Associate Professor and Advanced NIHR Fellow

University of Leicester


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Dr Claire Lawson

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Claire joined University of Leicester as a Wellcome Trust postdoctoral research fellow in 2017 after completing a NIHR doctoral fellowship and PhD in Clinical Science at Keele University. She currently holds an NIHR Advanced Fellowship within the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences. She is a clinical epidemiologist and nurse lecturer with 25 years’ experience in cardiovascular clinical care education and research. Claire leads a research programme using ‘big data’ to investigate heart failure epidemiology patient centred outcomes and health informatics. Her NIHR Advanced Fellowship focuses on using patient reported outcome measures to develop a dynamic prediction model intervention to reduce unplanned hospital admissions for heart failure patients. She is Junior Secretary for the British Association of Nursing in Cardiovascular Care and a member of the BHF Research Committee and NIHR RfPB review committee and sits on the editorial board for Journal American College Cardiology (Heart Failure), European Journal of Heart Failure and the British Journal of Cardiology Nursing and she is an associate lecturer at Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Previously Claire was a task force member for the current European Heart Failure Nurse Curriculum.

Her heart failure research programme has been funded by Wellcome Trust (Early Career Fellowship) and NIHR (Doctoral and Advanced Fellowship and RfPB). She also works closely with Leicester Real World Evidence Unit on cardio metabolic research in relation to Covid-19 work (HDRUK funding) and in collaboration with projects funded by NIHR HSDR and BHF. She is deputy director for Leicestershire Healthcare Inequalities Improvement Programme funded by Wellcome Trust.

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