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It is with great sadness that The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford shares news of the death of researcher Dr Elizabeth (‘Lizzie’) Millett.

Dr Millett was an outstanding epidemiologist who joined The George Institute in January 2017, and played a key role in the institute’s programme of sex-disaggregated analyses of risk factors, treatment and health outcomes for chronic diseases. She also contributed to our global work in injury prevention.

Dr Millett recently led a study published in the British Medical Journal, which found that smoking, diabetes and high blood pressure increase women’s risk of experiencing a heart attack more than men’s; findings that were widely publicised in both national and international media.

Lizzie was a remarkable researcher and highly valued colleague, who made a huge contribution to The George Institute, both professionally and personally, despite battling a chronic health condition,’ said Mark Woodward, Professor of Statistics and Epidemiology at the University of Oxford.  

In addition to conducting her own, high-quality work analysing large datasets for differences between women and men in relation to cardiovascular disease, she was generous in sharing her time and considerable expertise with fellow researchers; brought great humour to the office; and was a delight to have in the team.’

Dr Millett gained her MSc and PhD in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Before joining The George Institute, her career included work on the Flu Watch study at University College London, and in the Respiratory Medicine Unit at the University of Oxford.

Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with Dr Millett’s family at this time. 

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