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Leeds – Research Design Service Yorkshire and Humber


Leeds advisers

Kate Absolom
0113 206 8952
University Academic Fellow
Kate is a University Academic Fellow at the University of Leeds where she works across the Division of Health Services Research (Leeds Institute of Health Sciences) and the Patient Centred Outcomes Research group (Leeds Institute of Medical Research at St James’s). Kate is a part-time General Adviser for the YH RDS. Her research has focussed on the collection and clinical utilisation of patient reported data and also understanding the quality of life and psychosocial impact of cancer. Kate chairs the British Psychosocial Oncology Society, co-chairs the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) Quality of Life in Clinical Practice Special Interest Group and is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society.
Janine Bestall
0113 343 5114
RDS Leeds Manager & Senior Research Fellow
Janine is the RDS YH site lead in Leeds and a Senior Research Fellow in applied health research at the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds. She completed her PhD in London assessing the effect of pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with COPD using a range of outcome measures focussed on quality of life and wellbeing. She worked for the Cochrane Collaboration in the Cochrane Airways Group undertaking systematic reviews of therapies to treat asthma. She led projects in primary care and palliative care. Janine was a commissioner in Public Health and lead for the self-care programme. This was part of the integrated care transformation programme for patients with long term conditions in Kirklees. She currently leads a series of qualitative projects embedded in mixed methods studies. The focus is on the experience of patients receiving interventions as part of clinical trials, mainly for those with cancer or long term conditions. The patient experience research is used to gain insight of how to deliver improvements in the quality of health care or the research process. She is a generic adviser for the RDS for all aspects of proposal development and an expert adviser on qualitative methods.
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
Senior Research Fellow
Maria is a general methodologist for the RDS. She has a background in nutrition and lead a portfolio of work within the Leeds CTRU for Diet, Obesity and Lifestyle (including trials and related methodological work). Maria is also the diet lead for Born in Bradford, where she also leads the implementation evaluation for Better Start Bradford. She has expertise in trials, outcomes and systematic reviews.
Kate Hill
Senior Research Fellow
Kate is a Senior Research Fellow in Applied Health at the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds. She is a part-time General Adviser for the YH RDS. Kate's research interests include chronic respiratory disease; lung cancer and mesothelioma; stroke; continuity of care and patient and public engagement with research. She has experience of both quantitative and qualitative methods. Kate is a member of the European Lung Foundation Council and a trustee of the June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund, acting as the Fund's Research Manager pro bono. She also has an interest in community matters and is Chair of Trustees at the Pudsey Wellbeing Centre and Chair of Harewood Parish Council.
Roberta Longo
0113 343 0324
Health Economist
Roberta 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. Within the Research Design Service, Roberta provides advice on health economics aspects of research. 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.
David Meads
0113 343 0860
Health Economist
David is Deputy Director of the Academic Unit of Health Economics and module lead for Health Technology Appraisal on the AUHE MSc in Health Economics. He conducts cost-effectiveness analyses within clinical trials and decision-modelling for health technology appraisals. He also conducts patient preference and health valuation analyses. David is lead health economist on over ten projects with a focus on haematology and surgery.
Delia Muir
0113 343 8609
Public Involvement Officer
Delia leads on public involvement for the Leeds spoke of RDSYH. She is based in Leeds Institute for Clinical Trials Research. Delia is a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow and is particularly interested in creative approaches to involvement and engagement. She has been recognised for her innovative involvement work, this includes contributing to national INVOLVE guidance and publishing a book chapter on public involvement in qualitative studies. She is deputy chair of the national RDS Public Involvement Community and an active member of the UK Participatory Research Network.
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.
Holly Schofield
Public Involvement Advisor (RDS) / Senior Portfolio Coordinator (LICTR)
Holly is based in Leeds Institute for Clinical Trials Research (LICTR), and has worked supporting research in the Diet and Obesity and Early Phase Cancer portfolios for a number of years, including organising public engagement activities (such as the public event for the UKCO 2019 conference), and PPI for the HENRY Feasibility study. She was a representative for the LICTR in the School of Medicine Equality and Inclusion Committee from 2017-2020. She is deputy chair of the LICTR PPIE Working Group, and will be acting as Chair from February 2021. She has recently taken on additional PPI duties, including advice work for the RDS, and hopes to develop her career further in this area.
Judy Wright
0113 343 0876
Senior Information Specialist
Judy provides researchers with current evidence checks on their topic to identify evidence gaps, duplicate research and research recommendations. Judy also advises on search methods for proposed systematic reviews, evidence syntheses and economic evaluations. Judy peer-reviews research proposals for NIHR HS&DR, PHR, RfPB and is an associate editor of BMC Systematic Reviews. As a Senior Information Specialist and RDS adviser for over 10 years Judy has developed expertise in planning and conducting searches for a range of systematic reviews (scoping effectiveness, diagnostic, cost-effectiveness, qualitative, mixed-methods and realist) and economic models.
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