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Dphil supervision

I am happy to supervise students across a range of areas in lifestyle medicine, cardiovascular disease, sports and exercise medicine and research methodology. 

In particular, my interests are in developing and testing lifestyle interventions for prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related disease such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension. Presently I have available projects in relation to physical activity in primary care - details of which are available here.

I am also interested in supervising projects related to communication of medical and health research and evidence to practitioners, patients and members of the public as well as new emerging methods of evidence synthesis such as overviews of systematic reviews.

David Nunan


Departmental Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow

  • Lead Tutor Introduction to Evidence-based Medicine
  • Module Coordinator Practice of Evidence-based Health Care
  • Fellow of Kellogg College

I am a senior researcher and departmental lecturer, a Fellow of Kellogg College, and a senior tutor in the CEBM.

My role is divided between research, teaching and outreach activities.

As a researcher, my main focus is on the prevention and treatment of lifestyle related conditions, particularly the role of physical activity and exercise. I am currently leading a programme of work assessing the evidence-base and role of physical activity and exercise in primary care as well as methods to improve its uptake and use for patient care.

I also have a keen interest in the communication of medical and health research to health professionals, patients and members of the public. Work in this area includes development of a one-page evidence summary tool to support better-informed treatment decisions funded by the School or Primary Care Research.

I have experience in diagnostic studies, statistical analysis, qualitative research and clinical trials.  I am the lead and principle investigator on a number of Cochrane and non-Cochrane systematic reviews and newer evidence synthesis methods including overviews of reviews.

My main teaching role is lead tutor for the Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care module, a core module of the MSc in Evidence Based Health Care (EBHC). I am lead tutor for the Introduction to EBM, one-day workshop aimed at clinicians, health professionals and researchers on critical appraisal and the basics of evidence-based medicine. I also teach elements of EBM across the undergraduate and postgraduate medical curriculum at Oxford.

I am a supervisor on the MSc in EBHC, overseeing students completing their MSc thesis as well as advising students on the course at pre-dissertation level. Other supervision roles include educational supervisor for final year students, placement supervisor for students doing special study modules and I co-lead The Final Honour School of Medical Sciences placements in our Department.

Outreach work includes supporting GCSE and A-level teachers introduce the topic of evidence-based medicine into their lessons as part of the EinSTein project. In 2015 I was runner up of I’m a Scientist Get me out of here, a free online event where school students meet and interact with scientists.

I also blog for the CEBM and occasionally for the BJSM.


I have received funding to conduct research from the NHS National Institute for Health Research. I have also had funding from the RCGP to conduct independent research. I am also a voluntary (unpaid) member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Physical Activity and Lifestyle clinical priority steering committee. I have no other COI to declare. 


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