Trayner, Kirsten

Kirsten Trayner

PhD Student
Sexual Health and Blood-borne virus Research Team
Kirsten graduated from the University of Glasgow with a BSc (Hons) in Immunology in 2014. She went on to complete a Masters of Public Health (MPH) at the University of Edinburgh in 2016. After completing her masters, Kirsten worked as an Epidemiologist in the Blood Borne Virus and Sexually Transmitted Infections team at NHS Public Health Scotland (PHS). Kirsten began her PhD at GCU in January 2018; she currently holds an honorary Epidemiologist position at PHS, and is also a member of the Substance Use and Misuse research group at GCU and the Drugs Research Network Scotland (DRNS).

Kirsten’s PhD is focused on understanding harms, mainly BBVs, associated with injecting drug use and interventions which can be implemented to improve health and social outcomes among people who inject drugs. A large proportion of her PhD is dedicated to understanding the epidemiology and the response to the largest documented outbreak of HIV in over 30 years among people who inject drugs, concentrated in Glasgow city centre. The results of Kirsten’s PhD are extremely relevant for local and national groups with the responsibility for improving the health of people who inject drugs in Scotland, including those involved in proposals to establish the UK’s first drug consumption room in Glasgow.

Supervisors: Professor Sharon Hutchinson, Dr Norah Palmateer, Dr Andrew McAuley

Year commenced PhD study: 2018 (Full Time) PhD