Dr Barbara Torlinska

Dr Barbara Torlinska

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow

Contact details

Research Design Service
Institute of Applied Health Research
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (IOEM) Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Barbara Torlinska is a Research Fellow within the NIHR funded Research Design Service (RDS) West Midlands, Birmingham Hub.

As a general methodologist, Barbara supports healthcare professionals and researchers in the development of research funding proposals to national peer-reviewed funding programmes. She also conducts her own research within the Institute of Applied Health Research of the College of Medical and Dental Sciences.


  • PhD in Epidemiological Research, University of Birmingham
  • Magister (Master) in Linguistic and Information Sciences, Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan, Poland


Barbara has lived and worked  in Poland and in the US before commencing  her current employment  at UoB. She is married, with three children; she loves the outdoors, especially long walks with her family and their dog.


  • Medicine and Surgery MBChB: Year 3: Health Improvement Evidence Review
  • Public Health MPH/Diploma/Certificate: Practical Epidemiology and Statistics


Barbara’s primary research interest is focused on cardiometabolic effects of endocrine system dysfunction. In her studies, she is particularly keen on investigating the wealth of data found in cohort datasets or routinely collected electronic medical records. She's worked with various datasets from NHS Digital, The Health Improvement Network (THIN) database, Avon Longitudinal Study on Parents and Children (ALSPAC), Health Survey for England (HSE), and outpatient and inpatient hospital data. She is an ONS Approved Researcher.

Barbara continues to be involved in a number of research projects aiming to improve the management of patients with thyroid dysfunction. These include projects determining the prevalence of symptoms and signs in patients with subclinical and overt hyperthyroidism, outcomes following administration of radioactive iodine, and long-term cardiometabolic consequences of treated hyperthyroidism. Currently ongoing studies include the prediction of weight gain in patients with hyperthyroidism according to the treatment modality used and mortality and incidence of cardiovascular events in patients treated with levothyroxine for hypothyroidism.

Research groups and Centres

Research Design Service West Midlands 


Torlinska B, Bath SC, Janjua A, Boelaert K, Chan SY. 'Iodine Status during Pregnancy in a Region of Mild-to-Moderate Iodine Deficiency is not Associated with Adverse Obstetric Outcomes; Results from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children ' (ALSPAC)'. Nutrients. 2018 Mar 1;10 (3). pii: E291.

Torlinska B, Franklyn J , Coleman J,  Boelaert K. 'Increased all-cause mortality, rehospitalisation rate and cardiovascular morbidity in hospitalised hyperthyroid patients – a nested case-control study'. Thyroid Research 2017, 10 (Suppl 1): 3-4

Torlinska B, Johnson O, Boelaert K. 'Prognostic factors of unsuccessful medical treatment for hyperthyroidism; longitudinal analysis of outcomes in the cohort of 538 patients'. Endocrine Abstracts (2016), 44, p253

Czarnywojtek A, Komar-Rychlicka K, Zgorzalewicz-Stachowiak M, Sawicka-Gutaj N, Woliński K, Gut P, Płazinska M, Torlińska B, Florek E, Waligórska-Stachura J, Ruchała M. 'Efficacy and safety of radioiodine therapy for mild Graves ophthalmopathy depending on cigarette consumption: a 6‑month follow‑up'. Pol Arch Med Wewn. 2016 Aug 18; 126 (10):746-753.

Maćkowiak K, Torlińska-Walkowiak N, Torlińska B. 'Dietary fibre as an important constituent of the diet'. Postepy Hig Med Dosw. 2016 Feb 25; 70:104-9.

Edmunds MR, Mellington F, Ford RL, Torlinska B, Manavi K, Boelaert K. 'Clinical Challenges of Thyroid Eye Disease in HIV-Positive Patients on Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy'. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Mar;100 (3):779-87.

Torlinska B, Coleman J, Afzal M, Franklyn J & Boelaert K. 'Frequency of biochemical thyroid dysfunction in hospitalised patients: analysis of 280 000 admissions to a large centre'. Endocrine Abstracts (2014) 34 p429

Boelaert K, Maisonneuve P, Torlinska B, Franklyn JA. 'Mortality in hyperthyroidism - comparison of treatment with thionamides and radioiodine'. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2013 May; 98 (5):1869-82

Vanderpump MP, Lazarus JH, Smyth PP, Laurberg P, Holder RL, Boelaert K, Franklyn JA; 'British Thyroid Association UK Iodine Survey Group. Iodine status of UK schoolgirls: a cross-sectional survey'. Lancet. 2011 Jun 11; 377(9782):2007-12 (as a member of BTA UK Iodine Survey Group).

Boelaert K, Torlinska B, Holder RL, Franklyn JA. 'Older subjects with hyperthyroidism present with a paucity of symptoms and signs: a large cross-sectional study'. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2010 Jun; 95(6):2715-26

Book Chapter

Torlińska B. Information literacy. In: 'Kompetencje medialne społeczeństwa wiedzy'. Ed.: Wacław Strykowski, Wojciech Skrzydlewski. Poznań: Oficyna Edukacyjna Wydaw. eMPi2, 2004 pp. 368-379. ISBN 83-89287-28-5 

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