Dr Katie Banister

Dr Katie Banister

Research Fellow

Dr Katie Banister
Dr Katie Banister

Contact Details


Katie Banister is a Health Services Research Fellow with a special interest and expertise in the design, conduct and analysis of large diagnostic accuracy studies. She is also the Health Services Research Unit representative for Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement.  Involving patients and the public is central to the research at HSRU which is aimed at improving healthcare for the benefit of patients.

To find out more about the work of the Health Services Research Unit please click here

Katie is currently supporting the management of the SCRiPT trial (a pragmatic randomised trial of treatments for deep tooth decay in primary care dentistry) and the PUrE trial (a pragmatic randomised controlled trial of surgical treatments for lower pole kidney stones) 

Katie also leads the management of the EDNA study, an evaluation of the diagnostic accuracy of non-invasive tests for early detection of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD).  

Katie first joined the unit in 2010 working on the Surveillance for Ocular Hypertension project. Since then she has worked on several large clinical research studies.Previously, Katie worked on the GATE study - an evaluation of the diagnostic accuracy of imaging tests for glaucoma diagnosis and the PEG study, an evaluation of progression in glaucoma.

Prior to joining the unit, Katie was a clinical scientist specialising in physiological measurement within the NHS. She graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in Physics in 1993 and gained a PhD in Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy from the University of Nottingham in 1998.


PhD, Physics University of Nottingham 1998
BA (Hons), MA, Physics University of Oxford 1993

Internal Memberships and Affiliations

Katie is the HSRU representative for Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement.


Research Areas

Research Overview

Katie has a particular research interest in diagnostic test accuracy studies, and also in the monitoring of disease. She works collaboratively with clinicians across the UK to develop, conduct, manage and disseminate large clinical trials of diagnostic tests. She has wide experience in the area of secondary care diagnosis and monitoring in ophthalmology. Her previous research projects include

Current Research

Katie is currently working on the following projects:

EDNA: Early Detection of Neovascular Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).  This is a multi-centre NIHR HTA funded study which aims to investigate the diagnostic accuracy of a series of non-invasive tests for the early diagnosis of AMD. 

For further details on this or any of Katie's other works please contact her on the email address above.

Research Funding and Grants

International Glaucoma Association/UK and Eire Glaucoma Society Research Award.  Progression of disease in patients newly diagnosed with glaucoma and glaucoma suspects participating in the GATE study.   K Banister, A Azuara-Blanco, C Ramsay.  (2014-2016)

NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme.  Early Detection of Neovascular Age-related macular degeneration.  U Chakravarthy, C Ramsay, Sobha Sivaprasad, R Hogg, G Scotland, K Banister, J Cook, A Azuara-Blanco, H Heimann. (2015-2020)



Teaching Responsibilities

  • Katie is a tutor on the Designing Real World Trials Course.  Course details
  • Katie supervises post-graduate students at Masters level and is willing to discuss potential projects within her broad areas or interest. 


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