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University of Exeter Medical School

Dr. Nurunnahar (Nur) Akter

Dr. Nurunnahar (Nur) Akter

Postdoctoral Research Associate

 Smeall building 


Smeall Building, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Nur joined the University of Exeter Medical School in March 2022. She is working as a statistician and data analyst in the Exeter Collaboration of Academic Primary Care (Apex) group with associate professor Gary Abel. She obtained her PhD in Medical Statistics and Health Data Science from the University of East Anglia.

During her PhD, she developed statistical models for estimating the long-term effect of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) on the hazards of all-cause mortality in UK women using primary care data from The Health Improvement Network (THIN) database. Nur worked as a research assistant on clinical data analysis at the College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences of the University of Exeter before starting her PhD.


  • PhD, Medical Statistics and Health Data Science, University of East Anglia (2022).
  • MSc, Mathematical Medicine and Biology, University of Nottingham (2016).
  • MSc, Pure Mathematics, University of Dhaka (2007).
  • BSc, Mathematics, University of Dhaka (2005).

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Research interests

Nur’s main research interests are in the application of mathematical and statistical techniques in applied healthcare research, with a particular focus on improving women’s health and the quality of life of people living with non-communicable diseases.

Research projects

  • Quantifying the risks of deprescribing of long-term cardiovascular medicines in people with limited life expectancy (2023)
  • Understanding and Improving the Use of Investigations in Primary Care Patients Subsequently Diagnosed with Cancer (2022-2023)
  • Use of Digital Facilitation in Primary Care - Di-Facto Study (2022)
  • Use of Big Health and Actuarial Data for Understanding Longevity and Morbidity Risks (PhD research project, 2017-2021).

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