Dr Linda Long
Research Fellow in HTA
South Cloisters 309
Linda trained as a research bioscientist, and has laboratory research experience in the fields of atherosclerosis and parasitology, specializing in Leishmaniasis (African Sleeping Sickness) for her doctorate. She is also an exhibited artist and musician, with a strong interest in trans-disciplinary research, particularly with respect to the arts and medicine. She currently works at Exeter University Medical School reviewing clinical evidence for health technology assessments, particularly to support the work of NICE. She is also a qualified breastfeeding specialist, with experience in breastfeeding peer support, and a qualified Birth Art Cafe faciliator. She is currently studying to become an internationally qualified lactation consultant.
In 1999, Linda was appointed Research Fellow in Complementary Medicine at the University of Exeter. In 2001, she was awarded an Invention and Innovation award from Nesta (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) to lead a team creating and developing an innovative genre of music based on protein x-ray crystallography data (“Molecular Music”). Out-puts included the radio and TV features, and the installation of a trans-disciplinary interactive educational exhibit (“Listen to Your Body”), which ran successfully for 10 years in Explore, at-bristol’s Science Centre.
Currently, working in collaboration with artist Victoria Shennan and composer Jack Hurst, Linda's Molecular Music translation of bacterial proteins is featured in an exciting permanent soundscape installation which is running in "Invisible You. The Human Microbiome", the Eden Project's new biomedical exhibition. The launch of "Invisible You. The Human Microbiome" on May 21st 2015 was marked by a live performance of "microbial music" at Eden. In a joint musical collaboration between Linda Long and Jack Hurst, the compositions combine melodies obtained from a direct translation of various microbial proteins and samples of microbial RNA sequences. Please see links below for more information.
Broad research specialisms
- Systematic review
- Systematic review for health technology assessment
- BSc (hons) in Biological and Biochemical Sciences (1991)
- PhD Medical Research (1998)
- IBCLC Lactation Consultant (on-going)
Research into health, wellbeing and behaviour change. Particular areas of interest include breastfeeding and complementary medicine
Trans-disciplinary research, particularly in the fields of music, science and medicine
Research projectsRecent projects include:
Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (epoetin alfa, beta, theta and zeta; and, darbepoetin alfa) for treating cancer-treatment induced anaemia
Sexual risk reduction interventions in young people and men who have sex with men (MSM): a systematic review
Publications by category
Publications by year
£50,000 Nesta Invention and Innovation Award (2001)
Associate editor of FACT (Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies) journal (1999-2001)
Invited speaker at the Language of Water: an International Science-Art conference and Art Exhibition Conference, Bath Spa, Bath (2001)
I have given radio interviews for Science in Action and World Update (BBC World Service), You and Yours (BBC radio 4), Music Matters (BBC radio 3), as well as television interviews (The Big Breakfast, Channel 4). I have been interviewed by Clive Cookson (Science Editor of the Financial Times) and given interviews to various national publications including New Scientist.
Linda leads and delivers plenaries and workshops on breastfeeding to undergraduate students at the University of Exeter Medical School.
Working alongside Professor Charles Abraham and colleagues from Exeter Medical School's Psychology Applied to Health group, Linda teaches breastfeeding and behaviour change to undergraduate students at the University of Exeter Medical School.
Linda is involved in teaching the systematic reviews module on the MSc in Applied Health Services Research.