Cohort Four (2019)

Rami Cosulich

Rami completed a BA in International Relations and Development Studies at the University of Sussex. She then worked in the non-profit sector in Peru on community development and sexual and reproductive health. Following this she completed a Masters in Public Health at the Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública (Spain), University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique (France) as a scholarship recipient in the European Master in Public Health programme.

After her masters programme she worked as an Analyst at NHS Blood and Transplant evaluating marketing activities promoting blood donation. She then worked for more than three years on systematic reviews for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) clinical guidelines on cystic fibrosis, intrapartum care and postnatal care.

In the first year of her programme, Rami completed modules in Economic Evaluation, Cost-effectiveness Modelling for Health Technology Assessment, Advanced Simulation Methods, Further Statistical Methods for Health Economic Analysis. In the same year, Rami undertook three research attachments: the first one focused on incorporating inequalities in economic modelling of interventions for cardiovascular disease prevention, the second one looked at eliciting prior distributions for Bayesian inference, the third one involved quantitative analysis of parkrun data.

PhD Proposal:

Can an economic or equality case be made for expanding access to social care services for older people with functional limitations in England?

Supervisors: Sarah Barnes, Gurleen Popli, Chloe Thomas.

Kate Hayes

Kate studied Maths and Economics at Trinity College Dublin. She received an NIHR studentship to study an MSc in Health Economics at the University of York. Her Masters thesis, written on placement at the Centre for Health Economics, used MCMC calibration methods to parameterise a natural history model of lung cancer. Kate’s research interests lie in the incorporation of equity considerations into health technology assessment, and the effect of socioeconomic deprivation on health outcomes.

PhD Proposal Title:

What are the determinants of vulnerability to County Lines exploitation? What are the health and economic costs of County Lines?

Oluwatosin Kuti

Tosin obtained a medical degree from the University of Ibadan and has worked as a health system specialist with UNICEF, FHI-360 and the government of Nigeria.  His public health experience includes managing large scale maternal, newborn and adolescent health interventions in Nigeria, Tanzania and Ghana. He has a Masters in International Health with a focus on health research methods through the Erasmus Mundus, and a Masters in Health Economics from the University of Barcelona. He has a Higher Certificate in Statistics with the Royal Statistical Society and a Diploma in the Modelling of Infectious Diseases with the Pasteur Institute, Paris. He is interested in health services research, particularly in applying health technology assessment and decision analysis in resource allocation and healthcare system design.

PhD Proposal Title:

Economic modelling of Cervical cancer control interventions in sub Saharan African countries: A scenario analysis of the 2030 elimination targets for Nigeria

Yekta Saidi

Yekta studied an integrated Master of Physics at the University of Manchester, choosing to spend a year studying abroad at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. During her degree, she developed an interest in cosmology, working with simulation and observational data. Since graduating, she has worked as an analyst, first in a financial company and now in NHS England. Her work is focused on reducing unwarranted variation which has given her the opportunity to work on a range of metrics and indicators. During the Wellcome programme, she is keen to broaden her knowledge and develop skills to use data from multiple care settings to inform public policy.

Chloe Tuck

Chloe has a Masters in Biochemistry from Oxford University where she published a computational model of the cell cycle. Following this, she gained experience researching molecular cancer therapies. She has worked on project managing in health communications, medical education and health behaviour change research. She has presented at international conferences including the International Pharmacy Federation (FIP) Congress, and Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting People’s Forum in 2018. Prior to joining ScHARR, Chloe was International Projects Lead at the charity, The Commonwealth Pharmacists’ Association (CPA), overseeing multiple initiatives to strengthen pharmacy to improve health and wellbeing in resource-poor settings. This has included project managing a skill-sharing initiative funded by the UK Department of Health and Social Care to strengthen health systems in Ghana, Uganda, Zambia and Tanzania.

Chloe is passionate about health innovation in low resource settings and tackling health inequalities globally. She has recently published an editorial on medicines accessibility and quality in Morocco, working with collaborators in Oujda. Chloe is very excited to be joining ScHARR and gaining new skills to better understand and apply evidence from health and economics to make more informed public health decisions. In particular, gaining insights on evidence driven approaches to optimising how funding is allocated, whilst balancing challenges of resource limitations, for optimal health and wellbeing.