Imperial College London

Ruthie Parsons

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Research Postgraduate







Medical SchoolSt Mary's Campus





Project title: The Breast Milk, Environment, and Early-life Development (BEED) study

My research focuses on the relationship between levels of municipal waste incinerator related chemicals in the breast milk of BEED participants and modelled ambient chemical concentrations. I will also explore the relationship between the metabolomic profile of the breast milk and exposure to municipal waste incinerator related chemicals.

My PhD is funded by National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit (NIHR HPRU) in Chemical and Radiation Threats and Hazards and I am supervised by Professor Mireille Tolendano and Dr Ovnair Sepai.

Additionally, I am part of the Transition to Zero Pollution PhD Cohort, the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet Doctoral Training Partnership, and I am the Postgraduate Rep for the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Before joining Imperial, I completed a MSc in Global Health Science and Epidemiology at the University of Oxford and a BSc in Mathematics at Brunel University London with a placement year in Biostatistics at GSK.



Parsons RE, Colopy GW, Clifton DA, et al., 2022, Clinical prediction models in epidemiological studies: lessons from the application of QRISK3 to UK biobank data, Journal of Data Science, Vol:20, ISSN:1680-743X, Pages:1-13

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