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Professor Joan Morris

Professor of Medical Statistics
Conducting research on the surveillance and prevention of congenital anomalies

My research focuses on the epidemiology of congenital anomalies and the safety of medications in pregnancy. I am the  primary investigator on the EUROlinkCAT study which involves supporting 22 registries in 14 countries in Europe to link their data on births with congenital anomalies to hospital episode statistics, national mortality data, prescription data bases, GP data and education data. The aim is to obtain more information about the lives of children children with congenital anomalies up to 10 years of age. I also work on the ConcePTION study which aims to improve safety of medications used in pregnancy.

Professor Morris received her MSc. in medical Statistics from Oxford University in 1985 and her PhD in Epidemiology from London University in 1992. She became a Chartered Statistician in 1994. Since then she has worked extensively with Professors Nicholas Wald and Malcolm Law in the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Queen Mary University of London. She was appointed Professor of Medical Statistics in 2008. Professor Morris was the director of the National Down Syndrome Cytogenetic Register from 1999 to 2014.

In 2018 she joined the Population Health Research Institute at St George's University of London.

Professor Morris is currently scientific leader of EUROCAT and PI of the EUROlinkCAT study

Professor Joan Morris is a statistician/epidemiologist who focuses on the epidemiology of congenital anomalies. She is

  • The scientific leader of EUROCAT - the European network of congenital anomaly registries and is responsible for the statistical methodology used by EUROCAT to provide surveillance of congenital anomalies. She has particular interest in the prevention of Neural Tube Defects by folic acid fortification and in Down syndrome (as Director of the National Down Syndrome Cytogenetic Register)
  • A member of the EUROmediCAT consortium, which includes all EUROCAT registries who collect data on first trimester medications. Her work focuses on the routine detection of potential new teratogens.
  • PI of the Horizon 2020 project EUROlinkCAT which involves supporting 22 registries in 14 countries in Europe to link their data on births with congenital anomalies to hospital episode statistics, national mortality data, prescription data bases, GP data and education data. The aim is to obtain more information about the lives of children children with congenital anomalies up to 10 years of age.
  • Lead statistician on the EPICure project at UCL. EPICure is a series of studies of survival and later health among babies and young people who were born at extremely low gestations – from 22 to 26 weeks in the UK.
  • Collaborator with Professor Sir Nicholas Wald and Professor Law in their work on cardio-vascular prevention at QMUL. She is the lead statistician involved with the H Pylori Screening study which screened and treated 56,000 people for H Pylori infection and is following them up for over 20 years to determine if this will reduce their risk of stomach cancer.

Research Group

High Claridge : Project Manager EUROlinkCAT

Joachim Tan : Statistician

Abigail Reid : Statistician

Elizabeth Limb : Statistician

Matt Pryce : Statistician

Gillian Briggs : Statistician

 

 

Collaborations

Professor Morris is a member of the Population Health Research Institute.

 

External collaborations

Queen Mary University of London                                                   

Professor Malcolm Law, Professor Narendra Aladengady

Ulster University                                                                                   

Professor Helen Dolk, Dr Maria Loane

Leicester University

Professor Liz Draper

Oxford University

Professor Jennifer Kurinczuk

UCL

Professor Nicholas Wald, Professor Neil Marlowe

Newcastle University                                                                           

Professor Judith Rankin

University Hospitals, Southampton                                                  

Dr Diana Wellesley

University of Bristol                                                                             

Dr Karen Luyt

Public Health Wales National Health Service Trust                       

Mr David Tucker

Hospital Lillebaelt, Denmark                                                              

Dr Ester Garne

Medical School University of Zagreb                                                

Professor Ingeborg Barisic

Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland                             

Professor Ana Latos-Bielenska

Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen,Netherlands               

Dr Hermien de Walle

CNR Institute of Clinical Physiology, Italy                                        

Dr Anna Pierini

Università Degli Studi Di Ferrara, Italy                                             

Dr Amanda Neville

Otto-Von-Guericke-Universitaet Magdeburg, Germany               

Dr Anke Rissmann

University Hospital Center of Toulouse, France                              

Dr Christine Damase-Michel

Associação Técnica–Científica de Estudo Colaborativo

Latino, Brazil                                                                                         

Professor Ieda Orioli

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