Dr Seonaidh Cotton

Dr Seonaidh Cotton
BSc (Hons), MLitt, PhD

Senior Trial Manager

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Dr Seonaidh Cotton
Dr Seonaidh Cotton

Contact Details

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fax 01224 438165
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The University of Aberdeen Health Services Research Unit Health Sciences Building (Third Floor) Foresterhill Aberdeen AB25 2ZD

Biography

I joined HSRU in 2007 as a trial manager.  I graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a BSc in Health Sciences in 1993, an MLitt in 1995, and a PhD in 2007.  Prior to joining the Unit, I worked in the Department of Public Health at the University of Aberdeen.

I am the Senior Trial Manager within CHaRT supporting the portfolio of trials.   I also currently work on the BICS trial - a multicentre trial investigating the effectiveness of the beta-blocker bisoprolol in preventing exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.    

Previously I was the Deputy Senior Trial Manager and supported a number of studies including RAACENOEMPOWER and ELECTRIC (all now completed).  I also worked as trial manager on a number of CHaRT trials, including TWICSCLASSNIAMIFOCCUSREFLUX and the Cysteamine in CF study.  

I am interested in methodological research that can be carried out alongside existing trials, including the provision of information to potential participants and strategies to increase response rates.

 


Qualifications

PhD, Public Health University of Aberdeen 2008
MLitt, by research University of Aberdeen 1994
BSc, Health Sciences University of Aberdeen 1993
Research

Research Areas


Research Overview

Trial methodology & trial management


Current Research

I am the Senior Trial Manager within CHaRT supporting the portfolio of trials.   I also currently work on the BICS trial - a multicentre trial investigating the effectiveness of the beta-blocker bisoprolol in preventing exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.    

I am interested in methodological research that can be carried out alongside existing trials, including the provision of information to potential participants and strategies to increase response rates.


Past Research

Since joining the Unit I have worked on a number of trials that have now been completed. 

TWICS  - a multicentre trial investigating the effectiveness of low dose oral theophylline as an adjunct to inhaled corticosteroids in preventing exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

CLASS - a multicentre trial comparing foam sclerotherapy and endovenous laser ablation with conventional surgery in patients with varicose veins;

NIAMI - a phase II multicentre trial investigating whether an intravenous injection of sodium nitrite given immediately before the infarct related artery is opened reduces ischaemia reperfusion injury in patients with myocardial infarction;

FOCCUS - a pragmatic multi-centred randomised controlled trial of surgical HDU care versus HDU care delivered in an ICU and pre-operative fluid loading in high-risk patients undergoing major elective surgery

REFLUX - a multi-centre randomised trial comparing a policy of relatively early laparoscopic surgery with a continued best medical management policy for people with more severe gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.

The Cysteamine in CF study - a single-centre, single group open label study of oral cysteamine in patients with Cystic Fibrosis.

I also supported RAACENOEMPOWER and ELECTRIC (all now completed) as senior trial manager.

Teaching

Courses


Teaching Responsibilities

I have supervised a number of undergraduate and Masters level research projects, including topics such as provision of information to potential participants, strategies to increase response rates, and outcome measures.

 

 


Non-Course Teaching Responsibilities

Outwith the University, I am a faculty member on the Edinburgh Clinical Trial Management Course (ECTMC).

 

Publications

Publications 

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  • Long-term Worries after Colposcopy: Which Women Are at Increased Risk?

    Sharp, L., Cotton, S. C., Cruickshank, M. E., Gray, N. M., Neal, K., Rothnie, K., Thornton, A. J., Walker, L. G., Little, J., The TOMBOLA (Trial Of Management of Borderline and Other Low-grade Abnormal smears) Group

    Women's Health Issues, vol. 25, no. 5, pp. 517-527

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Use of low-dose oral theophylline as an adjunct to inhaled corticosteroids in preventing exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

    Devereux, G., Cotton, S., Barnes, P., Briggs, A., Burns, G., Chaudhuri, R., Chrystyn, H., Davies, L., De Soyza, A., Fielding, S., Gompertz, S., Haughney, J. A. F., Lee, A. J., McCormack, K., McPherson, G., Morice, A., Norrie, J., Sullivan, A., Wilson, A., Price, D.

    Trials, vol. 16, 267

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Making randomised trials more efficient: report of the first meeting to discuss the Trial Forge platform

    Treweek, S., Altman, D. G., Bower, P., Campbell, M., Chalmers, I., Cotton, S., Craig, P., Crosby, D., Davidson, P., Devane, D., Duley, L., Dunn, J., Elbourne, D., Farrell, B., Gamble, C., Gillies, K., Hood, K., Lang, T., Littleford, R., Loudon, K., McDonald, A., McPherson, G., Nelson, A., Norrie, J., Ramsay, C., Sandercock, P., Shanahan, D. R., Summerskill, W., Sydes, M., Williamson, P., Clarke, M.

    Trials, vol. 16, 261

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • A normal colposcopy examination fails to provide psychological reassurance for women who have had low-grade abnormal cervical cytology

    Cotton, S. C., Sharp, L., Little, J., Gray, N. M., Walker, L. G., Whynes, D. K., Cruickshank, M. E., The TOMBOLA (Trial Of Management of Borderline and Other Low-grade Abnormal smears) Group

    Cytopathology, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 178-187

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of foam sclerotherapy, endovenous laser ablation and surgery for varicose veins: results from the Comparison of LAser, Surgery and foam Sclerotherapy (CLASS) randomised controlled trial

    Brittenden, J., Cotton, S. C., Elders, A., Tassie, E., Scotland, G., Ramsay, C. R., Norrie, J., Burr, J., Francis, J., Wileman, S., Campbell, B., Bachoo, P., Chetter, I., Gough, M., Earnshaw, J., Lees, T., Scott, J., Baker, S. A., MacLennan, G., Prior, M., Bolsover, D., Campbell, M. K.

    Health Technology Assessment, vol. 19, no. 27, pp. 1-342

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Management of women with low grade cytology: how reassuring is a normal colposcopy examination?

    Cruickshank, M. E., Cotton, S. C., Sharp, L., Smart, L., Walker, L. G., Little, J., The TOMBOLA (Trial Of Management of Borderline and Other Low-grade Abnormal smears) Group

    BJOG-An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol. 122, no. 3, pp. 380-386

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Measuring the psychosocial burden in women with low-grade abnormal cervical cytology in the TOMBOLA trial: psychometric properties of the Process and Outcome Specific Measure (POSM)

    Rothnie, K., Cotton, S. C., Fielding, S., Gray, N. M., Little, J., Cruickshank, M. E., Walker, L. G., Avis, M., Sharp, L.

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, vol. 12, 154

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Cost-effectiveness of ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, endovenous laser ablation or surgery as treatment for primary varicose veins from the randomized CLASS trial

    Tassie, E., Scotland, G., Brittenden, J., Cotton, S. C., Elders, A., Campbell, M. K., Campbell, B., Gough, M., Burr, J. M., Ramsay, C. R., CLASS Study Team

    British Journal of Surgery, vol. 101, no. 12, pp. 1532-1540

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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