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. Afterwards, Kirsten went on to complete a Master of Public Health (MPH) at the University of Edinburgh which she completed in 2016. After completing her masters, Kirsten worked at Health Protection Scotland (HPS) as an Epidemiologist in the blood-borne virus (BBV) and sexually transmitted infections (STI) team. Kirsten began her PhD in January 2018; she still currently holds an honorary position as an Epidemiologist at HPS, and is also a member of the Substance Use and Misuse team at GCU and the Drugs Research Network Scotland (DRNS).

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


Atkinson A.M., McAuley A., Trayner K.M.A., Sumnall H.R. ‘We are still obsessed by this idea of abstinence’: A critical analysis of UK news media representations of proposals to introduce drug consumption rooms in Glasgow, UK. International Journal of Drug Policy. 2019 Jun 1;68:62-74.

McAuley A, Palmateer NE, Goldberg DJ, Trayner KM, Shepherd SJ, Gunson RN, Metcalfe R, Milosevic C, Taylor A, Munro A, Hutchinson SJ. Re-emergence of HIV related to injecting drug use despite a comprehensive harm reduction environment: a cross-sectional analysis. The Lancet HIV. 2019 May 1;6(5):e315-24.

Trayner, K.M., Weir, A., McAuley, A., Godbole, G., Amar, C., Grant, K., Penrice, G. and Roy, K., 2018. A pragmatic harm reduction approach to manage a large outbreak of wound botulism in people who inject drugs, Scotland 2015. Harm Reduction Journal, 15(1), p.36.

Trayner, K.M.A., Hopps, L., Nguyen, M., Christie, M., Bagg, J. and Roy, K., 2018. Cross-sectional survey of a sample of UK primary care dental professionals' experiences of sharps injuries and perception of access to occupational health support. British Dental Journal, 225(11), pp.1023-1028.

Trayner, K., Nguyen, M., Hopps, L., Christie, M., Roy, K. and Bagg, J., 2018. Use of safety syringes for administration of local anaesthesia among a sample of UK primary care dental professionals. British Dental Journal, 225(10), p.957.

Trayner, K.M., Anderson, N. and Cameron, J.C., 2018. A mixed-methods study to identify factors associated with MenACWY vaccine uptake, barriers and motivations towards vaccination among undergraduate students. Health Education Journal, p.0017896918796049.