Professor Alison Avenell
Professor Alison Avenell

Professor Alison Avenell

Clinical Chair in Health Services Research


Health Services Research Unit
3rd Floor Health Sciences Building
AB25 2ZD


Alison Avenell joined the Unit in 1998, as a Clinical Research Fellow. She was subsequently funded by the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) of the Scottish Government Health Directorates as a Clinical Research Fellow to undertake research in the MRC funded RECORD trial, which examined the effect of calcium and/or vitamin D supplementation in the secondary prevention of osteoporotic fractures. She also led the MAVIS trial which examined the effectiveness of vitamin and mineral supplementation in preventing infections in older people, and helped lead the SIGNET trial of glutamine and selenium supplementation in critical illness. She was a CSO funded Career Scientist and currently has a clinical chair in health services research and is an Honorary Consultant in Clinical Biochemistry, undertaking systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials of treatments for adult obesity, and under-nutrition in clinical practice.


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  • Protein and energy supplementation in elderly people at risk from malnutrition

    Milne, A. C., Potter, J., Avenell, A.
    Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, no. Issue 3
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Searching the electronic literature - improving the quality of results

    Avenell, A., Wallace, S. A.
    CPD Clinical Biochemistry, vol. 4, pp. 74-77
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Lessons for search strategies from a systematic review, in The Cochrane Library, of nutritional supplementation trials in patients after hip fracture

    Avenell, A., Handoll, H. H., Grant, A. M.
    The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 73, no. 3, pp. 505-510
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Measurement of abdominal fat by magnetic resonance imaging, dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and anthropometry in non-obese men and women

    Kamel, E. G., McNeill, G., Han, T. S., Smith, F. W., Avenell, A., Davidson, L., Tothill, P.
    International Journal of Obesity, vol. 23, pp. 686-692
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Factors associated with onset of menopause in women aged 45-49

    Torgerson, D. J., Avenell, A., Russell, I. T., Reid, D. M.
    Maturitas, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 83-92
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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