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University of Exeter Medical School

 Amy Heather

Amy Heather

Postdoctoral Research Associate

 South Cloisters 2.30


South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Amy Heather joined PenCHORD (the Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Data Science) in October 2022. She is currently working on two projects:

  • Kailo - a research project focused on preventing poor adolescent mental health through targeting the social determinants of health. As part of Kailo, Amy is working on the pilot of a local adaptation of the #BeeWell survey in North Devon and Torridge in 2023.
  • SAMueL (Stroke Audit Machine Learning) - project using simulation and machine learning to identify key levers for maximising the disability benefit of intravenous thrombolysis in acute stroke pathways.

She has also previously worked on:


  • 2021 to 2022 - MSc Health Data Science at the University of Exeter - studied quantitative skills applied to health/medical setting. Completed dissertation project with the NHS Devon CCG Business Informatics team, analysing the One Devon Dataset.
  • 2017 to 2021 - BSc Medical Sciences (Health Research with Professional Training Year) at the University of Exeter - studied science underpinning medicine and clinical practice, including focus on health research methods, health economics and health technology assessment, as well as physiology, microbiology and genetics.


  • October 2022 to Present - Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Exeter - working on Kailo and SAMueL.
  • June 2021 to August 2021 - Data Analayst at University of Exeter - working in the Health Economics group focussed on utility values using data from the UK MS Register.
  • July 2019 to August 2020 - Industrial Placement Student at AstraZeneca - aim of project was to investigate the immunogenicity of monoclonal antibody therapeutics. It involved the curation of diverse data sets from across multiple departments within the organisation, from early phases of development through to clinical trial data, with work often conducted in R.
  • May 2018 to June 2018 - Research Intern at University of Exeter - reviewing the use of virtual and augmented reality in the teaching of anatomy.


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Journal articles

Hobbs T, Santana De Lima E, Bevington D, Preece C, Allen K, Barna P, Berry V, Booker T, Davies K, Davis G, et al (2023). Kailo: a systemic approach to addressing the social determinants of young people’s mental health and wellbeing at the local level. Wellcome Open Research, 8, 524-524. Abstract.
Heather A, Goodwin E, Green C, Morrish N, Ukoumunne OC, Middleton RM, Hawton A (2023). Multiple sclerosis health-related quality of life utility values from the UK MS register. Multiple Sclerosis Journal - Experimental, Translational and Clinical, 9(2). Abstract.
Heather A, Chinnah T, Devaraj V (2019). The Use of Virtual and Augmented Reality in Anatomy Teaching. MedEdPublish, 8, 77-77. Abstract.


Devaraj V, Heather A, Chinnah T (2020). The Use of Virtual and Augmented Reality in Anatomy Teaching.  Author URL.

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