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Eric Harshfield

Eric Harshfield

BHF 4-Year Programme PhD Student

Research themes

Population Sciences:

Research Interests

Eric is a chronic disease epidemiologist with a range of interests. His current
research is primarily focused on conducting genome-wide association studies on
complex phenotypes from high-dimensional data, such as lipidomics and
metabolomics, in order to identify novel loci that are associated with
cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, which could have important clinical
applications in areas such as CVD screening, risk prediction, and drug target
discovery and validation

Key Publications

Mendelian randomization to assess causal effects of blood lipids on coronary heart disease: lessons from the past and applications to the future. Burgess, S. & Harshfield, E. (2016). Curr Opin Endocrin Diabetes, 23(2): 124-130.

Association of hypertension and hyperglycaemia with socioeconomic contexts in resource-poor settings: the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey. Harshfield, E., Chowdhury, R., Harhay, M.N., Bergquist, H., Harhay, M.O. (2015). Int J Epidemiol, 44(5): 1625-1636.

Covariate-adjusted measures of discrimination for survival data. White, I.R., Rapsomaniki, E., The Emerging Risk Factor Collaboration [Harshfield, E. was one of 207 collaborators]. (2015). Biometric Journal, 57(4):592-613.

The Bangladesh Risk of Acute Vascular Events (BRAVE) Study: an epidemiological bioresource to study environmental, genetic and other determinants of first-ever myocardial infarction in Bangladesh. Chowdhury, R., [19 other co-authors], Harshfield, E., [8 other co-authors], Danesh, J., & Di Angelantonio, E. (2015). Eur J Epidemiol, 30(7): 577-587.

Cardiometabolic effects of genetic upregulation of the interleukin 1 receptor antagonist: a Mendelian randomisation analysis. Freitag, D.F., [12 other co-authors], Harshfield, E., [152 other co-authors], & Danesh, J. (2015). Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol, 3(4):243-253.

Life, health, and safety of industrial workers in Bangladesh: should they be driven by economic rationale or moral imperative? Chowdhury, R., Harshfield, E., Roy, S., Flora, M.S., Akram, K., Bhuiya, A., & Ahsan, H. (2014). J Occup Environ Med, 56(4):e12-e13. 

Glycated hemoglobin measurement and prediction of cardiovascular disease. The Emerging Risk Factors Collaboration [Harshfield, E. was one of 189 collaborators], [73 other co-authors], Danesh, J. (2014). JAMA, 311(12):1225-1233.

Evaluating the sustained health impact of household chlorination of drinking water in rural Haiti. Harshfield, E., Lantagne, D., Turbes, A., & Null, C. (2012). Am J Trop Med Hyg, 87(5):786-795.

An up-to-date list of publications is available at

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