Laura García Álvarez

Past Boards of Directors

Scientific background: Laura graduated as a Veterinary Surgeon from the University of León (Spain) in 2001, and then moved to the UK where she has specialized in different aspects of epidemiology research and public health, working across academic and healthcare settings. Laura completed a PhD in Veterinary Epidemiology by the University of Cambridge in 2009, and a Post-graduate Certificate in Veterinary Epidemiology & Public Health by the University of London in 2010. In 2010, Laura moved to Imperial College London to work as a Research Associate, and later as a Research Fellow, where she provided epidemiological support and analytical expertise in a variety of observational studies investigating infectious diseases in hospitalized patients, such as influenza, Norovirus and Clostridium difficile infections. As part of her role at Imperial, Laura also worked within the Infection Surveillance team advising on projects where existing healthcare databases were linked to support hospital epidemiology and enable the identification of at risk patients. In July 2013, Laura joined the Outcomes Research team in IMS Health, where she currently works as a Senior Consultant in primary observational studies and retrospective studies.

Opinion about SRUK: I became a member of the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK/CERU) in September 2012. As a Spanish scientist working in the UK, I truly believe that promoting scientific communication and idea exchange between the UK and Spain can be of great benefit for both countries, potentially enabling the establishment of fruitful collaborations, as well as contributing to the advancement of high quality research. SRUK/CERU plays a key role in these areas, and since I joined I felt very keen to contribute towards the aims and objectives of the society and become an active member. The broad range of activities and initiatives that SRUK/CERU has undertaken in the last year, together with the enthusiasm and hard work of its active members, have not only strengthen this belief but have also made me eager to continue contributing to the overall efforts of the society.