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Natalia Ivashikina

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Natalia Ivashikina (MSc, PhD)

Senior Lecturer in Global Health Economics
T: +44 (0)1273 877336
Location: Room 2.17 Medical School Teaching Building, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9PX

Area of expertise: economic evaluation, statistical analysis, economic modelling, systematic literature review, research methodology 

Research areas: neglected tropical diseases, public health interventions, primary care interventions, psychosocial interventions, pharmaceuticals, prescribing 

Other relevant positions: Member of the BSMS Honorary Titles sub-committee; Member of the BSMS Mitigating Circumstances Panel



Natalia joined the Department of Global Health and Infection as a Senior Lecturer in Global Health Economics in 2017. Following completion of her PhD at Moscow State University in 1996, she received a Royal Society Fellowship to work in the UK (1997-1998) and subsequently undertook research at Würzburg University, Germany (1999-2005). In 2011 she completed an MSc in Health and Social Care Research at Sheffield University. Natalia gained her experience as a health economist by working on a range of clinical trials at the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation, Bangor University (2008-2013), where she was also involved in pharmacoeconomic appraisals of new medicines for the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group. In 2013 she moved to the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health at Queen Mary University of London. As well as working on numerous trials within the Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit she also provided methodological advice for Research Design Service London. In 2015 Natalia joined the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research at Queen Mary University of London as a Lecturer in Health Economics, and undertook methodological research on developing core outcome sets for economic evaluation in asthma trials. While working at Queen Mary University of London she was involved in developing the Introduction to Health Economics Course within the Global Public Health undergraduate programme and delivering the problem-based learning courses for the MBBS students.


Natalia has a particular interest in research methodology and economic evaluation in health care. Her current studies focus on health care interventions for neglected tropical diseases (podoconiosis, mycetoma and scabies), HIV, non-medical prescribing and neonatal care. These studies include collaborations with universities in the UK, Ethiopia, Sudan, Spain, Netherlands, Canada and USA. Previously Natalia was involved in a number of UK projects on the management of diabetes, musculoskeletal pain, faecal incontinence, smoking cessation, exercise referral scheme and e-learning health promotion to reduce sickness absence. Natalia’s expertise covers all aspects of executing economic evaluations - from systematic literature review to statistical analysis and economic modelling.

Current research projects:

  1. NIHR Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health Research, NIHR Global Health Research Programme. Read more about this project >
  2. Social Sciences for Severe Stigmatising Skin Diseases (the 5-S Foundation), NIHR Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation Programme. Read more about this project > 
  3. Innovation in the Allied Health Professions: Evaluation of supplementary prescribing by dieticians and independent prescribing by therapeutic radiographers. NIHR Policy Research Programme. Read more about this project >
  4. Optimised electronic patient records to improve clinical monitoring of HIV-positive patients. Royal Academy of Engineering. Read more about this project > 
  5. Alliance for Family Integrated Care (FICare) Implementation in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (European Commission, Horizon 2020 - Research and Innovation Framework Programme) 


Natalia delivers teaching sessions 'Economics of Global Health' within the Global Health MSc course and 'Economic Evaluation in Health Care' within the Public Health MSc course.

She is also involved in supervising PhD students and Individual Research Projects for undergraduate students.

Selected publications

Semrau M, Ahmed OA, Deribe K, Mengiste A, Tesfaye A, Kinfe M, Bremner S, Hounsome N, Kelly-Hope L, MacGregor H, Taddese HB, Banteyerga H, HaileMariam D, Negussu N, Fekadu A, Davey G. EnDPoINT – Protocol for an implementation research study to integrate a holistic package of physical health, mental health and psychosocial care for podoconiosis, lymphatic filariasis and leprosy into routine health services in Ethiopia. BMJ Open. 2020 (Accepted for publication)

Roukas C, Quayyum Z, Patel A, Fitzsimmons D, Phillips C, Hounsome N. Developing core economic parameter sets for asthma studies: A realist review and an analytical framework. BMJ Open 2020. (Accepted for publication)

Hounsome N, Kassahun MM, Ngari M, Berkley JA, Kivaya E, Njuguna P, Fegan G, Tamiru A, Kelemework A, Amberbir T. Clarke A, Lang T, Newport MJ, McKay A, Enquoselassie F, Davey G. Cost-effectiveness and social outcomes of a community-based treatment for podoconiosis lymphoedema in the East Gojjam zone, Ethiopia. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2019 Oct; 13(10): e0007780.

Hounsome N, Roukas C. Cost-effectiveness of sacral nerve stimulation and percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation for faecal incontinence. Therap Adv Gastroenterol. 2018. 11:1756284818802562.

Ashaye T, Hounsome N, Carnes D, Taylor SJC, Homer K, Eldridge S, Spencer A, Rahman A, Foell J, Underwood M. Opioid prescribing for chronic musculoskeletal pain in UK primary care: results from a cohort analysis of the COPERS trial. BMJ Open. 2018. 8:e019491.

Hounsome N, Fitzsimmons D, Phillips C, Patel. A. Developing core economic outcome sets for asthma studies: a protocol for a systematic review. BMJ Open 2017. 7:e017054.

MacInnes D, Kinane C, Parrott J, Mansfield J, Craig T, Eldridge S, Marsh I, Chan C, Hounsome N, Harrison G, Priebe S. A pilot cluster randomised trial to assess the effect of a structured communication approach on quality of life in secure mental health settings: The Comquol Study. BMC Psychiatry. 2016. 16(1):335.

Taylor SJC, Carnes D, Homer K, Pincus T, Kahan BC, Hounsome N, Eldridge S, Spencer A, Diaz–Ordaz K. Rahman A, Mars TS, Griffiths CJ, Underwood MR. Improving the self-management of chronic pain: COping with persistent Pain, Effectiveness Research in Self-management (COPERS). Programme Grants Appl Res. 2016. 4(14).

Taylor S, Carnes D, Homer K, Kahan B, Hounsome N, Spencer A, Pincus T, Rahman A, Eldridge S, Underwood M. Novel three-day community-based, non-pharmacological, group intervention for chronic musculoskeletal pain (COPERS): a randomized clinical trial. PLoS Med. 2016. 13(6):e1002040.

Stansfeld SA, Kerry S, Chandola T, Russell J, Berney L, Hounsome N, Lanz D, Costelloe C, Smuk M, Bhui K. Pilot study of a cluster randomised trial of a guided e-learning health promotion intervention for managers based on management standards for the improvement of employee well-being and reduction of sickness absence: GEM Study. BMJ Open. 2015. 5(10):e007981. 

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