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Laila J Tata

Associate Professor in Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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    Nottingham City Hospital
    Hucknall Road
    Nottingham
    NG5 1PB
    UK
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Biography

Dr Laila Tata obtained her BSc in Physiology at McGill University in Canada, before completing her MSc in Epidemiology at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and her PhD in Epidemiology at University of Nottingham.

Expertise Summary

Epidemiology and statistics, pregnancy, perinatal epidemiology, maternal-child health interactions, consequences of chronic disease, acute conditions and health behaviours (particularly mental health, respiratory, gastroenterology conditions in pregnancy), novel methods in drug safety, health inequalities, patient experience and health care services in lung cancer (National audits)

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Teaching Summary

Dr Tata teaches methods in epidemiology and statistics for the Master's in Public Health and MPH International courses. She is module convenor for Critical Thinking Skills on the BMedSci course for… read more

Research Summary

Dr Tata's main research interest is in the epidemiology of pregnancy and the perinatal period, and the relationships between maternal and child health. Her research focuses on adverse drug effects… read more

Selected Publications

  • Statistical Editor for Thorax International Journal of Respiratory Medicine (2008-2011)
  • Principal data analyst for annual National Lung Cancer Audit Reports (2009-2014) The Health and Social Care Information Centre, United Kingdom National Health Service (http://www.hscic.gov.uk/lung)
  • Memberships: International Epidemiology Association (IEA); Society for Social Medicine (SSM); The John Snow Society
  • Parental leave and childcare support advocacy for Gender Equality Nottingham and Athena SWAN

Dr Tata teaches methods in epidemiology and statistics for the Master's in Public Health and MPH International courses. She is module convenor for Critical Thinking Skills on the BMedSci course for medical students, which teaches how to critically appraise published medical literature. She has previously taught basic and advanced epidemiology and statistics for the MSc Applied Epidemiology, MSc Sports Medicine, MSc Oncology, MMedSci Assisted Reproduction Technology and international short courses.

She supervises MPH dissertations, BMedSci (medical degree student) projects and PhD students.

Current Research

Dr Tata's main research interest is in the epidemiology of pregnancy and the perinatal period, and the relationships between maternal and child health. Her research focuses on adverse drug effects and consequences of illness using routinely collected health data linked across multiple sources to create large population-based study cohorts (e.g. over 300,000 mother-child pairs). She has extensive expertise in using the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD, previously GPRD), The Health Improvement Network (THIN) database, Hospital Episode Statistics (HES and Maternity HES), and other disease registry data. Her international work collaborations include Sweden, USA, China and India.

Her studies in perinatal epidemiology are mainly in respiratory, gastroenterology and mental health. They include:

  • Fertility/infertility, pregnancy and birth complications for women with asthma, coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, hyperemesis gravidarum, depression and anxiety, anaemia, acute stroke and blood clots (venous thromboembolism - VTE, DVT, PE)
  • Potential impacts on children born to women with acute/chronic conditions in pregnancy, such as prematurity, congenital anomalies (birth defects), and later life health such as infections and survival. Studies of drug safety in pregnancy compare risks attributable to drug treatments with underlying disease risk (e.g. antidepressants and depression, steroids and asthma)
  • Maternal and household risk factors for children's health and later life acute and chronic illnesses (e.g. childhood injury, coeliac disease, anaemia).

Other work includes the effects of tobacco use and smoking cessation medications, healthcare service use and patient experience in cancer epidemiology. Her research has been funded by the ESRC, Wellcome Trust, NIHR, and various national and overseas charities.

School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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