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Leadership Programme Cohort 8

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NIHR Clinal Lecturer in General Practice

I have been pursuing a career in academic general practice since enrolling in the Academic GP VTS scheme in 2001. My interest in research strengthened with my first project for the Masters’ degree, investigating the use of CAM and conventional medicine by patients with musculoskeletal pain in 2004.

In 2007, I was awarded an Arthritis Research UK primary care fellowship to investigate the influence of non-specific factors on the course of non-specific low back pain in clinical trials. After successfully finishing my PhD project, my goal has been to develop and lead research projects and in particular in clinical trials. I have been actively seeking involvement in trials in the centre as well as collaborative projects. I am in the process of developing research ideas in the areas of low back pain, shoulder pain and chronic widespread pain/fibromyalgia.

Parallel to my academic career, I am currently a principal general practitioner in a large inner city teaching practice. I also enjoy my role as a ‘teacher’, leading on a module in the Masters in Medical Sciences course, ‘The primary secondary care interface’ module and in the process of also leading on another module, ‘Evidence based practice’.

My ultimate goal is to be a lead primary care researcher with expertise in clinical trials and to hold a position that would enable me to direct and lead research teams.


Leadership Programme Cohort 8

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Post Doc researcher EpiChron Research Group on Chronic Diseases 

Amaia Calderón-Larrañaga, MPH, PhD. Member of the EpiChron Research Group on Chronic Diseases from the Aragon Health Sciences Institute (IACS) since 2008 and the Spanish Chronic Disease Health Services Research Network (REDISSEC) since 2012. Associate Professor at the Department of Microbiology, Preventive Medicine and Public Health of the University of Zaragoza.

She has participated in several collaborative projects with the Department of Primary Care and Public Health of Imperial College London, the ACG Team of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Department of General Practice of Maastricht University. Currently, she is involved as an epidemiologist in a national research project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness focused on increasing understanding of the complex healthcare needs of the primary care population.

During her professional trajectory within the EpiChron group, Amaia has become knowledgeable on core competencies of primary care research (person-centred care, comprehensive and holistic approach), assessment of health status (multimorbidity, patient complexity, social determinants), health services research methodology (ethics, data quality assessment, study design, innovative analysis strategies), and multidisciplinary research (team work, leadership, chairing capacity).

The ultimate purpose of her research activity is to translate epidemiological knowledge into improved healthcare delivery for primary care patients with multiple chronic conditions by developing future intervention programs aimed at reducing the adverse health consequences associated with multimorbidity and polypharmacy. This will be one of the critical public health challenges of the 21st century.


Leadership Programme Cohort 8

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Biostatistician in Primary Care

Patty Chondros is the lead biostatistician at the General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre, The University of Melbourne. She has worked at the Academic Centre for over 10 years and in this role she has gained a strong understanding of primary care research and has developed expertise in the design, conduct and analysis of randomised controlled trials and longitudinal studies in the primary care setting.

Patty has extensive experience in the management and analysis of large datasets with complex data structures through her work on a large vaccine clinical trial with over 800 babies and the diamond longitudinal study of 789 general practice patients with depressive symptoms to be followed up for 10 years. She has led the statistical analysis on eight randomised controlled trials in primary care including advice regarding sample size, randomisation, analyses and reporting.

She has over 40 publications in national and international refereed journals, including high ranking journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, British Medical Journal, Circulation and the Lancet.

In her role as the biostatistician in primary care, she also provides supervision and mentorship to primary care researchers and research higher degree students in research design and quantitative methods.

Patty was awarded her PhD in 2012. Her doctoral research led to the development of a set of practical recommendations to assist researchers and applied statisticians in deciding when to use the matched-pair design in cluster randomised trials in primary care and how to best analyse data from matched-pair studies.


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Lecturer in Medical Statistics

Céire is a NIHR postdoctoral research fellow based at the School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol. She has a background in Physiology and Neuroimmunology having gained a BA(hons) in Physiology and a PhD from Trinity College Dublin. Recently Céire has completed a MSc in Medical Statistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Céire‘s principal areas of research are in infectious diseases and the use of statistical methods. Since joining the University of Bristol in 2007 she has been working on a programme of research involving Primary Care Antibiotic use and the development of Antimicrobial Resistant infections in the community (PCAAR).

In addition to conducting primary care research Céire is a statistician with the Bristol Randomised Trials Collaboration (BRTC), a UKCRC registered trials unit based at Bristol. She has a particular interest in investigating the diagnostic potential of metabolomics.


Leadership Programme Cohort 8

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NIHR Non-Clinical Fellow

My PhD, which I completed in 2008, was in analytic philosophy (the Philosophy of Evidence-Based Medicine). Since then I have been investigating ways to make philosophy practical at the Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM), where I have trained as a clinical epidemiologist. My work focuses on three areas: EBM, placebos, and point of care tests.

EBM. My work in this area cumulated in a book ('The Philosophy of Evidence-Based Medicine') and a tool for gauging Levels of Evidence. Both are used by researchers and guideline developers in the UK and internationally.

Placebo Research. My research on placebos focuses on methods to investigate ways to rationalize placebo use. He uses a multidisciplinary approach to find better ways to maximize benefits and minimize harms of placebos.

Point of Care Testing. My work on point of care tests (POCTs) are available is important because currently we do not know which tests general practitioners might find beneficial. I am conducting a rapid appraisal of needs for these tests that will be published in 2013.

Teaching. I enjoy teaching and lecturing and have won several teaching awards. I lead a module on the History and Philosophy of Evidence-Based Healthcare, and am the Dissertation Coordinator for the MSc. I also supervise a number of undergraduate, MSc, and doctoral. Eight of my students have published their work in peer-reviewed journals in 2013.

The future. I aim to redesign the Oxford CEBM Levels of Evidence so it is (a) evidence-based, (b) epistemologically justified, and (c) user-friendly. In addition, I am planning the 2nd edition of my book as well as a popular science book about placebos. Through my module (and other means) I will continue to make philosophy of science more relevant to actual science. On a practical level, I aim to be sought after by multiple institutions, and to be employed as a consultant 20 days per year.

Leadership Programme Cohort 8

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Senior Lecturer 

Dr. Margaret Kay is a part-time general practitioner who graduated from UQ with Honours in Medicine in 1983. She has her FRACGP. She has been a primary health care researcher since 2003 being awarded a PHC-RED Fellowship to assist in the transition from clinical to academic work. She has recently completed her PhD in Physician Health focusing on the health access of physicians. She has published seven papers in peer-reviewed journals related to her thesis. The theoretical perspective underpinning this PhD was Complexity Theory.

Dr. Kay is convening the Health Professionals’ Health Conference in Brisbane in October this year and is the Hon Secretary for the Doctors’ Health Advisory Service, Queensland. Her current research focuses on health access for medical students with the intention enhancing their health access throughout their professional careers.

Dr. Kay is also involved in refugee health research. She has previously published a theoretical model on delivery of primary health care to refugees and her research provides a deeper understanding of the health needs of refuges and how to deliver accessible, comprehensive coordinated primary health care to refugees in a ‘developed’ country, like Australia. Dr. Kay has developed a collaborative approach with researchers (locally and nationally), with service providers, as well as with refugee communities, who assist in developing the research process and provide ethical guidance.

Dr. Kay is currently completing a nationally funded research project to inform the development and implementation of an Australian model for delivering health care to this vulnerable population in Australia.


Leadership Programme Cohort 8

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Professor of Department Social Medicine

General practioner, master degree in Health Community (2003) and Doctor Degree in Sciences Medicine in 2010 of Ribeirão Preto of Medical School – USP

University teacher since 2006 and a permanent position at 2014 of Department of Social Medicine of School Medicine of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo

Member of commission of Residence Program in Family Medicine since 2006 and Coordinator of Residence Program in 2008 and 2013-2015.

President of the V Congress of Family Medicine and Community in São Paulo state (2014).

I have being researching prevention disease and health promotion in Primary Care, especially in Family Medicine Units from small rural communities since 2006. In addiction I have make research and teaching in prisons, since 2009, where my students have the opportunity to have their practical classes.

Areas of interest

Health prisons
Primary Care in small rural communities
Prevention disease and health promotion


Leadership Programme Cohort 8

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Adjunct Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology Chief of Public Health 

Summary of my career:
- Medical Doctor, MD degree (2003)
- Residency in Family Medicine (2005)
- Board certification obtained in Family Medicine (2006)
- Internship, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland (2005)
- Master in Epidemiology, MPH degree (2008)
- Doctorate in Epidemiology, PhD degree (2011)

Current post:
- Adjunct Professor of Public Health & Epidemiology
- Medical Manager at Moinhos de Vento Hospital

Research specialty:
- Population based studies
- Public Health Services Evaluation
- Primary Health Care


Leadership Programme Cohort 8

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Associate Professor

My PhD project started in January 2006 and was completed in May 2008. From May 2008 I was appointed as Kootstra Research Fellow for a year followed by an appointment as a PostDoc researcher. In May 2012 I was appointed Assistant Professor (Maastricht University, Dept. of General Practice). My PhD and later my PostDoc project focused on fracture prediction in primary care in the Netherlands. The aim was to determine the prognostic determinants of fractures in postmenopausal women in a population-based cohort of 4203 women between 50 and 80 years, who were prospectively followed in 12 general practices over a period of 10 years. The 20-year follow-up study is now being designed.
I have started the preparation of an international collaboration (Australia, Denmark, Norway, UK, Canada and USA). This collaborative project will focus on subsequent fractures, mortality, medication use and co-morbidities.
I am also working on the fracture outcome project of the Maastricht Study. This multidisciplinary research project among participants with and without diabetes mellitus type 2 who will be followed for 10 years focuses on prevention and treatment of DM2, cardiovascular diseases, fracture risk, pulmonary diseases, depression (top 5), taking into account their interrelation.
I am one of the Evidence Based Medicine teachers of the Vocational Training of General Practitioners, a planning group member and instructor of a course in the Health Science curriculum (Healthy Ageing), and an instructor in several courses of the bachelor Medicine curriculum.