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Dr Jennifer Summers image 2020PhD, AKC, DHMSA, PGDPH, PGCAP, BSc, CStat, FHEA, MRSNZ

Senior Research Fellow; BODE3

Affiliate of Kings College London, United Kingdom

Contact details

Fax +64 4 389 5319
Email jennifer.summers@otago.ac.nz

Research interests and activities

Jennifer joined the University of Otago as a Senior Research Fellow in 2020. She is currently a member of the Health Environment & Infection Research Unit (HEIRU). Jennifer is involved with COVID-19 related research, and is part of the Co-Search team. She is currently researching the COVID-19 response amongst island jurisdictions including New Zealand and supervises postgraduate students in Public Health.

Jennifer’s previous role at Otago University was in the Burden of Disease Epidemiology, Equity and Cost-Effectiveness Programme (BODE3), and she held a previous position in the the Division of Health and Social Care Research at King’s College London, United Kingdom as a Medical Statistician.

Jennifer was awarded her PhD in 2013 from the University of Otago in Public Health, titled 'The Burden and Risk Factors for Death from the 1918-19 Influenza Pandemic amongst the New Zealand Military Forces of World War One'. Jennifer was also awarded a Diploma in the History of Medicine from the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries in 2020, titled 'An Overview of Vaccine use amongst the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces during World War One'.

Jennifer’s research interests include investigating aspects of life-course, historical and infectious disease epidemiology; specifically transmission and containment of influenza, both pandemic and seasonal strains. Jennifer also has research interests in historical epidemiology, military history, pandemic preparedness, disease modelling (including transmission dynamics), health workforces and policy, and statistical methodologies. Jennifer is a Chartered Statistician (CStat) from the Royal Statistical Society, United Kingdom.

Health Environment & Infection Research Unit (HEIRU), Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington, University of Otago, New Zealand

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Publications

Kvalsvig, A., Baker, M., Summers, J., Telfar Barnard, L., Dickson, A., Bennett, J., Timu-Parata, C., Wilson, N., (2022, May). The urgent need for a Covid-19 Action Plan for Schools in Aotearoa New Zealand. Public Health Expert blog. Retrieved from https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert/the-urgent-need-for-a-covid-19-action-plan-for-schools-in-aotearoa-new-zealand/

Baker, M., Summers, J., Kvalsvig, A., Harwood, M., Wilson, N. (2022, January). Preparing for Omicron: A proactive Government response is urgently needed to minimise harms. Public Health Expert blog. Retrieved from https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert/preparing-for-omicron-a-proactive-government-response-is-urgently-needed-to-minimise-harms/

Kvalsvig, A., Brooks, A., Wilson, N., Bennett, J., Summers, J., Timu-Parata, C., Wild, C., Tuari-Toma, B., Jackson, C., Baker, M. (2022, March). Longer-term harm from Covid-19 in children: The evidence suggests greater efforts are needed to protect children in Aotearoa NZ from infection. Public Health Expert blog. Retrieved from https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert/longer-term-harm-from-covid-19-in-children-the-evidence-suggests-greater-efforts-are-needed-to-protect-children-in-aotearoa-nz-from-infection/

Kvalsvig, A., Wilson, N., Timu-Parata, C., Tuari-Toma, B., Summers, J., Davies, C., Jackson, C., Bennett, J., Baker, M. G. (2022, January). Protecting New Zealand children from the developing Omicron outbreak. Public Health Expert blog. Retrieved from https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert/protecting-new-zealand-children-from-the-developing-omicron-outbreak/

Summers, J., Baker, M., Wilson, N. (2022, February). Mortality declines in Aotearoa NZ during the first two years of the Covid-19 pandemic. Public Health Expert blog. Retrieved from https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert/mortality-declines-in-aotearoa-nz-during-the-first-two-years-of-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Kvalsvig, A., Telfar Barnard, L., Summers, J., & Baker, M. G. (2022). Integrated prevention and control of seasonal respiratory infections in Aotearoa New Zealand: Next steps for transformative change. Policy Quarterly, 18(1), 44-51. doi: 10.26686/pq.v18i1.7500

Journal - Research Article

Wilson, N., Hoek, J., Nghiem, N., Summers, J., Grout, L., & Edwards, R. (2022). Modelling the impacts of tobacco denicotinisation on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 135(1548), 65-76. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Chalkidou, A., Macmillan, T., Grzeda, M. T., Peacock, J., Summers, J., Eddy, S., … van As, N. (2021). Stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy in patients with oligometastatic cancers: A prospective, registry-based, single-arm, observational, evaluation study. Lancet Oncology, 22(1), 98-106. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(20)30537-4

Journal - Research Article

Grout, L., Katar, A., Ouakrim, D. A., Summers, J. A., Kvalsvig, A., Baker, M. G., Blakely, T., & Wilson, N. (2021). Failures of quarantine systems for preventing COVID-19 outbreaks in Australia and New Zealand. Medical Journal of Australia. Advance online publication. doi: 10.5694/mja2.51240

Journal - Research Article

Jin, H., Chalkidou, A., Hawkins, M., Summers, J., Eddy, S., Peacock, J. L., … on behalf of the SABR Data Working Group. (2021). Cost-effectiveness analysis of stereotactic ablative body radiation therapy compared with surgery and radiofrequency ablation in two patient cohorts: Metastatic liver cancer and hepatocellular carcinoma. Clinical Oncology, 3, e143-e154. doi: 10.1016/j.clon.2020.08.010

Journal - Research Article

Wilson, N., Clement, C., Summers, J. A., Thomson, G., & Harper, G. (2021). Impact of war on veteran life span: Natural experiment involving combat versus non-combat exposed military personnel. BMJ Military Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/bmjmilitary-2021-001991

Journal - Research Article

Goddard, K., Pennington, M., Kartha, M. R., Macmillan, T., Bunce, C., Summers, J. A., … Chalkidou, A. (2020). Complex clinical pathways: Assessing the value of a device for detecting diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Diabetic Foot Journal, 23(1), 16, 20.

Journal - Research Article

Ostermann, M., Summers, J., Lei, K., Card, B., Harrington, D. J., Sherwood, R., … Bear, D. E. (2020). Micronutrients in critically ill patients with severe acute kidney injury: A prospective study. Scientific Reports, 10, 1505. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-58115-2

Journal - Research Article

Pennington, M., Summers, J., Coker, B., Eddy, S., Kartha, M. R., Edwards, K., … Peacock, J. L. (2020). Selective dorsal rhizotomy: Evidence on cost-effectiveness from England. PLoS ONE, 15(8), e0236783. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0236783

Journal - Research Article

Summers, J., Coker, B., Eddy, S., Elstad, M., Bunce, C., Bourmpaki, E., … for the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy Steering Committee. (2019). 'Selective dorsal rhizotomy in ambulant children with cerebral palsy: An observational cohort study. Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, 3, 455-462. doi: 10.1016/S2352-4642(19)30119-1

Journal - Research Article

Summers, J. A., Baker, M. G., & Wilson, N. (2018). New Zealand's experience of the 1918-9 influenza pandemic: A systematic review after 100 years. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1487), 54-69. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Khan, M. S., Gan, C., Ahmed, K., Ismail, A. F., Watkins, J., Summers, J. A., … Dasgupta, P. (2016). A single-centre early phase randomised controlled three-arm trial of open, robotic, and laparoscopic radical cystectomy (CORAL). European Urology, 69, 613-621. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2015.07.038

Journal - Research Article

Morris, E., Chalkidou, A., Hammers, A., Peacock, J., Summers, J., & Keevil, S. (2016). Diagnostic accuracy of 18F amyloid PET tracers for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis. European Journal of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging, 43, 374-385. doi: 10.1007/s00259-015-3228-x

Journal - Research Article

Summers, J. A., Peacock, J., Coker, B., McMillan, V., Ofuya, M., Lewis, C., … Reid, F. (2016). Multicentre prospective survey of SeHCAT provision and practice in the UK. BMJ Open Gastroenterology, 3(1), e000091. doi: 10.1136/bmjgast-2016-000091

Journal - Research Article

Summers, J. A., Stanley, J., Baker, M. G., & Wilson, N. (2014). Risk factors for death from pandemic influenza in 1918-1919: A case-control study. Influenza & Other Respiratory Viruses, 8(3), 329-338. doi: 10.1111/irv.12228

Journal - Research Article

Wilson, N., Clement, C., Summers, J. A., Bannister, J., & Harper, G. (2014). Mortality of first world war military personnel: Comparison of two military cohorts. BMJ, 349, g7168. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g7168

Journal - Research Article

Summers, J. A., Shanks, G. D., Baker, M. G., & Wilson, N. (2013). Severe impact of the 1918-19 pandemic in a national military force. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1378). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Summers, J. A., Wilson, N., Baker, M. G., & Gottfredsson, M. (2013). The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 in two remote island nations: Iceland and New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1373). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Wilson, N., Nghiem, N., Summers, J. A., Carter, M.-A., & Harper, G. (2013). A nutritional analysis of New Zealand military food rations at Gallipoli in 1915: Likely contribution to scurvy and other nutrient deficiency disorders. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1373). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Wilson, N., Summers, J. A., Baker, M. G., Thomson, G., & Harper, G. (2013). Fatal injury epidemiology among the New Zealand military forces in the First World War. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1385). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Summers, J. A. (2012). Pandemic influenza outbreak on a troop ship: Diary of a soldier in 1918. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 18(11), 1900-1903.

Journal - Research Article

Wilson, N., Summers, J. A., & Baker, M. G. (2012). The 2009 influenza pandemic: A review of the strengths and weaknesses of the health sector response in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 125(1365). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Wilson, N., Telfar Barnard, L., Summers, J. A., Shanks, G. D., & Baker, M. G. (2012). Differential mortality rates by ethnicity in 3 influenza pandemics over a century, New Zealand. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 18(1), 71-77. doi: 10.3201/eid1801.110035

Journal - Research Article

Summers, J. A., Wilson, N., Baker, M. G., & Shanks, G. D. (2010). Mortality risk factors for pandemic influenza on New Zealand troop ship, 1918. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 16(12), 1931-1937. doi: 10.3201/eid1612.100429

Journal - Research Article

Summers, J. A., Ouakrim, D. A., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. (2021). Updated health and cost impacts of electronic nicotine delivery systems, using recent estimates of relative harm for vaping compared to smoking. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntab178

Journal - Research Other

Wilson, N., Grout, L., Summers, J., Jones, A. C., Mizdrak, A., Nghiem, N., Cleghorn, C., & Blakely, T. (2021). Should prioritising health interventions be informed by modelling studies? The case of cancer control in Aotearoa New Zealand [Viewpoint]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1531), 101-113. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

Wilson, N., Summers, J. A., Grout, L., & Baker, M. G. (2021). Bumper issue of COVID-19 pandemic studies of relevance to Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1538), 9-17. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

Kvalsvig, A., Summers, J., Gray, L., Telfar Barnard, L., & Baker, M. G. (2020). COVID-19 outbreaks in Aotearoa New Zealand: Urgent action is required to address systematic causes and consequences of border failures. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1527), 8-14. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

Summers, J., Cheng, H.-Y., Lin, H.-H., Telfar Barnard, L., Kvalsvig, A., Wilson, N., & Baker, M. G. (2020). Potential lessons from the Taiwan and New Zealand health responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lancet Regional Health: Western Pacific, 4, 100044. doi: 10.1016/j.lanwpc.2020.100044

Journal - Research Other

Macmillan, T., Pennington, M., Summers, J. A., Goddard, K., Zala, D., Herz, N., … Chalkidou, A. (2018). SecurAcath for securing peripherally inserted central catheters: A NICE medical technology guidance. Applied Health Economics & Health Policy, 16, 779-791. doi: 10.1007/s40258-018-0427-1

Journal - Research Other

Summers, J. A., Radhakrishnan, M., Morris, E., Chalkidou, A., Rua, T., Patel, A., … Peacock, J. (2018). Virtual TouchTM quantification to diagnose and monitor liver fibrosis in hepatitis B and hepatitis C: A NICE medical technology guidance. Applied Health Economics & Health Policy, 15, 139-154. doi: 10.1007/s40258-016-0277-7

Journal - Research Other

Wilson, N., Thomson, G., Summers, J. A., Harper, G., Horrocks, J., & Roberts, E. (2018). The health impacts of the First World War on New Zealand: A summary and a remaining research agenda. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 42(6), 516-518. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12837

Journal - Research Other

Reid, F., Peacock, J., Coker, B., McMillan, V., Lewis, C., Keevil, S., … Summers, J. (2016). A multicenter prospective study to investigate the diagnostic accuracy of the SeHCAT test in measuring bile acid malabsorption: Research protocol. JMIR Research Protocols, 5(1), e13. doi: 10.2196/resprot.4467

Journal - Research Other

Summers, J. A. (2015). A flu that brought nations to a standstill. Hektoen International, 7(3). Retrieved from https://hekint.org/2017/02/01/a-flu-that-brought-nations-to-a-standstill

Journal - Research Other

Summers, J. A., Clinch, J., Radhakrishnan, M., Healy, A., McMillan, V., Morris, E., … Keevil, S. F. (2015). The gekoTM electro-stimulation device for venous thromboembolism prophylaxis: A NICE medical technology guidance. Applied Health Economics & Health Policy, 13, 135-147. doi: 10.1007/s40258-014-0139-0

Journal - Research Other

Wilson, N., Oliver, J., Summers, J. A., Baker, M. G., Waller, M., & Shanks, G. D. (2014). Age-specific mortality during the 1918-19 influenza pandemic and possible relationship to 1889-92 pandemic. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 210(6), 993-995. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiu191

Journal - Research Other

Wilson, N., Summers, J., & Baker, M. G. (2014). Impact of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic on the New Zealand military and persisting lessons for pandemic control. Microbiology Australia, 35(3), 138-140. doi: 10.1071/MA14048

Journal - Research Other

Summers, J. A., Wilson, N., & Baker, M. G. (2011). New research on pandemic influenza at the World Congress of Epidemiology, Edinburgh, 7-11 August 2011 [Meeting report]. Eurosurveillance, 16(45), 20011. Retrieved from http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=20011

Journal - Research Other

Wilson, N., Summers, J., Baker, M., & Rice, G. (2009). A bizarre case of drowning as a result of pandemic influenza (1918 pandemic) [Clincial correspondence]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 122(1302). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/122-1302/3777/content.pdf

Journal - Research Other

Summers, J., & Browne, M. (2014). Beautifully hideous: Pioneering plastic surgery in World War I. Wellcome History, (54), 2-5.

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Blakely, T., Ouakrim, D. A., Wilson, N., & Summers, J. (2022). Could denicotinisation of tobacco products in NZ achieve less than 5% by 2025. Proceedings of the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco (SRNT) 28th Annual Meeting. (pp. 18). Retrieved from https://www.srnt.org

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Ross, P. J., Repana, D., Saunders, M., Wilson, R. H., Plummer, C. J., Summers, J., … Bridgewater, J. (2017). A phase I/II dose finding study evaluating the safety and tolerability of capecitabine and aflibercept in patients with unresectable metastatic colorectal cancer deemed unsuitable for doublet/triplet chemotherapy: Results of the phase I study. European Journal of Cancer, 72(Suppl. 1), (pp. S69-S70). doi: 10.1016/S0959-8049(17)30306-4

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

McLaughlin, J., Logan, R., Reid, F., & Summers, J. (2016). 'Bile Acid Diarrhoea: Evidence for lower SeHCAT retention in type 3 patients following cholecystectomy. United European Gastroenterology Journal, 4(5S), (pp. A91). doi: 10.1177/2050640616663688

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Summers, J., Pascoal, A., Keevil, S., Lewis, C., Cornelius, V., & Peacock, J. (2013). A trilogy of studies: Diagnostic accuracy and use of SeHCAT test in England. Proceedings of the NIHR Statistical Group: Imaging in Translation Research Meeting: Challenges in the Design and Analysis of Studies Evaluating Imaging Modalities. Retrieved from https://statistics-group.nihr.ac.uk

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Shanks, G. D., Summers, J. A., & Wilson, N. (2012). Large mortality differences between Australian and New Zealand soldiers during 1918-19 influenza pandemic. Proceedings of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) 61st Annual Meeting. Retrieved from http://www.astmh.org/Home.htm

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Wilson, N., Summers, J., & Baker, M. (2012). Injury epidemiology and New Zealand military forces in World War one. Injury Prevention, 18(Suppl. 1), (pp. A153). doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2012-040590l.6

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Summers, J. A., Gottfredsson, M., Wilson, N., & Baker, M. G. (2011). Comparative study of the influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 in two island nations: Iceland and New Zealand. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 65(Suppl. 1), (pp. A212). doi: 10.1136/jech.2011.142976h.12

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Summers, J. A., Wilson, N., & Baker, M. G. (2011). Descriptive epidemiology of mortality among the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces of World War I. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 65(Suppl. 1), (pp. A465-A466). doi: 10.1136/jech.2011.142976q.12

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Summers, J. A., Wilson, N., & Baker, M. G. (2011). Ethnic gradient in mortality among New Zealand military personnel in World War I. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 65(Suppl. 1), (pp. A466). doi: 10.1136/jech.2011.142976q.14

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Wilson, N., Telfar Barnard, L., Summers, J., Shanks, D., & Baker, M. (2011). Relatively high mortality for Maori and Pacific peoples in the 2009 influenza pandemic and comparisons with previous pandemics. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 65(Suppl. 1), (pp. A356). doi: 10.1136/jech.2011.142976m.16

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