Dr Rafael Venson

  • Research Assistant (Health Economics & Health Technology Assessment)

telephone: 01413306639
email: Rafael.Venson@glasgow.ac.uk


I joined the Department of Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment (HEHTA) as a Trainee Health Economist in July 2018. I have a Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) degree from the Federal University of Paraná - Brazil, a Master of Research (MRes) in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the same Institution, and a PhD in Forensic Medicine and Science from the University of Glasgow, obtained in 2018.

After 8 years involved in Forensics, working at the Scientific Police in Brazil and at the University of Glasgow, I decided to get out of the Laboratory and go back to explore and contribute to the field of Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment.

I always try to keep myself busy with other activities, and I am currently the co-chair for the Athena Swan LGBTQ+ Working Group.

Please find more about my research interests below. Feel free to contact me via e-mail or Twitter.

Research interests

I am interested in health economics and health technology assessment, mainly:

  • economic evaluations, including economic evaluation alongside clinical trials;
  • modelling methods for economics evaluation;
  • evidence sysnthesis, including systematic review and meta-analysis.

I previously worked on the assessment of health technologies for rheumatoid arthritis, chronic hepatitis B, and diabetes type 1. Most recently I have been involved in a costing study of in-vitro fertilisation in Scotland funded by the Scottish Government. My next research projects will assess dyadic developmental psychotherapy and the use of anticoagulants by stroke patients.

Before joining HEHTA, I worked in academia and in the Scientific Police, where I also did research on forensic toxicology, mainly focusing on hollow-fibre liquid-phase microextraction (HF-LPME) methods to detect drugs in biological samples.


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    I am currently interested in co-supervising master's degree students, and would welcome enquiries in relevant areas of research, such as:

    • the assessment of health technologies for acute or chronic conditions;
    • economic evaluations;
    • evidence sysnthesis.

    I would be happy to discuss proposals.


More recently, I have been mainly involved in:

  • MSc in Health Technology Assessment: designing and delivering two lectures in the Data Science module;
  • MSc in Forensic Toxicology: designing and delivering a lecture in Mass Spectra Intepretation;
  • tutoring in the Decision Analytic Modelling for Economic Evaluation and Evidence Synthesis CPD courses, both hosted by HEHTA; 
  • moderating discussion forums in the Massive Open Online Course (on FutureLearn.com) in Health Technology Assessment;
  • designing and delivering an e-seminar in Advance in Forensics and Toxicology e-Seminar Series, available online.

Professional activities & recognition

Selected international presentations

  • 2018: 7th COSIMP - Mercosul's Pharmaceutical Sciences Congress (Brazil)