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.
Koen is a member of the Healthcare Associated Infectious Working Group of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). His work has directly informed national vaccination and immunisation policies, 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.
Machine-learning-assisted selection of antibiotic prescription.
Didelot X. and Pouwels KB., (2019), Nat Med
Epidemiology and health-economic burden of urinary catheter-associated infection in English NHS hospitals: a probabilistic modelling study
Smith DRM. et al, (2019), Journal of Hospital Infection
The challenge of antimicrobial resistance: What economics can contribute.
Roope LSJ. et al, (2019), Science, 364
Duration of antibiotic treatment for common infections in English primary care: cross sectional analysis and comparison with guidelines.
Pouwels KB. et al, (2019), BMJ, 364
Antibiotic resistance, stewardship, and consumption.
Pouwels KB. et al, (2019), Lancet Planet Health, 3