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supervision AND TEACHING

I am actively engaged in supervision at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

I am currently supervising Tonny Muthee who is looking to improve the uptake and use of cardiovascular risk assessments in Kenyan primary care settings.

I am a supervisor on the MSc in Evidence-Based Healthcare programme. I have overseen a number of students to completion of their MSc thesis and assisted in subsequent peer-review publication.

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 take a prominent role in supporting undergraduate medical students within the Department, acting as co-ordinator for Final Honour School projects and placement supervisor for students doing EBM special study modules in the Department.

David Nunan

BSc MSc PhD


Departmental Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow

  • Senior Research Fellow
  • Lead, Teaching Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Lead, Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care
  • Fellow of Kellogg College

My career in academic research started over 15 years, with a focus on clinical care and evidence-based medicine over the past 8 years. Upon completion of my PhD, I joined the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine and my role is now divided between research, teaching and outreach activities.

Research

I am a principal investigator with interests that focus broadly on:

  • 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.
  • Improving the understanding and use of research evidence by health professionals, patients and members of the public. Work in this area includes the development of a one-page evidence summary tool to support better-informed treatment decisions funded by the School or Primary Care Research.
  • Meta-epidemiology (research on research)

I utilise and have experience in a breadth of methodologies to support my research outputs including diagnostic studies, statistical analysis, qualitative research and clinical trials.  I am the lead and principal investigator on a number of Cochrane and non-Cochrane systematic reviews and newer evidence synthesis methods including overviews of reviews.

I work collaboratively with other researchers at a local, national and international level.

I am co-lead of the Catalogue of Bias team.

A list of my publications can be found here.

Teaching and training

I am the lead tutor for the internationally renowned Teaching Evidence-Based Medicine course.

I am also the lead tutor for the Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care and Teaching Evidence-Based Practice modules of the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care. 

I am also a tutor for EBM teaching in the Graduate Entry Medical School.

Other activities

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 BJGP and BJSM.

Declarations

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.