Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Research Associate



+44 (0)20 7594 7940a.amaral




G29Emmanuel Kaye BuildingRoyal Brompton Campus





I am an epidemiologist in the Population Health and Occupational Disease section at the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI). From here, I coordinate the follow-up of the Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease study participants in several low/middle-income countries (BOLD II).

Prior to joining NHLI, I conducted studies on the association of cancer with environmental and epigenetic factors.


I contribute to teaching on the Respiratory BSc course, BSc in Global Health, and MPH/MSc in Modern Epidemiology.

Blog posts

Scientists question the role of solid fuels in common lung disease. Blog: The Surg; September 17, 2017.

COPD - Son of a TB. Blog: Institute of Global Health Innovation; June 17, 2016.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Amaral AFS, Patel J, Kato BS, et al., 2018, Airflow Obstruction and Use of Solid Fuels for Cooking or Heating BOLD (Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease) Results, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Vol:197, ISSN:1073-449X, Pages:595-610

Amaral AFS, Strachan DP, Burney PGJ, et al., 2017, Female Smokers Are at Greater Risk of Airflow Obstruction Than Male Smokers UK Biobank, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Vol:195, ISSN:1073-449X, Pages:1226-1235

Amaral AFS, Coton S, Kato B, et al., 2015, Tuberculosis associates with both airflow obstruction and low lung function: BOLD results, European Respiratory Journal, Vol:46, ISSN:0903-1936, Pages:1104-1112

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