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Overview

I'm a postdoctoral researcher in Epidemiology and Statistics at Professor Tjeerd van Staa's team since March 2021. I have been awarded a Development and Skills Enhancement (DSE) fellowship from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). 

The DSE fellowship focuses on adverse drug reactions in polypharmacy. It includes training and development in patient and public involvement, data analytics in the OpenSAFELY platform, integration of biological knowledge, and health inequities.

I have contributed to the NIHR-funded BRIT2 project, aiming to optimise and personalise the prescribing of antibiotics. In this project, I contributed to development of a Knowledge Support System (KSS) for prescribing antibiotics in primary care that is now being tested in a cluster trial. Details about the KSS can be found in the BRIT2 protocol: https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/13/8/e076296.abstract.

We used large national data of electronic health records using the OpenSAFELY platform (24 million people's records) in order to develop risk prediction models for the KSS. We also analysed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on antibiotic prescribing for treatment of common infections.

In another study, we evaluated the risks of adverse drug reactions in people with polypharmacy. We used machine learning and explainable machine learning methods to predict the risks and interpret the predictions.

Qualifications

I completed a PhD in Computer Science under supervision of Dr William Marsh at Queen Mary University of London, UK. In my PhD, I focused on the Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) case study of the EPSRC-funded PamBayesian project led by Professor Norman Fenton. I closely collaborated with a rheumatologist team and we built multiple Bayesian network models for diagnosis, self-management, and personalised care of RA. These models can help clinicians and patients to improve their decision-making and manage the quality of life of RA patients. My PhD thesis is available in this link. Prior to my PhD, I gained a Master's degree in Management Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey and a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tabriz, Iran.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Decision-Support for Rheumatoid Arthritis Using Bayesian Networks: Diagnosis, Management, and Personalised Care, Queen Mary University of London

Award Date: 28 Feb 2022

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Healthier Futures

Keywords

  • Decision support systems
  • statistics
  • explainable artificial intelligence
  • causal inference

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