Dr Koen Pouwels
Koen joined HERC as a senior researcher in January 2019. His current work focuses on infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance modelling, randomised trial designs, economic evaluations alongside trials, incorporating long-term effects into economic evaluations, and statistical approaches to address time-dependent confounding in burden of illness studies.
His work has directly informed national COVID-19 mitigation and testing strategies, vaccination policies against various infectious diseases, as well as national targets for antibiotic prescribing in primary care.
Prior to joining HERC, Koen worked at Public Health England on projects using mathematical, statistical and machine learning approaches to understand and predict the development and health-economic impact of healthcare associated infections and antimicrobial resistance. Before coming to the UK, he obtained his PhD in epidemiology at the University of Groningen where he was also involved in a number of economic evaluations of vaccinations against infectious diseases.
Effect of Covid-19 Vaccination on Transmission of Alpha and Delta Variants.
Eyre DW. et al, (2022), N Engl J Med
Improving local prevalence estimates of SARS-CoV-2 infections using a causal debiasing framework.
Nicholson G. et al, (2022), Nat Microbiol, 7, 97 - 107
Changes in the trajectory of Long Covid symptoms following COVID-19 vaccination: community-based cohort study
Ayoubkhani D. et al, (2021)
Tracking the Emergence of SARS-CoV-2 Alpha Variant in the United Kingdom.
Walker AS. et al, (2021), N Engl J Med
Anti-spike antibody response to natural SARS-CoV-2 infection in the general population
Wei J. et al, (2021), Nature Communications, 12