Rumana Newlands

Rumana Newlands
Rumana Newlands
Rumana Newlands

PhD, MSc, PGDip, BPharm.

Research Fellow

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School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition


Rumana graduated from the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (India) in Pharmacy and qualified as a registered pharmacist in India. After graduating, she worked as a pharmaceutical researcher and gained experience designing and running clinical drug trials. She also obtained a diploma and an MSc in Health Management and an MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research. In 2016, she completed a PhD in Health Sciences at the University of Aberdeen in the area of clinical trial design and evaluation (using mixed methods and involving potential stakeholders). Her PhD project title was “Design and Outcomes of a feasibility Randomised Controlled Trial of Lifestyle Intervention in Women Treated for Breast Cancer".

She joined the Health Services Research Unit in 2012 as a Research Assistant on the SUDDICU study (a study of infection control practices in intensive care units). Since then, she has contributed to several projects: the C-GALL (a randomised controlled trial of uncomplicated gallstone disease) study, the development of core outcome set (COS) for symptomatic uncomplicated gallstone disease, Registry-based RCTs in Surgery, the TRiaDS implementation Research Programme (Pharmacy, Optometry and Dentistry), the STEER (aimed to develop and pilot theoretically informed, participant-centred, evidence-based interventions to improve retention of participants in clinical trials) and the PREP-AI-R (aimed at preparing to evaluate an artificial intelligence assisted diagnostic tool for breast cancer detection in a real-world setting). Currently, she is contributing to two clinical trials: REINFORCE (evaluation of robot-assisted surgical services in NHS) and PARTIAL (a randomised trial of partial vs radical nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma). 


Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

1. She is an active member of the University's

  • Career Mentoring Programme for Postgraduate students and
  • Athena SWAN self-assessment team

2. She reviews grant and research proposals.

External Memberships

1. She is a member of the UK Salivary Gland Cancer Research Working Group

2. She reviews manuscripts for journals with an international readership.

Latest Publications

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Prizes and Awards

1. University of Aberdeen Principal's Excellence Awards (2022) for Outstanding Research Team- iCAIRD

The iCAIRD team worked with academia, clinical and industrial stakeholders to drive innovation and change in diagnostic services working towards new methodologies like using artificial intelligence (AI) service for patient benefit.

2. She received prize for best presentation (as a student) at the Nutrition Society Annual Conference, 2012.


Research Overview

  • Clinical trial methodology including the design and evaluation, analysis and implementation of complex designs for improving trial efficiency and reducing research waste

  • Design and evaluation of complex interventions to improve clinical practice, patients’ health and quality of life

Research Areas

Applied Health Sciences


Current Research

She is contributing to the process evaluation of two clinical trials (REINFORCE and PARTIAL).


My current supervision areas are: Applied Health Sciences.

Rumana supervises BSc students and post-graduate students at both Masters and PhD levels. 

Her current PhD student projects involve

1. Developing and testing a pragmatic intervention to reduce the anticholinergic burden from medications in middle and older age using MRC Framework for Complex Intervention.

2. Methods for the economic evaluation of artificial intelligence algorithms in breast cancer diagnosis.


Funding and Grants

Katie Gillies, Irfan Ahmed, Miriam Brazzelli, Moira Cruickshank and Rumana Newlands. How to measure outcomes defined as core for evaluating the effectiveness of interventions to treat uncomplicated symptomatic gallstone disease: generation of consensus based recommendations. The NHS Grampian Endowment Research Grant 2017- amount £11,905.00


Teaching Responsibilities


  • She marks the MSc course assessment for Evidence-Based Health (PU5031)
  • She teaches the Qualitative Health Research module (PU5529)
  • She supervises MSc research projects (PU5992)
  • She is a tutor for the Fundamental of Research Design course.

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