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Professor Jackie Cassell

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Professor Jackie Cassell (BMBCh, MD, FFPH, BA [Philosophy])

T: +44 (0)1273 644741
Location: Room 319, Watson Building, University of Brighton Falmer campus, BN1 9PH

DA: Sonia Khan

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Other roles: Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange; Honorary Consultant in Public Health
Areas of expertise: Electronic patient records; sexually transmitted infections; public health research
Research areas: Infection and immunology; primary care and health services; medical informatics


Professor Jackie Cassell studied medical sciences and English literature at the University of Cambridge, before completing her medical degree at the University of Oxford. She worked as a junior doctor in North Wales and East London, then took a degree in philosophy at the University of Sussex while working part time as a family planning, sexually transmitted infections and blood transfusion doctor.

Having established her interest in sexual health and infectious diseases, Jackie trained as a specialist in genitourinary medicine (sexually transmitted infections and HIV) and in public health medicine. Alongside her higher medical training, she developed a programme of research in sexual health as a Wellcome Trust Health Services Research Training fellow at University College London.

Jackie came to BSMS during its 4th year, and has undertaken a number of roles. She was a member of Council at the University of Sussex 2010-2014, and in January 2014 took on the role of Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange for Brighton and Sussex Medical School.


Jackie is based at BSMS, where she teaches research methods and public health. She is a clinically qualified consultant in Public Health and in Genitourinary Medicine.

She has a wide-ranging interest in electronic patient records, and recently completed a Wellcome Trust funded programme "The Ergonomics of Electronic Patient Records". Following on from this, her research group has become part of the CIPHER consortium for e-health records research led by the University of Swansea as part of the Farr Institute, a £40M national consortium. Jackie and her colleagues have focussed on methods for the use of complex information, in particular free text, within medical records for public health benefit.

Jackie has also published widely in the field of sexually transmitted infections, focussing on primary care and the impact of delayed care on disease transmission. She has led a programme of research in partner notification (contact tracing) for sexually transmitted infections, working with colleagues at University College London (where she is visiting professor) and the Public Health England (PHE). Within her role at PHE she leads a programme of research on scabies in residential care for the elderly, and is a Theme Lead on the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in sexually transmitted infections, HIV and bloodborne viruses. (See

Jackie is editor in chief of the BMJ journal 'Sexually Transmitted Infections'.


Jackie leads the teaching of research methods at BSMS. She is an examiner for the Diploma in Genitourinary Medicine, which is taken by doctors specialising in this field and is run by the Society of Apothecaries.

Selected publications

Mercer C, Fuller S, Saunders J, Muniina P, Copas A, Hart G et al. Examining the potential public health benefit of offering STI testing to men in amateur football clubs: evidence from cross-sectional surveys. BMC Public Health. 2015;15(1); 1471-2458.

Wetten A, Mohammed H, Yung M, Mercer C, Cassell J, Hughes G. Diagnosis and treatment of chlamydia and gonorrhoea in general practice in England 2000–2011: a population-based study using data from the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink. BMJ Open. 2015;5(5);.

Head M, Walker S, Nalabanda A, Bostock J, Cassell J. Researching scabies outbreaks among people in residential care and lacking capacity to consent: a case study. Public Health Ethics. 2015;;.

Hartley A, Foster R, Brook M, Cassell J, Mercer C, Coyne K et al. Assessment of the impact of the London Olympics 2012 on selected non-genitourinary medicine clinic sexual health services. International Journal of STD & AIDS. 2015;26(5);329-335.

Herbert S, Leong G, Hewitt K, Cassell J. Do genitourinary physicians report notifiable diseases? A survey in South East England. International Journal of STD & AIDS. 2015;26(3);173-180.