Dr Diwakar is funded by the Wellcome Trust for a PhD in Health Economics. Her project is aimed at carrying out an economic evaluation of paediatric allergy services in the West Midlands. She is looking at ways to incorporate end user preferences into planning allergy services for the West Midlands and will estimate the costs and effectiveness of various possible pathways for delivery of these services.
She is also a clinical immunologist employed as a honorary consultant at the University Hospital, Birmingham.
Lavanya underwent speciality training in Adult Immunology in the West Midlands region. In 2009, she completed the MSc course in health economics and health policy at the University of Birmingham in 2010. Subsequently, she obtained a Wellcome Trust research fellowship and started her PhD in July 2013.
Lavanya’s PhD project aims to model various pathways that can be used for the delivery of Paediatric allergy services in the West Midlands and to work out the costs and effectiveness of these pathways specifically for our region. During the course of the PhD,she will learn to carry out systematic literature reviews, analyse data from the THIN and HES databases, carry out a qualitative study, a discrete choice experiment and improve her understanding of modelling.
Her research interests include Health economics, Immunology, allergy, pathways of service delivery and funding of rare diseases.