Research students

The following is an alphabetical list of students from (or affiliated with) the Department of Social Policy, researching Health Policy issues.

Aris Angelis

Research topic: Biomedical innovation: Multiple criteria decision analysis for value assessment of new medical technologies and policies to incentivise socially desirable R&D investments.
Supervisors: Dr Panos Kanavos and Professor Alistair McGuire
Research interests: Pharmaceutical economics and policy, value based pricing, biomedical R&D process and incentives for innovation, Health Technology Assessment, patient reported outcomes, personalised medicine, life sciences investments, sustainability of health care systems.
Personal information: Born and raised in Athens, Greece, Aris is a PhD student and a research associate at the Medical Technology Research Group, in LSE Health. He holds an MSc in International Health Policy-Health Economics from LSE and also an MSc in Biopharmacy from King's College London. Aris completed his undergraduate studies in Biochemistry at Imperial College in 2007. Previous work includes intern roles with Novartis, working in the market access Department, and in the regulatory affairs evaluation division of the Greek National Organization for Medicine in Athens.
More information: Medical Technology Research Group website|
Contact details: a.n.angelis@lse.ac.uk|  

Jon Cylus

Research topic: Economic Downturns and unemployment benefits: Do generous benefits have a protective effect for health?
Primary Supervisor: Professor Alistair McGuire
Research interests:  My research generally focuses on measuring health system performance (efficiency, coverage, access) and the effects of economic downturns on health and health care systems.
More information: I am a Research Fellow/Technical Officer at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies|, based at LSE Health. 
Contact details: j.d.cylus@lse.ac.uk|  

Alessandra Ferrario

Research topic:  Managing entry and uptake of new high-cost medicines: The European experience
Supervisors: Dr Panos Kanavos, Professor Alistair McGuire
Research interests:  Access to medicines, managed entry agreements/risk sharing agreements, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), global health
Personal information: Alessandra Ferrario| is a Research Officer and a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics. Her research focuses on access to medicines and non-communicable diseases. Alessandra’s PhD is investigating the impact of managed entry agreements on cost-effectiveness, use and expenditure of new medicines. One of her current research projects investigates the burden and management of diabetes, both from a health and economic perspective, as part of a multi-country study in low- and middle-income countries. As part of her work on access to medicines, Alessandra is working with the World Health Organization on issues around availability, affordability and rational use of medicines in the Republic of Moldova. She holds an MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing (LSE/LSHTM), MSc in Epidemiology (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel) and BSc in Molecular Biology (University of Basel).
Contact details: a.ferrario@lse.ac.uk|

Philipp Hessel

Research topic: 'Active Ageing' in European Welfare States
Supervisors: Professor Mike Murphy
Contact details: p.hessel@lse.ac.uk|   

Sam Keeping

Research topic: Regulation of risk in health and social care: a comparative analysis of England and Scotland
Supervisor/s: Professor Elias Mossialos, Professor Alistair McGuire
Research interests: Assessment and surveillance of hospital performance, incentive payments in primary and secondary care, risk perception and communication, particularly with regards to vaccination, and risks associated with complementary and alternative medicine.
Contact details: s.t.keeping@lse.ac.uk|

Chantal Morel

Research topic: Access to medicines.
Description: A study into medicine price dynamics across countries and through time.
Contact details
: c.m.morel@lse.ac.uk|

Elena Nicod

Research topic: Health technology assessments and efficiency in healthcare resource allocation: how well does this mechanism really work?
Supervisors: Dr Panos Kanavos, Professor Paul Dolan
Contact details: e.m.nicod@lse.ac.uk| 

Christina Novinskey

Research topic: Intergovernmental Politics, Policy and Power: A Study of Healthcare Decentralization in Spain.
Supervisor: Professor Elias Mossialos
Research interests: Christina is researching health care decentralization policy and the particular affects it has had on intergovernmental relations in Spain. In general, she is interested in health care systems research, health care decentralization and other organizational and management policies, health care financing and tropical diseases in both more- and less-developed countries. She is pursuing her PhD through the LSE Health and Social Care.
Personal Information: Christina Novinskey is American, and currently living in Madrid, Spain. She holds a Master of Philosophy in Social (Health) Policy from the LSE, a Master of Arts in Contemporary European Studies from the University of Bath and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Kalamazoo College. She has been a visiting student at over 7 universities and institutes worldwide, including the Harvard School of Public Health, The Juan March Institute and the University of Carlos III in Madrid and the University of Siena, Italy. Since May 2003, Christina has worked as an independent health policy consultant for international organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Pan-American Health Organization and the WHO European Observatory for Health Systems and Policies.
Contact details: c.m.novinskey@lse.ac.uk|  

Matthew Townsend

Research topic: The impact of different approaches to pay-for-performance on health care integration
Supervisor/s: Prof Alistair McGuire, Dr Irene Papanicolas
Research interests: Matthew is examining whether the introduction of quality-based financial incentives may facilitate more integrated and patient-centred models of care in Canada and England. Additional research interests include: the economics of health care, health insurance, performance incentives, economic evaluation, governance and clinical quality.
Personal information: Matthew is a Canadian national based at LSE Health. Prior to pursuing his PhD, he worked on several projects related to hospital and community funding reform as a Senior Consultant and Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in Ontario. Matthew is a former fellow in the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategic Training Program in Public Health Policy. He holds degrees from the University of Melbourne (BA), University of Trinity College (BSc) and School of Public Policy and Governance (MPP) at the University of Toronto. He recently completed an MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Management at the LSE.
Contact details: M.D.Townsend@lse.ac.uk|

Olivier Wouters

Research topic: Essays on issues of availability, affordability, and cost containment in off-patent pharmaceutical markets.
Supervisor(s): Dr Panos Kanavos, Professor Alistair McGuire
Research interests: Pharmaceutical economics and policy, namely pricing, reimbursement, and access to medicines.
Personal Information: Olivier has previously worked at the World Health Organization, the Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control, and RTI International. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a Master’s degree in International Health Policy (Health Economics) from the LSE.
Contact details: O.J.Wouters@lse.ac.uk|

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