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Ben Amies-Cull

DPhil MBChB MRes MSc MRCGP


Health modeller

Ben Amies-Cull is a health modeller at the Sustainable Healthy Food Group (Health Behaviours Team), alongside work as a GP. He works on simulation modelling using the PRIMEtime model structure, to quantify the health impacts of interventions in the food system, involving research across policy analysis, epidemiology and health economics. He has particular interest in obesity, lifecourse epidemiology and the synthesis of complex evidence for policy applications.

He works on how population-level interventions can be best designed to improve health and reduce inequalities, how to perform health economic evaluation for these interventions and synthesising this evidence to inform public policy. He completed DPhil at Nuffield Department of Population Health in 2023, which involved building a simulation model to allow the health and healthcare cost impacts of BMI interventions in local authority areas to be estimated over the lifetime. He works across the COPPER project, LEAP, NESIE and BRC Oxford Health, and is Co-I on the Cambridge University project to evaluate the health impacts of restricting the growth of takeaway food outlets. He works on secondment to the Health Foundation REAL Centre at NDPH, on the determinants of Social Care demand. 

Alongside his research programme, he has taught on statistics and epidemiology on the NDPH Masters in Global Health Sciences and Epidemiology, on evidence in public policy on the Blavatnik School's Masters in Public Policy and on public health on BSc Human Sciences. He studied medicine at the University of Manchester, with Masters by Research focusing on qualitative methods, then completed a further Masters in Health Policy at Imperial College. He continues to work as a GP in an inner-city area. He also works on the Food Standards Agency's Committee on Toxicity

He is recruiting for potential DPhil students and always looking to grow contacts in policymaking bodies and think tanks - please contact via email.