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Allison Hirst

Senior Project Manager, QResearch

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I joined QResearch as Senior Project Manager in July 2021. I support Julia-Hippisley-Cox and team to manage the activities of QResearch. This includes project management, finance and HR.

Immediately prior to joining QResearch I was Project Manager and Researcher for 8 years at the IDEAL Collaboration working with surgeons and methodologists to improve the quality of research in surgical and device innovation.

I have over 25 years experience in a variety of health researcher/project management roles. These include:

  • Senior Research Fellow, the EQUATOR Network
  • Senior Project Manager of the Kadoorie Biobank Study, a blood-based prospective cohort study of 500,000 adults in China, a collaboration between the University of Oxford and the Chinese National Centre for Disease Control.
  • Project Manager/Researcher of the HOPEFUL Study: a multi-centre retrospective cohort study comparing the efficacy, safety and cost-effectiveness of hysterectomy and uterine artery embolisation (UAE) for the treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids. (HTA Ref: 03/60/01)
  • Research & Development Fellow, NICE. I developed the national clinical guideline on Osteoporosis.
  • Macmillan Research Fellow, Cochrane. I carried out a Cochrane systematic review “Benzodiazepines for insomnia in palliative care”.
  • Research Assistant, Nuffield Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Oxford. I coordinated a large-scale primary research project looking at the influence of the media, specifically the TV hospital drama ‘Casualty’ on attendance rates at A&E Departments across the UK.
  • Research Assistant, Department of Medicine, Pacific Medical Center, Seattle, USA. I carried out a project examining the bone density of female athletes.

I gained my first degree in Human Sciences, Wadham College, University of Oxford and then an MSc in Exercise and Health Sciences from the University of Bristol. I have a Diploma in Teaching in Higher Education and am a registered Level 3 UK Athletics Coach.

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