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Lorna Fraser
Professor of Epidemiology



Lorna Fraser’s background is in clinical paediatrics. She has a good track record of research in paediatric epidemiology with a focus in chronic disease in children, especially life-limiting conditions. Her other research interests include equal access to services for children and young people and spatial analyses.


  • PGCAP, University of York
  • PhD, School of Geography, University of Leeds
  • MMedSci, Nutrition, Obesity and Health, University of Leeds
  • MSc, Community Child Health, University of Warwick
  • MRCPCH, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • MBChB, University of Aberdeen

Departmental roles

  • Member of the Data Governance Committee
  • Member of the Science Faculty Board



Lorna's research interests include epidemiology, health inequalities, spatial analyses, life-limiting illness in children, paediatric palliative care services, obesity, cancer and diabetes.




Research group(s)


Lorna would be interested in supervising PhDs in the following areas: paediatric palliative care; paediatric epidemiology; chronic/long term conditions; and use of routine datasets.

Lorna currently supervises Debbie Box.


Full publications list



Lorna is able to supervise Masters projects with a broad focus on chronic disease in children. Specific areas of interest include models of care and secondary analyses of routinely collected data.

External activities


Invited talks and conferences

  • Feb 2017 ‘Introduction to children’s palliative care and the Children in Scotland requiring Palliative Care: identifying numbers and needs (The ChiSP Study)’ Palliative Care for the under 5s, Edinburgh
  • Nov 2016.’Data for children with disabilities’ Council for Disabled Children, London
  • July 2016 ‘Children with Life-limiting conditions, what does the data tell us?’ Louis Dundas Centre Seminar, London
  • Feb 2016.’ Children in Scotland requiring Palliative Care’ Together for Short Lives Network Summit, Birmingham
  • November 2015 ‘Children in Scotland requiring Palliative Care: identifying numbers and needs’ CEN conference, Edinburgh
  • August 2015 ‘Children with Life-Limiting Conditions; the importance of data’, Children’s Hospice Association Scotland
  • May 2015 ‘Children with Life-Limiting Conditions; use of routine data’ TFSL CEO of the Voluntary Sector, London
  • May 2015 ‘Psychological and self-management challenges in children with long-term  conditions’ Children with Life-limiting conditions with a focus on equality of access
  •  to Paediatric Palliative Care services workshop, City University, London
  • Nov 2014 ‘Lost in transition - why we need special palliative care for teenagers and young adults, Irish Association for Palliative Care Annual Conference, Dublin
  • Oct 2014 ‘Supporting Young Adults with Life-Limiting Conditions – Through Transition and Beyond’ Regional Action Group Conference, Marie Curie Hospice Bradford
  • Sept 2014 ‘Children with Life-Limiting Conditions; use of routine data’ SCHARR Seminar Series, Sheffield
  • July 2014 ‘Prevalence of life-limiting and life-threatening conditions in young adults in England (18-40 years)’ Yorkshire Palliative Medicine Regional Learning Group, St Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds
  • March 2014 ‘The importance of population-based evidence to support the future planning of paediatric palliative care’, Keynote Speaker Together for Short Lives National Conference, Birmingham
  • March 2014 ‘Life Limiting and Life-threatening Conditions in children and young people in the United Kingdom’ German National Association of Children’s Hospice Annual Meeting, Berlin
  • Dec 2013 ‘Palliative Care for Children and Young People with Progressive Neuromuscular Disorders’, Routine Data Expert Series; Neurological Conditions. Public Health England and Cicely Saunders Institute, London
  • Nov 2012 ‘Life-limiting Congenital Anomalies; use of HES data’ Yorkshire and Humber Congenital Anomalies Education Day, Leeds

Lorna Fraser

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Professor Lorna Fraser
Professor of Epidemiology