Kate Best


My background is in medical statistics and epidemiology. I joined the University of Leeds in January 2020 as a senior research fellow based in the Leeds Centre for Personalised Medicine and Health. I am working on a programme of research in Frailty and Ageing, with most of my projects relating to the electronic Frailty Index (eFI), using data from the Care75+ study and Connected Bradford. Previously I was a Faculty Fellow and Research Associate at Newcastle University in the Maternal and Child Health Team. Here I was involved in and led a variety of observational and data-linkage studies to examine the epidemiology of congenital anomalies with a focus on congenital heart disease survival.  

Research interests

I am interested in applying statistics to routinely collected health data in order to improve the health and social wellbeing of the population. My current research concentrates on the identification of older people living with frailty, using electronic health records. I am also interested in the social determinants of health, using health records in conjunction with biomarkers for population-based research, and statistical methods in epidemiology. 


  • PhD Epidemiology, Newcastle University, 2016
  • MSc in Medical Statistics, University of Leicester, 2010
  • BSc in Maths & Stats, University of York, 2009