Dr Bassel Wattar

Research Portfolio

My success is built on collaboration, education, and mentorship. Let’s explore how we can work together.

My First Steps in Women's Health Research

My passion for women’s health research started early on as a house officer in 2011 where I was involved in evaluating novel technology to detect ovulation by recording changes in the female core body temperature. The thrill of experiencing and testing novel technological solutions to better women’s health was addictive and took me on a long path in pursuit of the truth. 

Evaluating the metabolic risk factors

I was fortunate to get a chance at completing a PhD in Biomedical sciences in 2014 at Queen Mary University of London working with Professor Thangaratinam and Professor Khan. My research was focused on evaluating the metabolic risk factors on pregnant women, how diet can affect our chances of having a healthy pregnancy, and how we can best evaluate novel intervention in women’s health. 

The ESTEEM Trial

I ran a multi-centre randomised trial across five NHS hospitals (the ESTEEM trial) which demonstrated that a Mediterranean diet can significantly reduce the risk of gestational diabetes in pregnancy.

Mastering Research Skills in 30 Months

I was one of the few who were able to conclude a PhD and submit my thesis in 30 months having developed advanced skills in health technology assessment, systematic reviews, meta-analyses (IPD, networks, effectiveness, and diagnostic accuracy), and randomised trials.

NIHR Academic

Since then, I was fortunate to work as an NIHR academic clinical lecturer at the University of Warwick and later as an NIHR Clinical Research Associate within the Comprehensive Clinical Trials Unit at University College London. 

EVIE research group

On 2023 I co-founded and currently co-lead the EVIE research group (The Evidence Synthesis and Methodology Group for Women’s Health Research) which dedicated to evaluating novel technology aimed at improving women’s health from menarche to menopause and beyond

EVIE group unites UCL researchers

The EVIE group unites UCL researchers across disciplines to create high-quality evidence on women’s health. We excel in systematic reviews, advanced analyses, and developing practical tools to guide clinical practice. Our focus includes patient involvement and tackling key issues like PCOS, menstrual health, and fertility.