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Professor Joanne Lord BSc, MSc, PhD

Director of Southampton HTA Centre & Professorial Research Fellow in Health Economics

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Joanne Lord is a health economist specialising in cost-effectiveness analysis and decision modelling. She runs the HTA group at the University of Southampton, who assess clinical and economic evidence for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). She also collaborates with clinical and health service researchers on a variety of projects; leading health economic evaluations conducted alongside clinical trials and developing cost-effectiveness models.

I’m proud to lead the Southampton HTA Centre. We help to improve guidance on the use of drugs, devices, tests and other services in the NHS by assessing evidence of benefit to patients and value for money.

Joanne is a health economist who has worked for over 30 years in analytical and academic roles to improve decisions about the effective and efficient delivery of health and social care services and the uptake of new technologies.

She has degrees in economics and mathematics, operational research and health economics. Her first job was in the operational research group at the Department of Health in London, where she worked on projects for local health and social service decision-making. She joined the public health department at St Georges Hospital Medical School to do research on clinical audit, then moving into the field of health economics. Joanne also worked at the Imperial College Business School and Health Economics Research Group at Brunel University, before joining the University of Southampton in 2015.

Between academic jobs, Joanne has worked twice for the National Institute for Health and Social Care Excellence (NICE): first on their early technology appraisals and later in their clinical guidelines team. This interest continues at Southampton, where SHTAC produces Technology Assessment Review reports that are a key part of the evidence base that underpins NICE guidance on use of new drugs and diagnostic tests in the NHS.


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Research interests

Joanne has research interests in health economic evaluation and decision modelling.

She has worked on a wide range of applied cost-effectiveness studies, including:

  • a review of newborn screening for inborn errors of metabolism;
  • trials of diagnosis, patient education, structured decision-making and therapeutic interventions for arthritis and back pain;
  • evaluations of diagnostic tests, preventive treatment and contact tracing for tuberculosis;
  • a model of geographic allocation of resources for control of Chagas disease in Central America; and
  • analyses relating to the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

Her methodological contributions include an MRC funded project on whole pathway modelling for NICE clinical guidelines and an economic perspective on test evaluation. She has also contributed to health outcome and quality of life studies.

Research Projects

Chief investigator for the SHTAC contract to produce Technology Assessment Review (TAR) reports for the NIHR

Work package lead for EU Horizon2020 funded project: FAIR Flagellin aerosol therapy as an immunomodulatory adjunct to the antibiotic treatment of drug-resistant bacterial pneumonia

Health economic input to University of Southampton clinical research studies:

  • CONFIRM: Checkpoint blockade for inhibition of relapsed mesothelioma: A phase III trial to evaluate the efficacy of nivolumab in relapsed      mesothelioma
  • OCTOPuS: Optimising Cardiac Surgery ouTcOmes in People with diabeteS
  • ATTACK: Aspirin To Target Arterial Events in Chronic Kidney Disease
  • EACH-B: Engaging adolescents in changing behaviour: a programme of research to improve the diets and physical activity levels of teenagers
  • WRAPPED: Nudging healthier dietary habits: evaluation of a supermarket placement strategy

Health economic input to other clinical studies:

  • CASA-AF: Catheter Ablation Versus Thoracoscopic Surgical Ablation in Treating Long Standing Persistent Atrial Fibrillation
  • Endobarrier: A Randomised controlled trial of a duodenal sleeve bypass device compared with standard medical therapy for the management of obese subjects with type 2 diabetes


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Joanne contributes lectures on health technology assessment, NICE and health economic evaluation to the MSc Public Health, MSc Genomics and BM5/BM(EU) Year 2 course on Research for Medicine and Health.

She also contributes to the SHTAC short course Introduction to Health Economic Evaluation. 

Professor Joanne Lord
Southampton Health Technology Assessments Centre (SHTAC) University of Southampton First Floor, Epsilon House Enterprise Road University of Southampton Science Park Southampton SO16 7NS

Room Number: 92 Chilwth Alpha/1029

Telephone:(023) 8059 3749

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