PhD, MSc, PGDip, BPharm.
Health Services Research Unit 2nd Floor, Health Sciences Building, Aberdeen AB25 2ZD Tel: 01224 438190 (Mon-Friday)
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 editorial panel of EC Dental Science.
2. She reviews manuscripts for journals with international readership.
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.
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
She is contributing to the process evaluation of two clinical trials (REINFORCE and PARTIAL).
- Rumana supervises BSc students as well as post-graduate students at both Masters and PhD level.
Her current PhD student's project involves developing and testing a pragmatic intervention to reduce anticholinergic burden from medications in middle and older age using MRC Framework for Complex Intervention.
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
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The development of theory-informed participant-centred interventions to maximise participant retention in randomised controlled trialsTrials, vol. 23, no. 1, 268Contributions to Journals: Articles
Barriers and facilitators to reducing anticholinergic burden: a qualitative systematic reviewInternational Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, vol. 43, pp. 1451-1460Contributions to Journals: Articles
Understanding stakeholder views regarding the design of an intervention trial to reduce anticholinergic burden: a qualitative studyFrontiers in Pharmacology, vol. 12, 608208Contributions to Journals: Articles
Why trials lose participants: a multi-trial investigation of participants’ perspectives using the theoretical domains frameworkJournal of Clinical Epidemiology, vol. 137, pp. P1-13Contributions to Journals: Articles
Identification and categorisation of relevant outcomes for symptomatic uncomplicated gallstone disease: in depth analysis to inform the development of a core outcome setBMJ Open, vol. 11, no. 6, e045568Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-045568
- [OPEN ACCESS] http://aura.abdn.ac.uk/bitstream/2164/16884/1/Cruickshank_etal_BMJO_Identification_and_categorisation_VOR.pdf
- [ONLINE] https://abdn.pure.elsevier.com/en/en/researchoutput/identification-and-categorisation-of-relevant-outcomes-for-symptomatic-uncomplicated-gallstone-disease(e370a043-95ee-45d1-8c15-857c465dacda).html
Using a behavioural approach to explore the factors that affect questionnaire return within a clinical trial: a qualitative study based on the Theoretical Domains FrameworkBMJ Open, vol. 11, no. 4, e048128Contributions to Journals: Articles
Protocol for a randomised controlled trial comparing laparoscopic cholecystectomy with observation/conservative management for preventing recurrent symptoms and complications in adults with uncomplicated symptomatic gallstones (C-Gall trial)BMJ Open, vol. 11, no. 3, e039781Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33766835/
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-039781
- [OPEN ACCESS] http://aura.abdn.ac.uk/bitstream/2164/16202/1/Ahmed_etal_Protocol_for_randomised_VOR.pdf
- [ONLINE] https://abdn.pure.elsevier.com/en/en/researchoutput/protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial-comparing-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy-with-observationconservative-management-for-preventing-recurrent-symptoms-and-complications-in-adults-with-uncomplica(a66000bc-ddf4-4d6b-9167-7efd1556eace).html
Interventions to reduce anticholinergic burden in adults aged 65 and older: A systematic reviewJournal of the American Medical Directors Association, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 172-180.e5Contributions to Journals: Articles
A qualitative study exploring the key determinants of information gathering to inform the management of over‐the‐counter (OTC) consultations in community pharmaciesBMJ Open, vol. 9, no. 8, e029937Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-029937
- [OPEN ACCESS] http://aura.abdn.ac.uk/bitstream/2164/12761/1/Cassie_BMJOpen_VOR.pdf
- [ONLINE] View publication in Scopus
- [ONLINE] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31420393 http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=PMC6701566
- [ONLINE] View publication in Mendeley
Barriers and facilitators to reducing anticholinergic burden from the perspectives of patients, their carers, and healthcare professionals: A protocol for qualitative evidence synthesisJournal of Evidence-Based Medicine, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 227-231Contributions to Journals: Articles