Prof Nisreen Alwan is a Professor of Public Health at the University of Southampton and an Honorary Consultant in Public Health at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. She does research around how to prevent disease and optimise the wellbeing of young families leading to better long-term health and focusing on narrowing health inequalities. Prof Alwan has contributed to the public health response to the pandemic, particularly focusing on the recognition and the quantification of morbidity from COVID19, having initiated the call to Count ‘Long COVID’. She was awarded an MBE for services to Medicine and Public Health during the COVID19 pandemic in the Queen’s New Year Honours 2021. She was also named amongst other inspiring and influential women from around the world in the BBC 100 Women 2020 list. She is now doing research on Long Covid particularly focusing on inequalities in prevention, recognition and care.
Other research interests include:
Investigating the lifecourse aetiology of non-communicable diseases and exploring trans-generational influences on their epidemiology, in particular in relation to diet and nutritional status as risk factors.
Translating the findings from biomedical research studies which explore the early-life determinants of important public health outcomes such as childhood obesity into improvements in routine healthcare services and public health.
Investigating the effectiveness of public health interventions in reducing non-communicable disease risk and reducing health inequalities through tackling lifecourse risk factors, and the role of web-based and smartphone tools as interventions in these studies.
Improving dietary assessment methods to enhance the validity and reliability of exposure measurement in these relationships.
Exploring the wider social and cultural determinants of physical and mental health in women and children.
Preconception and interpregnancy health.
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