Centre for Health and Bioinformatics


Dr Kate Best

Faculty Fellow



I am a Faculty of Medical Sciences Fellow based at the Institute of Health & Society. Within Newcastle University, I am a member of:

I also hold an honorary contract with Public Health England (PHE) to work with the PHE National Congenital Anomaly and Rare Diseases Registration Service (NCARDRS).

Previous positions

Research Associate, Newcastle University (2015-2016) 

Research Assistant, Newcastle University (2010-2015)     

Research Advisor in Statistics, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospital Trust (2010-2012)


PhD Epidemiology, Newcastle University (2016)

MSc Medical Statistics, University of Leicester (2010)

BSc Maths and Statistics, University of York (2009)

Committee memberships

Society for Social Medicine Early Career Researcher Subcommittee (2016-2018)

Newcastle University Faculty of Medical Sciences Postdoctoral Symposium committee (2017)


Society for Perinatal Epidemiological Research trainee travel award 2016 ($725), to attend conference in Miami (2016).

My paper submitted to the EUROCAT conference (Milan) was selected for publication in Birth Defects Research Part A (2016).

Student travel award from the Society for Social Medicine (£600), to attend conference in Dublin (2015).


Research interests

  • Congenital Heart Disease (outcomes, risk factors, predictors of survival, health service provision)
  • Applied statistics
  • Data linkage
  • Socioeconomic inequalities
  • Maternal and Perinatal epidemiology


Socioeconomic inequalities in congenital heart disease mortality. The NCARDRS Northern meeting (Leeds, 2018)

Survival and risk factors for mortality in individuals with congenital heart disease. TIMMS team meeting (University of Leicester, 2016).

The impact of extreme maternal obesity on gestational age at delivery; a national study of births in England. Society for Social Medicine (York, 2016).

Modelling rates of disability: predicted population prevalence of spina bifida in England & Wales in children by 2020. EUROCAT conference (Milan, 2016).

Increased risk of congenital heart disease in twins. Society for Social Medicine (Dublin, 2015)

Are twins at increased risk of congenital heart disease? PHE applied epidemiology (Warwick 2015)

Long-term survival of children born with congenital heart disease: a systematic review. BINOCAR conference (Swansea, 2014)

The prevalence of congenital heart disease in the UK: a population-based register study. Society for Social Medicine (Oxford, 2014)

How does BMI impact on antenatal ultrasound? at the NorCAS annual meeting (Newcastle, 2013)

Impact of maternal BMI on the antenatal detection of congenital anomalies at the BINOCAR conference (Oxford, 2012)

Brain anomalies in the North East of England at the NorCAS annual meeting (Newcastle, 2011)

Long term cardiovascular risk in women with pre-eclampsia: systematic review and meta-analysis at the XIX International Epidemiology Association World congress of Epidemiology (Edinburgh, 2011).


Best KE, O'Sullivan J, Rankin J. Length of stay (LOS) and predictors of LOS following paediatric congenital heart disease. £33,499.77. The Newcastle upon Tyne hospitals NHS Charity.

Faculty of Medical Sciences Fellowship; Best KE. (2016-2018). £80,000.

Rankin J, Lingam R, Glinianaia S, Best KE. (2015) The prevalence and expected prevalence of selected childhood conditions in England; current figures and prediction. £14,999 Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children.

Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund, Small grant offering (specialist skills and knowledge). (April 2015) This grant was used to complete a three week collaborative trip to the Institute of Public Health (INSERM) in Paris. £2,224.

Rankin J, Best KE. (2012-2015) Survival and predictors of survival in children born with congenital heart defects. British Heart Foundation Non-clinical studentship; £101, 681. 



  • Dissertation Supervisor (MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research)


  • Introduction to Stata (FMS)
  • Congenital Heart Disease Epidemiology (MRes)
  • Medical Statistics (MRCP Part 1)