Imperial College London

Dr Austen El-Osta

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Primary Care Research Manager



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323Reynolds BuildingCharing Cross Campus





I am Director of the Self-Care Academic Research Unit (SCARU) & Primary Care Research Manager at the School of Public Health. I'm also supporting the WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Education and Training, NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative London, West London Research Network (WeLReN), Imperial Research Hub and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHT) Directorate of Public Health & Primary Care in the same capacity.

My principal aim is to widen access & participation in research and to help accelerate the widespread adoption & diffusion of evidence-based health and wellbeing interventions.

Prior to assuming this role, I was based at Guy’s Hospital where I worked in a similar capacity within the NIHR Clinical Research Network. My earlier career spanned a number of disparate fields including molecular & cell biology, vision research, laser-tissue interaction & medical device engineering.

Self-Care Academic Research Unit (SCARU)

SCARU is a tripartite collaboration between Imperial College School of Public Health, the Self-Care Forum & the International Self-Care Foundation where I am also Director & Trustee. SCARU will explore how the application of self-care could result in improved outcomes & lower dependency on NHS resources in the contemporary setting, whilst also identifying key evidence-based recommendations for the consideration of commissioners of health & policy makers. The Unit will act as a hub with the aim of making the absolute case for self-care by coordinating a wide portfolio of research activity.


I hold a Doctorate in Medicine from King’s College London, a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the London South Bank University, an MSc in Pathology & Virology from Imperial College London & a BSc in Molecular Biology & Genetics from Queen Mary University of London. I was recently awarded Chartered Manager (C.Mgr) status by the Chartered Management Institute but failed miserably at becoming a certified PRINCE2 practitioner.

I'm otherwise fascinated with bees, honey & apitherapy. I continue to be inspired by Bach's reverential French Suites & Partitas, and consider Martha Argerich & Yuja Wang as the most formidable pianists alive today. I also have a lot of admiration for the veritable Andras Schiff. The rest is noise.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

El-Osta A, Riboli Sasco E, Barbanti E, et al., 2023, Tools for measuring individual self-care capability: a scoping review, BMC Public Health, Vol:23, ISSN:1471-2458, Pages:1-31

Painter A, Hayhoe B, Riboli-Sasco E, et al., 2022, Online symptom checkers: recommendations for a vignette-based clinical evaluation standard, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Vol:24, ISSN:1438-8871

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