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Stephen Bremner

2011, PgCert Academic Practice, Queen Mary University of London
2007, PhD in Epidemiology, St. George’s University of London
1996, MSc in Medical Statistics, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
1995, BSc in Mathematical Sciences, University of Strathclyde


Lecturer in Medical Statistics

Research projects and interests

  • FIAT: Financial incentives to improve adherence to anti-psychotic maintenance medication in non-adherent patients (cluster randomised trial)
  • NESS: Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Body Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia – A Multi-Centre Randomised Controlled Trial
  • CONNECT: long term consequences of war on mental health
    Cluster randomised trials, and clustering effects in general
  • Ad hoc statistical advice to the Unit


Sturdy, P., Bremner, S., Harper, G., Mayhew, L., Eldridge, S., Eversley, J., . . . Griffiths, C. (2012). Impact of asthma on educational attainment in a socioeconomically deprived population: a study linking health, education and social care datasets.. PLoS One, 7(11), e43977. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043977

Taylor SJC, Sohanpal R, Bremner SA, Devine A, McDaid D, Fernandez J-L, Griffiths CJ, Eldridge S. (2012) Self-management support for moderate-to-severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a pilot randomised controlled trial Br J Gen Prac; DOI: 10.3399/bjgp12X656829

Jankovic, J., Bremner, S., Bogic, M., Lecic-Tosevski, D., Ajdukovic, D., Franciskovic, T., . . Priebe, S. (2012). Trauma and suicidality in war affected communities.. Eur Psychiatry. doi:10.1016/j.eurpsy.2012.06.001

Priebe, S., Bhatti, N., Barnicot, K., Bremner, S., Gaglia, A., Katsakou, C., . . . Zinkler, M. (2012). Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of dialectical behaviour therapy for self-harming patients with personality disorder: a pragmatic randomised controlled trial.. Psychother Psychosom, 81(6), 356-365. doi:10.1159/000338897

Priebe, S., Jankovic Gavrilovic, J., Bremner, S., Ajdukovic, D., Franciskovic, T., Galeazzi, G. M., . . . Bogic, M. (2012). Psychological Symptoms as Long-Term Consequences of War Experiences.. Psychopathology. doi:10.1159/000338640

Bogic, M., Ajdukovic, D., Bremner, S., Franciskovic, T., Galeazzi, G. M., Kucukalic, A., . . . Priebe, S. (2012). Factors associated with mental disorders in long-settled war refugees: refugees from the former Yugoslavia in Germany, Italy and the UK.. Br J Psychiatry, 200(3), 216-223. doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.110.084764

Kallert, T. W., Katsakou, C., Adamowski, T., Dembinskas, A., Fiorillo, A., Kjellin, L., . . . Priebe, S. (2011). Coerced hospital admission and symptom change - A prospective observational multi-centre study. PLoS One, 6(11), e28191. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0028191

Peacock, J. L., Anderson, H. R., Bremner, S. A., Marston, L., Seemungal, T. A., Strachan, D. P., . . . Wedzicha, J. A. (2011). Outdoor air pollution and respiratory health in patients with COPD.. Thorax, 66(7), 591-596. doi:10.1136/thx.2010.155358

Miles, C. L., Pincus, T., Carnes, D., Homer, K. E., Taylor, S. J., Bremner, S. A., . . . Underwood, M. (2011). Can we identify how programmes aimed at promoting self-management in musculoskeletal pain work and who benefits? A systematic review of sub-group analysis within RCTs.. Eur J Pain, 15(8), 775.e1-775.11. doi:10.1016/j.ejpain.2011.01.016

Mathur, R., Badrick, E., Boomla, K., Bremner, S., Hull, S., & Robson, J. (2011). Prescribing in general practice for people with coronary heart disease; equity by age, sex, ethnic group and deprivation.. Ethn Health, 16(2), 107-123. doi:10.1080/13557858.2010.540312

Martineau, A. R., Leandro, A. C., Anderson, S. T., Newton, S. M., Wilkinson, K. A., Nicol, M. P., . . . Wilkinson, R. J. (2010). Association between Gc genotype and susceptibility to TB is dependent on vitamin D status.. Eur Respir J, 35(5), 1106-1112. doi:10.1183/09031936.00087009

Raleigh, V. S., Polato, G. M., Bremner, S. A., Dhillon, S., & Deery, A. (2008). Inpatient mental healthcare in England and Wales: patterns in NHS and independent healthcare providers.. J R Soc Med, 101(11), 544-551. doi:10.1258/jrsm.2008.080223

Bremner, S. A., Carey, I. M., DeWilde, S., Richards, N., Maier, W. C., Hilton, S. R., . . . Cook, D. G. (2008). Infections presenting for clinical care in early life and later risk of hay fever in two UK birth cohorts.. Allergy, 63(3), 274-283. doi:10.1111/j.1398-9995.2007.01599.x

Raleigh, V. S., Cooper, J., Bremner, S. A., & Scobie, S. (2008). Patient safety indicators for England from hospital administrative data: case-control analysis and comparison with US data.. BMJ, 337, a1702.

Bremner, S. A., Carey, I. M., DeWilde, S., Richards, N., Maier, W. C., Hilton, S. R., . . . Cook, D. G. (2007). Vaccinations, infections and antibacterials in the first grass pollen season of life and risk of later hayfever.. Clin Exp Allergy, 37(4), 512-517. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2222.2007.02697.x

Bremner, S. A., Carey, I. M., DeWilde, S., Richards, N., Maier, W. C., Hilton, S. R., . . . Cook, D. G. (2005). Timing of routine immunisations and subsequent hay fever risk.. Arch Dis Child, 90(6), 567-573. doi:10.1136/adc.2004.051714

Freitas, C., Bremner, S. A., Gouveia, N., Pereira, L. A., & Saldiva, P. H. (2004). [Hospital admissions and mortality: association with air pollution in São Paulo, Brazil, 1993 to 1997].. Rev Saude Publica, 38(6), 751-757.

Carey, I. M., Cook, D. G., De Wilde, S., Bremner, S. A., Richards, N., Caine, S., . . . Hilton, S. R. (2004). Developing a large electronic primary care database (Doctors' Independent Network) for research.. Int J Med Inform, 73(5), 443-453. doi:10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2004.02.002

De Wilde, S., Carey, I. M., Bremner, S. A., Richards, N., Hilton, S. R., Strachan, D. P., . . . Cook, D. G. (2004). A comparison of the recording of 30 common childhood conditions in the Doctor's Independent Network and General Practice Research Databases.. Health Stat Q, (22), 21-31.

Gouveia, N., Bremner, S. A., & Novaes, H. M. (2004). Association between ambient air pollution and birth weight in São Paulo, Brazil.. J Epidemiol Community Health, 58(1), 11-17.

Bremner, S. A., Carey, I. M., DeWilde, S., Richards, N., Maier, W. C., Hilton, S. R., . . . Cook, D. G. (2003). Early-life exposure to antibacterials and the subsequent development of hayfever in childhood in the UK: case-control studies using the General Practice Research Database and the Doctors' Independent Network.. Clin Exp Allergy, 33(11), 1518-1525.

Carey, I. M., Cook, D. G., De Wilde, S., Bremner, S. A., Richards, N., Caine, S., . . . Hilton, S. R. (2003). Implications of the problem orientated medical record (POMR) for research using electronic GP databases: a comparison of the Doctors Independent Network Database (DIN) and the General Practice Research Database (GPRD).. BMC Fam Pract, 4, 14. doi:10.1186/1471-2296-4-14

Anderson, H. R., Atkinson, R. W., Bremner, S. A., & Marston, L. (2003). Particulate air pollution and hospital admissions for cardiorespiratory diseases: are the elderly at greater risk?. Eur Respir J Suppl, 40, 39s-46s.

DeWilde, S., Carey, I. M., Bremner, S. A., Richards, N., Hilton, S. R., & Cook, D. G. (2003). Evolution of statin prescribing 1994-2001: a case of agism but not of sexism?. Heart, 89(4), 417-421.

Peacock, J. L., Symonds, P., Jackson, P., Bremner, S. A., Scarlett, J. F., Strachan, D. P., . . . Anderson, H. R. (2003). Acute effects of winter air pollution on respiratory function in schoolchildren in southern England.. Occup Environ Med, 60(2), 82-89.

Anderson, H. R., Bremner, S. A., Atkinson, R. W., Harrison, R. M., & Walters, S. (2001). Particulate matter and daily mortality and hospital admissions in the west midlands conurbation of the United Kingdom: associations with fine and coarse particles, black smoke and sulphate.. Occup Environ Med, 58(8), 504-510.

Hajat, S., Haines, A., Atkinson, R. W., Bremner, S. A., Anderson, H. R., & Emberlin, J. (2001). Association between air pollution and daily consultations with general practitioners for allergic rhinitis in London, United Kingdom.. Am J Epidemiol, 153(7), 704-714.

Bremner, S. A., Gordon, A., Watt, G., & Womersley, J. (2000). Life expectancy calculations for postcode sectors and their use in monitoring inequalities in the nation's health. Health Bulletin, 58(4), 316-321.

Bremner, S. A., Anderson, H. R., Atkinson, R. W., McMichael, A. J., Strachan, D. P., Bland, J. M., . . . Bower, J. S. (1999). Short-term associations between outdoor air pollution and mortality in London 1992-4. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 56, 237-244.

Atkinson, R. W., Anderson HR., Strachan, D. P., Bland, J. M., Bremner, S. A., & Ponce de Leon, A. (1999). Short-term associations between outdoor air pollution and visits to accident and emergency departments in London for respiratory complaints. European Respiratory Journal, 13, 257-265.




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