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Research for Patient Benefit - Yorkshire and North East Regional Advisory Committee



NIHR Research for Patient Benefit is a national funding programme that funds research on a regional level through eight Regional Advisory Committees. Each region has a local committee chair and members, and patient or public members.

Regional chair

Professor Justin Durham is Chair of the Yorkshire and North East Regional Advisory Committee for NIHR Research for Patient Benefit.

Committee members

Name  Position  Organisation  Expertise 
Ms Alison Allam Public Member   Member of the quality advisory committee at NICE and a current panel member for the Health Services and Delivery Research (NIHR), PPI member of the uncommon cancers working group at the Royal Marsden and involved with other PPI activities at the University of Manchester
Professor Vera Araujo Soares Professor of Health Psychology and Public Health Newcastle University Health services, qualitative, behavioural, mental health, musculoskeletal, oral and gastrointestinal, reproductive health, childbirth, midwifery, skin, stroke, generic health.
Professor John Baker Chair of Mental Health Nursing University of Leeds Mental Health & Nursing, Mixed Methods
Dr Katie Brittain Associate Professor Northumbria University Social gerontology, dementia research and methodologically in qualitative research design which includes interviews, focus groups, participant observation and evaluation
Dr Sarah Brown Principal Statistician University of Leeds  Design and analysis of early phase clinical trials, including phase I, phase II, proof of concept and feasibility studies
Professor Ann-Louise Caress Professor of Health Services Research and Director, Centre for Applied Research in Health (CARH) University of Huddersfield  Living with long term conditions (especially respiratory and renal), patient/carer experience, patient education, health information, patient and public involvement
Mrs Michelle Collinson Principal Statistician University of Leeds Design and analysis of early phase clinical trials, including phase I, phase II, proof of concept and feasibility studies
Dr Jon Dickson Senior Clinical Lecturer and GP University of Sheffield General practice, neurology, health-services research
Dr Judith Dyson Vivisional Lead, Division of Nursing City University of London Implementation Science, Health Psychology, Behaviour Change
Ms Joyce Fox Public Member    
Dr Chao Huang Senior Lecturer in Statistics University of Hull Medical statistics, complex trial design, statistical methodology
Dr Rachael Kelley Research Fellow Leeds Beckett University nursing, mental health, neurological, dementia
Dr Monique Lhussier Associate Professor in Public Health Research Northumbria University Quality of life and care planning for long term conditions, palliative care, disengaged groups, qualitative approaches, realist synthesis and realist evaluation
Professor Jonathan Ling Professor of Public Health University of Sunderland Qualitative research, systematic reviews, public health, nursing
Professor Zoe Marshman Senior Lecturer (Honorary Consultant) University of Sheffield Qualitative research (including participatory methods) and patient and public involvement, particularly with children and young people
Dr Laura Sheard Senior Research Fellow University of York Patient safety/ experience, Qualitative research Trial Manager Evaluation
Ms Suzanne Shepherd Public Member    
Dr Samuel Smith Associate Professor University of Leeds Behaviour change particularly in relation to cancer prevention, medication adherence, weight loss, early diagnosis, and screening participation; pilot and feasibility trials; systematic reviews; qualitative research; intervention development; process evaluations; and measure development
Dr Adam Todd Reader in Pharmaceutical  Public Health  Newcastle University Clinical therapeutics, oncology, palliative care, pharmacy, qualitative research, systematic reviewing, public health
Dr Maureen Twiddy Senior Lecturer in Mixed Methods Research University of Hull Mixed methods research designs; qualitative research; design and analysis of process evaluations; qualitative research exploring trial recruitment (clinical equipoise and patients’ treatment preferences)
Mr Simon Walker Research Fellow Centre for Health Economics, University of York Health economist, expertise in decision analytic modelling, econometrics, evaluation of diagnostics and use of electronic health records for economic evaluation