Dr Kirsty McCormack

Research Fellow

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Dr Kirsty McCormack

Contact Details

Telephone: +44 (0)1224 438175
Fax: +44 (0)1224 438165
Email: k.mccormack@abdn.ac.uk
Address: Centre for Healthcare Randomised Trials (CHaRT) Health Services Research Unit University of Aberdeen 3rd Floor, Health Sciences Building Foresterhill ABERDEEN AB25 2ZD


Kirsty McCormack joined the unit in 1997. She graduated in Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh in 1994 and since joining the Unit, she has gained an MSc Health Services and Public Health Research and a PhD in Health Services Research. She has worked on a number of projects within the Health Care Assessment Programme and has developed expertise in the design and conduct of randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews of effectiveness.

Kirsty is currently the Research Manager for the Centre for Healthcare Randomised Trials (CHaRT), a fully registered UK Clinical Research Collaboration Clinical Trials Unit with an internationally recognised expertise in the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of multicentre trials.  

Kirsty is also a Lecturer in Health Services Research appointed to co-ordinate and contribute to the creation and delivery of a new online course - Randomised Controlled Trials - for the University of Aberdeen’s Masters in Public Health programme. 

Current Research

Research Grants

  • Adjustable Anchored Single-Incision Mini-Slings Versus Standard Tension-Free Mid-Urethral Slings in the Surgical Management Of Female Stress Urinary Incontinence; A Pragmatic Multicentre Non–Inferiority Randomised Controlled Trial: The SIMS Trial. Awarded by the NIHR HTA Programme(12/127/157). Start date: December 2013. Value £1,456,252

  • A multicentre randomised controlled trial comparing laparoscopic supra-cervical hysterectomy with second generation endometrial ablation for the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding (HEALTH). Awarded by the NIHR HTA Programme(12/35/23). Start date: January 2014. Value £1,307,643.

  • Improving intrapartum outcomes for mothers and babies in Scotland: a stepped-wedge RCT of an intrapartum emergencies training package in 12 Scottish Maternity Units (THISTLE). Awarded by the CSO (CZG/2/498). Start date: August 2013. Value £200,045.

  • Male synthetic sling versus Artificial urinary Sphincter Trial for men with urodynamic stress incontinence after prostate surgery: Evaluation by Randomised controlled trial (MASTER). Awarded by the NIHR HTA Programme (11/106/01). Start date: July 2013. Value £1,625,275.

  • Single port laparoscopic surgery compared with standard 3 port laparoscopic surgery for appendicectomy. A pilot study for a randomised controlled trial: SCARLESS (Single Centre Appendicectomy RCT: Laparoscopic vs Endoscopic Single-port Surgery). Awarded by the CSO (CZG/2/498). Start date: January 2011. Value £50,000.

  • Comparative study of new imaging technologies for the diagnosis of glaucoma. Awarded by the NIHR HTA (09/22/111). Start date: December 2010. Value £368,853.

  • The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of laparoscopic compared to open surgery for inguinal hernia repair. Commissioned by the National Institute of Clinical Effectiveness, July 2000. Value £8,000.


Teaching Responsibilities

Course Co-ordinator

Kirsty is currently Course Co-ordinator for the creation and delivery of a new online course - Randomised Controlled Trials - for the University of Aberdeen’s Masters in Public Health programme.  

Teaching Responsibilities


  • PU5527 Fundamentals of Research Design module: What is Research; Formulating a Research Question; and Developing a Protocol.
  • ME4805 Student Selected Component III, Population based disease.
  • Intercalated BSc (Hons) degree in Medical Science: Writing a Protocol.


  • PU5003 Health Services Research: Protocol Development and Critical Appraisal of a Protocol, 2000-2015 (Discontinued).
  • PU5003 Health Services Research (Discontinued): course coordinator, 2000-01

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Lead Supervisor:

Ayotunde Omoz - A Retrospective Review of the Socio-demographic Factors Associated with Screening Failures in Botswana HIV Trials. Masters in Public Health, University of Liverpool (2017).

Dezmin Pitt - A cross-sectional survey of the weight management services conducted in the Royal Navy Fleet. Masters in Public Health, University of Liverpool (2017).


External Responsibilities

UKCRC Registered Clinical Trials Units Network Core Infrastructure Task and Finish Group


PhD (Health Services Research, University of Aberdeen)

MSc (Health Services and Public Health Research, University of Aberdeen)

BSc (Hons) (Chemistry, University of Edinburgh)


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