Professor Graeme MacLennan

Professor Graeme MacLennan

Director (CHaRT)

Professor Graeme MacLennan
Professor Graeme MacLennan

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Health Services Research Unit
3rd Floor Health Sciences Building
AB25 2ZD


Graeme MacLennan is currently Professor of Medical Statistics and the Director of the Centre for Health Care Randomised Trials (CHaRT) which is the Clinical Trials Unit embedded within the Health Services Research Unit. His overarching research interest is in designing fair tests of health care treatments and policies. Specifc interests are in evaluating surgical and complex interventions. Graeme also has a general interest in improving the design, conduct, and analysis and reporting of clinical trials through the development and application of methodological research to clinical trials from CHaRT. 

He graduated in Mathematics from the University of Aberdeen in 1997, after a year training as a Mathematics teacher he joined the Unit in September 1998 as a statistician. Since joining the Unit he gained an MSc in Applied Statistics in 2004 from Sheffield Hallam University. In 2008 he was appointed Senior Statistican, and in 2016 was Interim Programme Director for the Health Care Assessment Programme, until his appointment as CTU Director in April 2017.  


Research Interests

The application of statistical methods to clinical trials. Recent example is JCE paper available here on using instrumental variables in a surgery trial to address non-compliance. Collaborators were Jonathan Cook (Oxford), Tom Palmer (Lancaster), and Richard Emesley (Manchester). 

Research on making trials more efficient, collaborating with Trial Forge

Current Research

A complete list of the CHaRT RCT portolio is available by clicking here


Teaching Responsibilities

I teach on our MPH course module PU5031: EVIDENCE-BASED HEALTH.

Further Info


MSc Applied Statistics, Sheffield Hallam University
BSc(Hons) Mathematics, University of Aberdeen