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University of Exeter Medical School

 Hassanat Mojirola Lawal

Hassanat Mojirola Lawal

Graduate Research Assistant

 South Cloisters 


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


Hassanat has a background in Microbiology from the University of Ilorin. She proceeded for an MSc in Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter, where she developed an interest in employing systematic reviews to inform evidence gaps and drive decision making to improve the population’s health and wellbeing outcomes.

Hassanat works part-time as a Research Assistant in the Exeter PRP Evidence Review Facility. Within this role, she is involved in projects that evaluate and synthesise research and other evidence to address policy needs across health and social care. She is also a first-year postgraduate research student at the Exeter Collaboration for Academic Primary Care (APEx). She is studying probiotics for urogenital infection management in primary care in a bid to offer supplementary therapies to antimicrobials, reduce the need for repeated use of antibiotics, and mitigate the burden of antimicrobial resistance.


  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, 2016 – University of Ilorin
  • Master of Science in Environment and Human Health, 2019 – University of Exeter

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Journal articles

Shaw E, Briscoe S, Nunns M, Lawal H, Melendez-Torres GJ, Turner M, Garside R, Thompson Coon J (In Press). What is the quantity, quality and type of systematic review evidence available to inform the optimal prescribing of statins and antihypertensives? a systematic umbrella review and evidence and gap map. BMJ Open Abstract.
Briscoe S, Abbott R, Lawal H, Shaw L, Coon JT (2023). Feasibility and desirability of screening search results from Google Search exhaustively for systematic reviews: a cross‐case analysis. Research Synthesis Methods, 14(3), 427-437. Abstract.
Shaw L, Nunns M, Briscoe S, Garside R, Turner M, Melendez-Torres GJ, Lawal HM, Coon JT (2023). Optimising the prescribing of drugs that may cause dependency: an evidence and gap map of systematic reviews. J Health Serv Res Policy, 28(4), 271-281. Abstract.  Author URL.


Briscoe S, Shaw E, Nunns M, Lawal H, Orr N, Thompson Coon J, Garside R, Melendez-Torres GJ (2023). Health inequalities were rarely considered in systematic reviews of risk factors for hearing loss: a cross-sectional analysis. Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Early Career Researcher Network Conference. 12th - 12th Jun 2023. Abstract.
Briscoe S, Shaw E, Nunns M, Lawal H, Orr N, Melendez-Torres GJ, Garside R, Thompson Coon J, Briscoe S (2023). Scoping and question refinement for systematic reviews commissioned by policy customers. Cochrane Colloquium. 4th - 6th Sep 2023. Abstract.


Shaw E, Lawal H, Briscoe S, Garside R, Thompson Coon J, Liabo K, Turner M, Nunns M, Melendez-Torres GJ (2023). Patient, Carer and Family Experiences of Seeking. Redress and Reconciliation Following a Life-Changing Event: Systematic Review of Qualitative. Evidence.
Shaw E, Nunns M, Spicer S, Lawal H, Briscoe S, Melendez-Torres GJ, Garside R, Liabo K, Thompson Coon J (2022). What multi-disciplinary delivery models for Occupational Health services are effective for whom? an umbrella review. NIHR Policy Research Programme.  Abstract.

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