a nurse-led behaviour change intervention to support medication taking in type 2 diabetes: beyond hypothesised active ingredients (SAMS Consultation Study). (2014) Implementation Science. In Press
De Simoni A, Shanks A, Mant J, Skelton JR. Making sense of patients’ internet forums: a systematic method using discourse analysis. Br J Gen Pract. (2014) ;64(620):e178-80. doi: 10.3399/bjgp14X677671.
De Simoni A. Improving out-of-hours handovers. Br J Gen Pract. (2014); 64(618):15-6. doi: 10.3399/bjgp14X676348.
De Simoni A, Hardeman W, Mant J, Farmer AJ, Kinmonth AL. Trials to Improve Blood Pressure Through Adherence to Antihypertensives in Stroke/TIA: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. (2013) J Am Heart Assoc. 2(4):e000251. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.113.000251.
De Simoni A, Mullis R, Clyne W, Blenkinsopp A. Medicines optimisation in primary care: can community pharmacies deliver? (2012) Br J Gen Pract.; 62(601):398-9.
De Simoni A, Allen NJ, Attwell D (2008) “Charge compensation for NADPH oxidase activity in microglia in rat brain slices does not involve a proton current”. European Journal of Neuroscience 28(6) 1146-1156.
De Simoni A, Yu LMY (2006) “Preparation of organotypic hippocampal slice cultures: interface method”. Nature Protocols 1, 1439-1445.
De Simoni A, Griesinger CB, Edwards FA (2003) “Development of rat CA1 neurons in acute vs organotypic slices: role of experience in synaptic morphology and activity”. Journal of Physiology. 550(1) 135-47.