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Elizabeth Orton

Associate Professor in Public Health, Head of Division of Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Dr Orton began her career in the field of hearing research at the University of Keele where she completed a PhD in 1996 investigating the cellular mechanisms of sensory hair cell degeneration and repair. After a short-term lectureship in neuroscience at the University of Sheffield she moved to the Loeb Research Institute, Canada, as a postdoctoral fellow to study the genetics of inner ear development and then continued this work at the MRC Institute of Hearing Research at the University of Nottingham.

In 2003 she joined the National Newborn Hearing Screening Programme where she established the quality assurance systems for neonatal hearing screening across England.

In 2008 she began public health specialty training in the East Midlands and in 2010 was appointed a part-time lectureship in public health in the Division of Primary Care at the University of Nottingham, working as part of the Injury Epidemiology and Prevention group. She is now an Associate Professor (University of Nottingham) and Consultant in Public Health (Leicestershire County Council).

Her research interests centre around injury epidemiology and prevention, including intervention studies, systematic reviews, large data analysis and implementation research.

Expertise Summary


Public health, primary care databases, STATA, service evaluation, injury epidemiology

Teaching Summary

Dr Orton gives lectures on Public Health year 2 BMedSci students. She also supervises research BMedSci students, MPH dissertations and doctors in training wanting to undertake academic placements.

Research Summary

Dr Orton's main area of research is injury epidemiology and how the frequency of injury has changed over time and differs between people of different ages in the UK. She uses primary care data to… read more

Selected Publications

  • LEWIS, M.A., QUINT, E., GLAZIER, A.M., FUCHS, H., HRABÉ DE ANGELIS, M., LANGFORD, C., VAN DONGEN, S., ABREU-GOODGER, C., PIIPARI, M., REDSHAW, N., DALMAY, T., MORENO-PELAYO, M.A., ENRIGHT, A.J. and STEEL, K.P., 2009. An ENU-induced mutation of a miRNA associated with progressive hearing loss in mice Nature Genetics. 41(5), 614-618
  • BOSMAN, ERIKA A, QUINT, ELIZABETH, FUCHS, HELMUT, HRABÉ DE ANGELIS, MARTIN and STEEL, KAREN P, 2009. Catweasel mice: a novel role for Six1 in sensory patch development and a model for branchio-oto-renal syndrome. Developmental biology. 328(2), 285-96
  • BECK, C.R., MCKENZIE, B.C., HASHIM, A.B., HARRIS, R.C., ZANUZDANA, A., AGBOADO, G., ORTON, E., BÉCHARD-EVANS, L., MORGAN, G., STEVENSON, C., WESTON, R., MUKAIGAWARA, M., ENSTONE, J., AUGUSTINE, G., BUTT, M., KIM, S., PULESTON, R., DABKE, G., HOWARD, R., O'BOYLE, J., O'BRIEN, M., AHYOW, L., DENNESS, H., FARMER, S., FIGUREROA, J., FISHER, P., GREAVES, F., HAROON M, HAROON, S., HIRD, C., ISBA, R., ISHOLA, D.A., KERAC, M., PARISH, V., ROBERTS, J., ROSSER, J., THEAKER, S., WALLACE, D., WIGGLESWORTH, N., LINGARD, L., VINOGRADOVA, Y., HORIUCHI, H., PENALVER, J. and NGUYEN-VAN-TAM, J.S., 2011. Influenza vaccination for immunocompromised patients: systematic review and meta-analysis from a public health policy perspective PLoS One. 6(12), e29249
  • SMITH, A, ZHANG, J, GUAY, D, QUINT, E, JOHNSON, A and AKIMENKO, M A, 2008. Gene expression analysis on sections of zebrafish regenerating fins reveals limitations in the whole-mount in situ hybridization method. Developmental dynamics : an official publication of the American Association of Anatomists. 237(2), 417-25
  • Head of Division of Primary Care, 2020-2021
  • Faculty of Public Health- Fellow
  • Spanish Neonatal Hearing Screening conferences- Invited speaker 2008 and 2009
  • Health Education England East Midlands clinical academic rep for Public Health
  • Previous external examiner for the University of Birmingham MPH programme
  • Faculty of Public Health Diplomate exam examiner

Current Research

Dr Orton's main area of research is injury epidemiology and how the frequency of injury has changed over time and differs between people of different ages in the UK. She uses primary care data to investigate the factors that influence injury, including alcohol harm (excessive consumption, violence related to alcohol, parental alcohol misuse), and other social factors.

She is currently involved with researching factors associated with injury in pre-school children, looking at maternal alcohol misuse and its association with injuries such as fractures, burns and poisoning, in children under 5 years old.

She is also a Consultant in Public Health.

Past Research

previously worked in developmental biology, identifying genes responsible for congenital deafness and repair in the inner ear following ototoxicity.

Future Research

She is interested in studying the implementation of evidence-based interventions into practice.

School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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