Janine Bestall
Telephone: 0113 343 5114
RDS Leeds Manager & Senior Research Fellow
Janine joined the Institute of Health Sciences in 2012. Her background is in psychology, applied health research and public health commissioning. Her expertise is in the experiences of people living with long term conditions and using self-care resources and strategies to manage their condition. She has expertise of involving and engaging patients in service improvement. Her research expertise includes systematic review methods and mixed methods research. Current projects focus on using qualitative methods to provide insight into the perspectives and experiences of patients taking part in clinical trials.
Sarah Brown
0113 343 1475
Principal Statistician
Sarah Brown joined Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research in 2010 as a Principal Statistician. Sarah’s research interests are on the design and analysis of interventions for the management of chronic wounds and musculoskeletal conditions. She also has teaching responsibilities on the Introduction to Clinical Trials module which includes statistical aspects of the design, conduct, analysis, and reporting of clinical trials.

Julia Brown
0113 343 1499
Director of Clinical Trials
Julia Brown is Professor of Clinical Trials Research and Director of the Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research which incorporates the Clinical Trials Research Unit. The CTRU is NCRI accredited and a UKCRC Registered CTU with a national and international reputation for conducting well designed and executed complex multi-centre clinical trials. A graduate in medical statistics, Professor Brown spent a number of years in the NHS and Industry before joining the CTRU in 1991. Her main research interests are in the design and analysis of complex trials and the development and incorporation and analysis of patient reported outcomes in clinical trials. She is a NIHR Senior Investigator.
Maria Bryant
0113 343 7632
Triage, outcomes & design (esp. Complex interventions)
Maria Bryant is a diet and obesity researcher with expertise in the evaluation of obesity interventions. She joined the Leeds Clinical Trials Unit in 2006 after doing a post-doctoral fellowship in America and now leads the Diet and Obesity Portfolio within the CTRU. While Maria works on a number of obesity related studies (eg: trials, intervention development), her interests lie primarily within trial methodology; specifically in the development and evaluation of health outcomes and other measures. Maria also runs a Clinical Trials Research Module as part of her role within the CTRU which includes modules of trial design and grant applications.
Kate Hill
Patient and Public Involvement Officer
Kate was a researcher in the NHS for eight years before joining the University of Leeds in 2002. She has a first degree in biomedical science (microbiology) from UCL, London; and MSc (Health Science and Clinical Evaluation) from the University of York and a PhD (University of Leeds). Kate has experience of quantitative and qualitative research methods, clinical trials and research in primary and secondary care settings. Her personal interest is mesothelioma, an asbestos related cancer, and she is a trustee of the June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund. Kate is also chair of the board of trustees for the Robin Lane Health and Wellbeing Charity in Pudsey and a Parish Councillor. As an active patient and public advocate, she has a strong commitment to incorporating service users’ perspectives in research. Her role in the RDS is to advise on patient and public involvement and also to provide general research advice.
Roberta Longo
0113 343 0324
Health Economist
Dr. Roberta Longo is a Lecturer in Health Economics at the Academic Unit of Health Economics, University of Leeds. She holds an MSc in Health Economics from the University of York and a PhD in Economics from the University ‘La Sapienza’ of Rome, Italy. Her research interests include evaluation of new diagnostic technologies such as biomarkers. She is conducting cost-effectiveness analyses on landmark trials in heart failure, falls prevention and diabetic foot ulcers. She is Deputy Leader of the MSc in Health Economics and leader of the dissertation module for the same programme.
Delia Muir
0113 343 8609
Public Involvement Officer
Delia is a Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Officer at the Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research (LICTR). Much of her work focuses on LICTR’s pressure ulcer research portfolio. This includes leading public involvement for the NIHR Pressure Ulcer Programme of Research (PURPOSE); establishing and facilitating a service user network; and developing public involvement methods. Delia has a background in the arts and is interested creative approaches to public involvement. In 2015 she was awarded a Wellcome trust Engagement Fellowship to further develop this interest.
Jane Nixon
0113 343 1488
Academic Lead
Professor Jane Nixon is Deputy Director of Leeds Clinical Trials Research Unit and is an NIHR Senior Investigator. In 2017 Jane was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to clinical research. As Deputy Director of the Clinical Trials Research Unit and the Skin Portfolio lead, Jane has been part of a successful team, developing a research portfolios as a clinical trialist working with clinicians and allied healthcare professionals in areas including cardiovascular disease, stroke, mental health and skin research. In addition, Jane leads an internationally renowned programme of research in pressure ulcer prevention and has delivered two large mattress trials (with a third in progress) as well as applied health research in areas including pressure ulcer pain, severe pressure ulcers, risk factors, risk assessment, and quality of life, with a strong practice focus.
Judy Wright
0113 343 0876
Senior Information Specialist
Judy is an experienced information specialist in the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences with a degree in Geography and MSc in Information Management. Judy has worked as a librarian or information specialist supporting health science or physical science researchers for 20 years. She has expertise in literature searching for proposal-writing, systematic reviews, economic evaluations, economic modelling, realist syntheses and other forms of evidence synthesis. Within the Research Design Service, Judy provides advice on evidence synthesis and provides literature searches to help identify gaps in research, potential overlap with existing research and research priorities.
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