Professor Alison Avenell

Clinical Chair in Health Services Research

Professor Alison Avenell

Contact Details

Telephone: +44 (0)1224 438164
Fax: +44 (0)1224 438165
Address: 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.

Current Research


  • FRCPEdinburgh, FRCPath
  • MD, University of London
  • MB BS, University of London
  • MSc Health Services and Public Health Research, University of Aberdeen
  • BSc Nutrition, University of London


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