Rumana Newlands

Rumana Newlands
Rumana Newlands

Rumana Newlands

PhD, MSc, PGDip, BPharm.

Research Fellow


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 in 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 on 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 has 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) and since then she has contributed to a number of projects: the C-GALL (a randomised controlled trial of uncomplicated gallstone disease) study, 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) and  the STEER (aimed to develop and pilot theoretically informed, participant-centred, evidence-based interventions to improve retention of participants in clinical trials) project. She is currently leading the PREP-AI-R project and her contribution will inform a framework to systematically evaluate an artificial intelligence (AI) assisted diagnostic tool in a real-world setting.

Her research interests include i) the design and evaluation, and implementation of complex interventions to improve health and healthcare system and ii) translation of research findings into routine clinical practice.

Internal Memberships

She is an active member of the University's

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

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 intervention to improve clinical practice, patients’ health and quality of life

  • Translation of research findings into practice.

Current Research

Evaluation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) services in a real world setting

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

Rumana supervises BSc students as well as post-graduate students at both Masters and PhD level. She also marks MSc course assessment for Evidence Based Health (PU5031). 

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.


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