Edinburgh Research Explorer


Nov 2015-               Mixed Methods Research Fellow, Telescot, Usher Institute

                                Scale-up BP - Implementing evidence-based hypertension research at scale


Feb 2011-                Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh, Centre for

March 2015             Population Health Sciences


For the last four years I have worked as a Research Fellow on a number of allergy and cancer related research projects listed below, in addition to completing my part-time PhD:

  • Investigating the effectiveness of the Mediterranean Diet in pregnant women for the primary prevention of allergy and asthma in high risk infants: pilot randomised controlled trial

  • Developing and testing a screening tool to accurately predict non-atopic status in patients with suspected allergy


  • Systematic literature review and evaluation of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) for asthma and related allergic diseases


    • Public perceptions of Cancer Screening, (rapid review and questionnaire)


    • Abdominal Symptoms and Cancer (data collection of symptoms from incident cases of abdominal cancers from general practice)


  • International Cancer Benchmarking Project Module 4 (ICBP4)


  • Building the evidence base for the early symptomatic diagnosis of cancer (ABC-DEEP consortium) – rapid review


    Nov 2006-                Chief Scientist Office (CSO) Research Training Fellowship

    Sept 2010                 University of Edinburgh, Centre for Population Health Sciences


    I was awarded a three year CSO research training fellowship and registered for part-time PhD study at Edinburgh University.

    Study Title:

    Cluster randomised controlled trial (RCT) of an educational intervention for healthcare professionals into the management of school−age children with seasonal allergic rhinitis.

    This trial aimed to evaluate whether training health care professionals using a short, intensive workshop on the evidence-based management of seasonal allergic rhinitis could improve management of hay fever symptoms in adolescents. This was a multi-centre RCT across Scotland and England over a two year period. With the support of a Trial Steering Group I project managed the trial, obtained ethical and governance approvals, conducted all the general practice and patient recruitment, intervention delivery, data collection and analysis and report and paper writing.



    2004 – Oct 2006       Post Title: Research Fellow

    University of Edinburgh, General Practice Section, Division of Community Health Sciences


    Halo study – This study aimed to investigate the effect(s) on symptomatic practice of the introduction of a screening programme for colorectal cancer. Patterns of Duke’s staging in the 4 years prior to the screening pilot, and during the pilot were examined using data from the West Midlands Cancer Intelligence Unit.  Comparisons in staging were made between for cancers in and outside of the pilot area.  Interviews with people in and outside the pilot area were done to examine the patient perspective of the potential Halo effect.

    Scottish Bell’s Palsy Study – Researcher for Edinburgh and Lothians.  This was a multi-centre factorial randomised controlled trial of the early administration of steroids and/or antivirals for Bell’s palsy.  Patients were referred via their GP to the local ENT centre where they were randomised into the trial and the drugs were administered, the role of the researcher was to visit the patient following recruitment for data collection including questionnaire completion and digital photographs. Patients were seen at baseline, 3 months and 9 months.



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