Q&A: Dr Serena Perner

We’re delighted to be joined by Dr Serena Perner from the Institute of Collective Health at the National University of Lanus for the next three months.

Tell us about yourself and your research background.

I was born in Bariloche, a northern Patagonian city of Argentina. I graduated in medicine at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and completed a Specialization in Epidemiology and a PhD in Collective Health, both at the University of Lanus, Argentina.

Since my PhD I have been working on health-related social inequalities, mainly studying inequalities in urban space and the use of multilevel methods. I joined the Institute of Collective Health at the National University of Lanus as a postdoctoral fellow of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET). There, I am part of the epidemiology research group, working on social inequalities in health, mainly in the SALURBAL project, and also part of the editorial board of the Journal Salud Colectiva.

Why did you choose to visit the ICON group at LSHTM?

LSHTM is a well-known institution in Argentina, with a wide trajectory. This is why I applied for and won a fellowship award financed by CONICET that allowed me to continue training abroad as a research visitant with the ICON group, through the connection of Pablo Perel, from NCDE at LSHTM. The team has a strong experience studying social inequalities and cancer, and it is a great opportunity for me to deepen my knowledge in methodological aspects to assess inequalities.

What research activities do you hope to undertake with the ICON group?

I plan to work during my stay on social inequalities regarding overall and cancer specific mortality at small area level in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, using a multilevel modelling to study inequalities at hierarchical levels. Also, to start working on some projects related to cancer and cancer-screening with social inequalities, that we can continue working after my stay at LSHTM.

Can you share an interesting fact about yourself?

I love to learn about the history of places, cities, and people, to learn about the way of life of different groups and peoples. I love life in big cities, and the cultural richness and diversity in which they are immersed. I love to go for long walks, in unknown cities, at the seaside or on mountain trails, places where the only thing to think about is where the next step is. I love reading, and getting lost in the pages of a book, I love those stories in which after finishing I keep thinking about the life of the characters and the places.