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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 to work on the Burden of Disease Epidemiology, Equity and Cost-Effectiveness Programme (BODE3). She is currently working on modelling preventive interventions that result in health gain among working adults, and modelling increasing productivity and quality of life among older people. Jennifer is also involved with COVID-19 research, and is part of the Co-Search team.

Jennifer’s previous position was with 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’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.

Burden of Disease Epidemiology, Equity and Cost-Effectiveness Programme (Bode3) website

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Publications

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

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

Jin, H., Chalkidou, A., Hawkins, M., Summers, J., Eddy, S., Peacock, J. L., … on behalf of the SABR Data Working Group. (2020). 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. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.clon.2020.08.010

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

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.

Other Research Output

Wilson, N., Chambers, T., Kvalsvig, A., Mizdrak, A., Nghiem, N., Summers, J., Baker, M. (2020, July). NZ's "Team of 5 million" has achieved the lowest COVID-19 death rate in the OECD: But there are still gaps in our pandemic response. Public Health Expert blog. Retrieved from https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert/2020/07/22/nzs-team-of-5-million-has-achieved-the-lowest-covid-19-death-rate-in-the-oecd-but-there-are-still-gaps-in-our-pandemic-response

Wilson, N., Febery, S., Chan, L., Summers, J., Baker, M. (2020, May). Why a "mouth and nose" lockdown with masks might help avoid a "full body" lockdown at home. Public Health Expert blog. Retrieved from https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert/2020/05/20/why-a-mouth-and-nose-lockdown-with-masks-might-help-avoid-a-full-body-lockdown-at-home/#more-4722

Wilson, N., Summers, J., Thomson, G., Kvalsvig, A., Boyd, M., Baker, M. (2020, June). Five key reasons why NZ should have an official inquiry into the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Public Health Expert blog. Retrieved from https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert/2020/06/11/five-key-reasons-why-nz-should-have-an-official-inquiry-into-the-response-to-the-covid-19-pandemic

Wilson, N., Mizdrak, A., Summers, J., Baker, M. (2020, July). Weekly deaths declined in NZ's lockdown: But we still don’t know exactly why. Public Health Expert blog. Retrieved from https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert/2020/07/10/weekly-deaths-declined-in-nzs-lockdown-but-we-still-dont-know-exactly-why

Wilson, N., Summers, J. Anglemyer, A. Blakely, T., Baker, M. (2020, August). NZ’s COVID-19 response compared to selected other jurisdictions: Australia, Taiwan and the United States. Public Health Expert blog. Retrieved from https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert/2020/08/26/nzs-covid-19-response-compared-to-selected-other-jurisdictions-australia-taiwan-and-the-united-states/

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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

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

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.

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

Jin, H., Chalkidou, A., Hawkins, M., Summers, J., Eddy, S., Peacock, J. L., … on behalf of the SABR Data Working Group. (2020). 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. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.clon.2020.08.010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.lanwpc.2020.10 0 044

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Wilson, N., Summers, J. A., & Baker, M. G. (2018, December). The 1918 influenza pandemic and persisting lessons for modern day New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the 4th One Health Aotearoa (OHA) Symposium, Wellington, New Zealand.

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