Research PG


Contact Details

Personal website:

Address: Health Services Research Unit (HSRU)
University of Aberdeen
1st Floor, Health Sciences Building
Aberdeen AB25 2ZD


Heidi graduated in June 2015 with a first class MSci in Pharmacology from the University of Aberdeen. As part of her studies she undertook an industrial placement year which was based with a clinical recruitment agency. She specialised in hiring for large CRO organisations for roles across the UK and Europe, specifically recruitment for Research Nurses, Clinical Research Monitors, and roles involving patient recruitment and pre-clinical scientific work. During her studies Heidi also completed an internship with a large pharmaceutical manufacturing company in Princeton, New Jersey.

She joined HSRU in July 2015 as a PhD student with Trial Forge. Her project focusses on improving the efficiency of clinical trials, with particular focus on participant recruitment.

In March 2018 Heidi was named as a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow for 2018. As part of this Fellowship she will be conucting a research project around science communication, specifically the use of blogging to communicate scientific ideas and processes. her Fellowship involved 6 weeks of fully funded travel around the USA, Canada, Singapore and Hong Kong, which she will begin in January 2019.

Research Interests

Clinical Trials Methodology - Clinical Research Efficiency - Patient Recruitment & Retention - Health Services Research - Patient Decision Making - Evidence-Based Medicine - Research Waste - Public Health - Public Engagement - Patient Involvement - Reporting of Science in the Media

Current Research

Heidi's research looks at methods for improving participant recruitment into clinical trials.
The project is threefold and involves:

1. Consolidating what we currently know about recruitment interventions from both randomised and non-randomised evaluations;

2. Communicating this knowledge to trialists in a useable way through the use of effective data presentation methods;

3. Improving the current knowledge base through the publication of SWATs specifically-designed to plug gaps in the evidence base.


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