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Visit Lucy Carty

M116, Myddelton Street Building

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Lucy is a Research Fellow in the Division of Midwifery and Radiography, with an academic background in Cell Biology and Statistics.

Her PhD focused on the biological mechanisms underlying cell damage and repair and how this influences progression of diseases of the nervous and immune system. She has since transitioned from laboratory research towards epidemiology and population health. Working in both academia and the public sector, she has explored a broad range of topics across health and social care research including hospital care for cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, drug addiction and drug misuse, and the relationship between health and housing.

She has particular expertise in the use of routinely-collected electronic health data to evaluate and improve health and social care policies, develop care indicators and improve the standard of care across distinct patient populations.

She is committed to health research that emphasises person-centred care, with a focus on patient engagement to improve health outcomes and patient experience. Her current project explores maternity care across the NHS and whether the time and day of birth affects the outcome of birth for mother and baby. The project aims to inform workforce planning, seven-day care policies and current government strategies to reduce neonatal and maternal mortality and morbidity by 2025.


  1. Graduate Certificate in Statistics, Birkbeck, University of London, United Kingdom, 2018 – 2019
  2. PhD Cell Biology, University College London, United Kingdom, Jan 2009 – Jan 2013
  3. BSc Molecular Medicine, University of Sussex, United Kingdom, Jan 2003 – Jan 2006


Journal articles (7)

  1. Booth, H.P., Gallagher, A.M., Mullett, D., Carty, L., Padmanabhan, S., Myles, P.R. … Valentine, J. (2019). Quality improvement of prescribing safety: a pilot study in primary care using UK electronic health records. British Journal of General Practice, 69(686). doi:10.3399/bjgp19x704597.
  2. Strongman, H., Williams, R., Meeraus, W., Murray-Thomas, T., Campbell, J., Carty, L. … Valentine, J. (2019). Limitations for health research with restricted data collection from UK primary care. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 28(6), pp. 777–787. doi:10.1002/pds.4765.
  3. Padmanabhan, S., Carty, L., Cameron, E., Ghosh, R.E., Williams, R. and Strongman, H. (2019). Approach to record linkage of primary care data from Clinical Practice Research Datalink to other health-related patient data: overview and implications. European Journal of Epidemiology, 34(1), pp. 91–99. doi:10.1007/s10654-018-0442-4.
  4. Andre, R., Carty, L. and Tabrizi, S.J. (2016). Disruption of immune cell function by mutant huntingtin in Huntington's disease pathogenesis. Current Opinion in Pharmacology, 26, pp. 33–38. doi:10.1016/j.coph.2015.09.008.
  5. Gomez-Sanchez, J.A., Carty, L., Iruarrizaga-Lejarreta, M., Palomo-Irigoyen, M., Varela-Rey, M., Griffith, M. … Jessen, K.R. (2015). Schwann cell autophagy, myelinophagy, initiates myelin clearance from injured nerves. Journal of Cell Biology, 210(1), pp. 153–168. doi:10.1083/jcb.201503019.
  6. Hantke, J., Carty, L., Wagstaff, L.J., Turmaine, M., Wilton, D.K., Quintes, S. … Jessen, K.R. (2014). c-Jun activation in Schwann cells protects against loss of sensory axons in inherited neuropathy. Brain, 137(11), pp. 2922–2937. doi:10.1093/brain/awu257.
  7. Hutton, E.J., Carty, L., Laurá, M., Houlden, H., Lunn, M.P.T., Brandner, S. … Reilly, M.M. (2011). c-Jun expression in human neuropathies: a pilot study. Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System, 16(4), pp. 295–303. doi:10.1111/j.1529-8027.2011.00360.x.