Dr Dan Howdon

Dr Dan Howdon


I am a Senior Research Fellow in the Academic Unit of Health Economics within the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences. I joined AUHE in May 2018 after two years as a Postdoc in Health Economics at the University of Groningen. Prior to this, I held various teaching and research fellow positions at University College London and the University of York.


  • Lead, Applied Health Econometrics Group

Research interests

I am currently involved with several projects, including:

  • ACTIVATE: evaluation of new aptamer-based diagnostics for various clinical purposes.
  • ATLANTIS: evaluation of the use of low-dose amitriptyline for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • BioPAsSPoRT: evaluation of a new renal diagnostic, aimed at allowing earlier and more accurate diagnosis of delayed graft function and improvement in clinical intervention, risk stratification and tailoring of individual follow-up.
  • LP-MAESTRO: evaluation of the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of particular configurations of liaison psychiatry service for specified target populations.

I am also undertaking research examining the prediction of prognosis in advanced incurable cancer using EQ-5D components, the impact of unmodelled heterogeneity in economic evaluation, and the relevance of the degree of budgetary impact in determining relevant decision rules in economic evaluation.


  • PhD Economics -- University of York (2014)
  • MSc Health Economics -- University of York (2010)
  • BA Economics & Politics -- Durham University (2008)

Student education

I teach undergraduate sessions in health economics & am available for PhD supervision.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Applied Health Econometrics Group
  • Health economics
  • Academic Unit of Health Economics
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