Dr Rafael Venson
- Lecturer in Forensic Toxicology/Pharmacology (Forensic Medicine)
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.
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.
- the assessment of health technologies for acute or chronic conditions;
- economic evaluations;
- evidence sysnthesis.
I am currently interested in co-supervising master's degree students, and would welcome enquiries in relevant areas of research, such as:
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
Prizes, awards & distinctions
- 2017: Experimental Design and Impact on Toxicology (EDIT) Award (The Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT))
Professional & learned societies
- 2019 - 2020: Co-chair, Athena Swan LGBTQ+ Working Group at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing
- 2018: Member, ISPOR (International Society For Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research) Latin America Consortium Publications Committee
- 2016: Member, BrMASS (Brazilian Society of Mass Spectrometry)
- 2016: Member, ABEP-UK (The Association of Brazilian Post-graduation Students and Researchers in the United Kingdom)
- 2010 - 2013: Forensic Toxicology representative, Group of Strategic Planning of the Secretariat of Public Safety
- 2011 - 2013: Police (GO) representative, Special Committee for Missing and Dead People Victims of Political Oppression (Araguaia Project) of the Secretariat of Human Rights of the Presidency of Brazil
- 2011 - 2018: Member, The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists – TIAFT
Selected international presentations
- 2018: 7th COSIMP - Mercosul's Pharmaceutical Sciences Congress (Brazil)
- 2011: III Symposium of Hospital Pharmacy (Brazil)
- 2010: X Pharmaceutical Sciences Students Symposium (Brazil)
- 2009: VII Rheumatology Conference of Espírito Santo (Brazil)
- 2009: XVII Jornada do Cone-sul de Reumatologia (Brazil)