Steven is an Epidemiologist based at the National Institute for Health Research Blood and Transplant Unit (NIHR BTRU) in Donor Health and Genomics where he where he leads genome-wide association studies of common adverse events in donor populations, such as restless legs syndrome, pica and vasovagal reactions. He also examines the causal role of iron and other biochemical markers in the aetiology of acute and chronic diseases using Mendelian randomisation approaches.
Outside of this, Steven co-leads a large-scale multi-cohort project investigating life course alcohol consumption and its association with a variety of health outcomes, including cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.
More widely, he has an interest in individual participant data meta-analysis, the use of electronic health records in medical research, the application and integration of various “-omic” technologies (e.g. metabolomics, proteomics), machine learning and modelling of longitudinal data.
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Emerging Risk Factors Collaboration/EPIC-CVD/UK Biobank Alcohol Study Group (11th of 120 authors) (2018). Risk thresholds for alcohol consumption: combined analysis of individual-participant data on 599,912 current drinkers in 83 prospective studies. The Lancet, 391(10129), 1513-1523.
Schormair, B.*, Zhao, C.*, Bell, S.*, [45 other authors], Di Angelantonio, E.#, Hinds, D.A.#, Müller-Myhsok, B.#, & Winkelmann, J.# (2017). Identification of novel risk loci for restless legs syndrome: a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies in individuals of European ancestry. The Lancet Neurology, 16(11), 898–907.
Bell, S., Daskalopoulou, M., Rapsomaniki, E., George, J., Britton, A., Bobak, M., Casas, J.P., Dale, C.E., Denaxas, S., Shah, A.D., & Hemingway, H. (2017). Association of clinically recorded alcohol consumption with the initial presentation of twelve cardiovascular diseases: a population-based cohort study using linked health records. BMJ, 356, j909.
Batty, G.D., Zaninotto, P., Watt, R.G., & Bell, S. (2017). Associations of pet ownership with biomarkers of ageing: population based cohort study. BMJ, 359, j5558.
Bell, S., Mehta, G., Moore, K., & Britton, A. (2017). Ten-year alcohol consumption typologies and trajectories of C-reactive protein, interleukin-6, and interleukin-1 receptor antagonist over the following 12 years: a prospective cohort study. Journal of Internal Medicine, 281(1), 75-85.
Britton, A., Hardy, R., Kuh, D., Deanfield, J., Charakida, M., & Bell, S. (2016). Twenty year trajectories of alcohol consumption during midlife and atherosclerotic thickening in early old age: findings from two British population cohort studies. BMC Medicine, 14, 111.
Bell, S., Russ, T.C., Kivimäki, M., Stamatakis, E., & Batty, G.D. (2015). Dose response association between psychological distress and risk of completed suicide in the general population. JAMA Psychiatry, 72(12), 1254-1256.
Knott, C., Bell, S., & Britton, A. (2015). Alcohol consumption and the risk of Type 2 diabetes mellitus: a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of over 1.9 million individuals from 38 observational studies. Diabetes Care, 38(9), 1804-1812.
Britton, A., Ben-Schlomo, Y., Benzeval, M., Kuh, D., & Bell, S. (2015). Life course trajectories of alcohol consumption in the United Kingdom using longitudinal data from nine cohort studies. BMC Medicine, 13, 47.
Bell, S., & Britton, A. (2014). An exploration of the dynamic longitudinal relationship between mental health and alcohol consumption: a prospective cohort study. BMC Medicine, 12, 91.