Laura Vanderbloemen previously led Imperial's Research Design team, a collaborative project led by King’s College London, in partnership with Imperial, UCL and Queen Mary University of London, providing study design guidance to NHS staff, scientists and health technology companies focused on improving patient and public health through applied health research.
Recently she was appointed International Scholar at the Centre for Global Health, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and leads the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Research Methods modules at VinUniversity, a new university in Vietnam supported by Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania.
She is also working with the Cochrane Library to publish a review of activities that support the health and wellbeing of refugees in developed resettlement countries.
Laura's background is in epidemiology. She started out working for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Center for Infectious Disease (NCID) and later worked on identifying dermatological markers of paediatric metabolic syndrome among school children, and with the WHO / PAHO's Regional Advisor on Health Promotion and Health Education for Latin America and the Caribbean.
During her master’s degree she worked in a molecular epidemiology laboratory investigating risk factors for TB infection at the US-Mexico border and assisted the Department of Health for the State of New Mexico with the geographic mapping of TB. She has also contributed epidemiological data for economic evaluations of health interventions developed by USAID Peru and a WHO cost-effectiveness working group.
During her PhD research she conducted quantitative analyses of longitudinal data to examine potential health effects on children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy. She has also trained in Social Policy at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris.
et al., 2022, Community-based interventions for improving mental health in refugee children and adolescents in high-income countries, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Vol:2022, ISSN:1469-493X, Pages:1-88
et al., 2021, A computer vision-based yoga pose grading approach using contrastive skeleton feature representations, Healthcare, Vol:10, ISSN:2227-9032, Pages:1-12
et al., 2020, Interest in and use of smoking cessation support across pregnancy and postpartum, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, Vol:22, ISSN:1462-2203, Pages:1178-1186
et al., 2020, Community-based interventions for improving mental health in refugee children and adolescents in high-income countries, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, ISSN:1469-493X
Pattaro S, Vanderbloemen L, Minton J, 2020, Visualizing fertility trends for 45 countries using composite lattice plots, Demographic Research, Vol:42, ISSN:1435-9871, Pages:689-711