Drinking water woes: A classic travel conundrum

Staying hydrated while travelling is a constant battle, particularly when you are not sure of the local water quality. The oft-mentioned rule of thumb is that you can drink the tap water in “developed” countries, but not in “developing” countries, however, there are many regions where it is still not a good idea to drink … More Drinking water woes: A classic travel conundrum

Wandering through the wilderness: Petra through the back

After spending a glorious evening at the Little Petra Bedouin Camp, we headed back to Petra, this time through the “back” way, following our new guide, Moh. While I was mesmerised by Petra, when we had explored the previous day, I was completely captivated by our hike through the desert and rocks to get to … More Wandering through the wilderness: Petra through the back

Rocketbook review

While COVID-19 lockdown has re-ignited my enthusiasm for knitting and cross stitch, I have spent much of the last 3 months feeling deeply unmotivated in most other areas of life, including creating any content for this blog. However, as I do like going on about my latest toys, I overcame my reticence in order to … More Rocketbook review

New paper: Migrants with psychosis at higher risk of compulsory care than Swedish-born

I have been working from my flat for months, which makes it feel like the pace of research has slowed to an agonising crawl, which is why it is extra exciting to share this latest piece of research. This was work done by one of my MSc students, James Terhune, who I co-supervised with James … More New paper: Migrants with psychosis at higher risk of compulsory care than Swedish-born

Musings on data, knowledge, and models in a complex world

I am a doctor… but not the kind that is useful in a medical emergency. I am an epidemiologist, the rock stars of an outbreak, but not the kind that is particularly useful to help us understand the spread of infectious diseases. My research is focused on mental health, quantifying who is mostly likely to … More Musings on data, knowledge, and models in a complex world

New paper: Neighbourhood migrant density and psychotic disorders

I am thrilled to share my latest paper, published today in Lancet Psychiatry: Association of neighbourhood migrant density and risk of non-effective psychosis. It is open access and you can download your very own copy here: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(20)30059-6/fulltext  But it is a Friday afternoon and you may not want to dive into a methods-heavy paper, so I have prepared a brief … More New paper: Neighbourhood migrant density and psychotic disorders

An afternoon by the seaside: Whitstable, UK

Like decades of civilized Londoners, as the mercury rises to an uncomfortable heat, we join our Victorian role models in looking for an escape from the city, retreating to the seaside. Even though it seems donkey rides on the foreshore and “bathing machines” have fallen out of favour, we grabbed our sunnies, sandals, and puppy … More An afternoon by the seaside: Whitstable, UK