Public Health, Infectious Diseases and Data (PHInDD)

Please find below our current  projects on public health, infectious diseases and data:
Active projects

Completed projects

Methane Early Warning Network (ME-NET) 2024-2025
Funded by The Wellcome Trust awarding £150,000. Key contact: Dr Harriet Moore.
This a two year study led by University of Lincoln which aims to pilot an integrated data platform (ME-NET) for regions with varying environmental and health data availability and quality, and with varying sources of methane super-emitters for, a) developing data synthesis approaches that are globally applicable, and b) training methane ‘early warning’ models that are robust to regional contexts.

Routine screening for gambling disorder and gambling-related harm within mental health and drug and alcohol services: A feasibility and pilot study 2024-2025
Funded by NIHR Policy Research Programme awarding £426,853.36. Key contact: Dr Zahid Asghar.
This a two year study led by University of Lincoln which aims to develop an appropriate screening tool for harmful (both at-risk and problem) gambling and the optimal referral pathway for those that need help.

Long Covid personalised self-management support – co-design and evaluation (LISTEN) 2021-2023
Funded by NIHR Long Covid grant awarding £1,055,520. Key contact: Prof Niro Siriwardena.
This a two year study co-led by Kingston and Cardiff Universities which aims to work in partnership with individuals living with long Covid to design and evaluate a package of self-management support personalised to their needs.

Diffusion of COVID-19 vaccines: Building vaccine confidence among diverse communities in Canada and the United Kingdom 2021-2022
Funded by British Academy COVID-19 Recovery G7 awarding £66,921. Key contact: Dr Agnes Nanyonjo.
This a six-month study led by the Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health, with CaHRU and University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada aiming to improve COVID-19 vaccine uptake in communities with low vaccine confidence, by co-developing and implementing products which will be used to build trust in vaccines in target communities.

Ambulance (Emergency Medical Service) interventions in response to pandemics: a scoping review (EMS pandemic review) 2020-2021
Unfunded study. Key contact: Despina Laparidou.
This a one year study led by University of Lincoln which aims to conduct a systematic scoping review of the literature on interventions, outcomes and experiences of the ambulance service response to pandemics.

Identifying and explaining clusters of acute physical and mental health conditions in the East Midlands of the UK and Ontario using ambulance call condition data: SatScan analysis and evaluation of health care system effectiveness (Emergency Medical Service Call Condition Cluster Study [EMSC3]) 2020-2022
Funded by University of Lincoln School of Geography, awarding £2000. Key contact: Dr Harriet Moore.
This is a three year collaborative study with the UK Canada Emergency calls Data analysis and GEospatial mapping (EDGE) Consortium, co-led by the University of Lincoln (CaHRU, LIIRH and School of Geography) with McMaster University, Ontario, Canada, and also including University of Leicester, East Midlands Ambulance Service and Niagara Emergency Medical Services which aims to investigate the epidemiology of 999 ambulance attendances for ambulatory care sensitive conditions in East Midlands, UK and Ontario, Canada.

What TRIage model is safest and most effective for the Management of 999 callers with suspected COVID-19? A linked outcome study (TRIM) 2020-2021
Funded by Medical Research Council (DHSC/UKRI COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative) awarding £358,400. Key contact: Prof Niro Siriwardena.
This is a one year study led by Swansea University with Universities of Stirling, St George’s and Kingston (University of London), Lincoln with Welsh, East Midlands and East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust which aims to evaluate models used to triage and manage emergency ambulance service care for patients with COVID-19 who call 999 in England, Wales and Scotland.

Ambulance calls for Substance use and Alcohol in a Pandemic (ASAP) 2020-2021
Unfunded. Key contact: Prof Graham Law.
This is a one-year study which seeks to review published evidence on the effect of the pandemic on alcohol and substance misuse and investigate ambulance service attendance and transports at incidents involving alcohol and/or substance use over the period of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

Understanding and learning from the impact of COVID-19 on probation’s work to improve the health of people under its supervision 2020-21
Funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), as part of UK Research & Innovation’s rapid response to Covid-19, awarding £58,695. Key contact: Dr Coral Sirdifield.
This study, funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) aims to provide insight into the nature and impact of the Covid-19 responses on health-related probation practice, the lived experience of accessing support for health issues whilst under probation supervision and partnership working and pathways into care.