Professor Amanda Lee

Professor Amanda Lee
Professor Amanda Lee
Professor Amanda Lee

Chair in Medical Statistics

About
Email Address
a.j.lee@abdn.ac.uk
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 437111
Office Address

Institute of Applied Health Sciences, Room 1.005 Polwarth Building, Foresterhill

School/Department
School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

Biography

Following graduation with an MSc Medical Statistics from Newcastle University in 1987, I worked as a research statistician in the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit, University of Dundee between 1987-1993.  After successful award of my PhD, I moved to the Wolfson Unit for Peripheral Vascular Diseases, University of Edinburgh and worked as a senior research fellow for 9 years. 

In 2003, I joined the Univeristy of Aberdeen as medical statistician for the Department of Primary Care.  I was made Reader in 2004 and attained Professor in 2006. I held the post of Deputy Director of the Institute of Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) between 2011-2018 and was then appointed Director of the IAHS between 2018-2023.  In 2024, I took on role as IAHS EDI Lead.  

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
  • EDI Lead for the Institute of Applied Health Sciences (2024-)
  • Director of the Institute of Applied Health Sciences (2018-2023)
  • Deputy Director of the Institute of Applied Health Sciences (2011-2018)
  • Non Ex Officio member of University Senate (2015-2023)
  • Member of Joint Consultative Committee Redundancy Avoidance (JCCRA) Policy Review Working Group (2018-)
  • Member of the University On-line Education Steering Group (2017-2022)
  • Member of University Workload Review Group (2019-2023)
  • Member of University Values & Culture Working Group (2018-2019)
  • Member of University Space Enhanced Teaching Working Group (2018-9)
  • Chair of the Institute of Applied Health Sciences Athena SWAN SAT (2015-2021)
  • Chair of the Institute of Applied Health Science Postgraduate Education Group (2014-2019)
  • Member of the Institute of Applied Health Sciences Staff Development Group (2011-)
  • Chair of the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition Staff Development Group (2016-2022)
  • Member of Sciences Promotions Sub-Committee (2019)
  • Member of the College of Life Sciences & Medicine Promotions sub-committee (2017)
  • Chair of Institute of Applied Health Sciences Staff Development Group (2011-2016)
  • Deputy Head of Section of Population Health, College of Life Sciences and Medicine (2009-2011)
External Memberships
  • Panel member of Ireland Health Research Board Secondary Data Analysis Review Board (2019-)
  • Panel member of NIHR Clinical doctoral fellowship Programme (2018-)
  • Panel member of NIHR Policy Research Programme (2017)
  • Statistician for the CSO Health Services and Population Health Research Committee (HSRPP) (2010-2018)
  • Statistician for the Asthma UK grant committee (2008-2010)
  • External examiner for MSc Applied Health Statistics, University of Dundee (2011-2012; programme then withdrawn)
  • Role model for the Aurora, the Leadership Foundation development initiative for women (2016-)
  • Statistical Editor for the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice (2012-)
  • Editorial board member for the Pragmatic and Observational Research on-line Journal (2009-)
  • Data monitoring committee statistician for ‘Detection in blood of autoantibodies to tumour antigens as a case-finding method in lung cancer using the EarlyCDT-Lung test’ (2012-2019)
  • Member of the Programme Steering Committee of ISCOMAT: Improving the safety and continuity of medicines management at care transitions (2016-)
  • Chair of the steering group for ‘Safety Assessment of Marketed Medicines (SAMM) for Ciclesonide’ (2005-2008)
  • Data monitoring committee member for the ‘Randomised controlled trial comparing foam sclerotherapy, alone or in combination with endovenous laser therapy, with conventional surgery as a treatment for varicose veins’ (2002-2003)
  • Data monitoring and ethics committee member for the MRC-funded USABLE (ulcer surgery as adjuvant to bandaging with 4-layers - evaluation) Trial (2002-2004)
  • Steering committee member for the ECoSSE study (a multicentred RCT on the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of selective single embryo transfer) (2004-2006)
  • Steering committee member for a MRC programme grant on inflammation, glucocorticoids and microvascular disease in the aetiology of cognitive impairment in type 2 diabetes (2002-2006)

 

Latest Publications

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Research

Research Overview

Applied Medical Statistics

Epidemiology of Vascular Diseases

Research Areas

Applied Health Sciences

Research Specialisms

  • Health Sciences
  • Medical Statistics
  • Epidemiology

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Supervision

Successful PhD students

Ms Alyson Kettles – ‘Nursing models, theories and care planning’  University of Aberdeen, successfully awarded March 2005.

Ms Ionna Tzoulaki – ‘Subclinical markers in the aetiology of cardiovascular disease’  University of Edinburgh, successfully awarded March 2007.

Ms Nicola Gray – ‘Assessing the psychosocial impact on women of a low-grade abnormal cervical smear result and its subsequent management’  University of Aberdeen, successfully awarded March 2008.

Dr Mike Thomas – ‘Relationship between dysfunctional breathing and asthma’ University of Aberdeen, successfully awarded July 2010.

Dr. Atika Al Khazraji – ‘A study of common skin disease occurring in children in the United Arab Emirates’  University of Aberdeen, successfully awarded July 2010.

Ms Paraskevi Tsiamalou Broti – ‘Students' and educators’ perceptions about the nursing assessment in Higher Education in Greece’  University of Aberdeen, successfully awarded Feb 2011.

Ms Naiyana Metha – ‘Social support and health related quality of life in patients with coronary artery disease’  University of Aberdeen, successfully awarded Dec 2012.

Ms Breda Anthony – ‘Ways to improve acceptability for anxious women who come to out patient colposcopy clinics for treatment of cervical intro-epithelial neoplasia. University of Aberdeen, successfully awarded June 2013.

Dr Angus MacLeod – ‘Identification of prognostic factors and development of prognostic models in Parkinsons disease using long-term data from a large, incidence based cohort.  University of Aberdeen, successfully awarded June 2016.

Ms Christiane Pflanz-Sinclair – ‘Managing Change: What is the Best Model for Implementing Substance Misuse Screening Services in Primary Care in the United Arab Emirates/Middle East?’ University of Aberdeen, successfully awarded June 2019.

Dr Duncan Scrimgeour – ‘Does the MRCS predict surgical training outcomes and the FRCS?’  University of Aberdeen, successfully awarded June 2019.

Dr Ricky Ellis – ‘Predicting success at the Intercollegiate Membership of the Royal Colleges of Surgery (MRCS) examination’  University of Aberdeen, successfully awarded June 2022.

Successful MRes student

Ms Tobi Afariogun (MSc Health Services & Public Health Research) – ‘The provision of public health services in a community pharmacy setting: Exploring pharmacy undergraduate students’ opinions in the UK and Thailand’  University of Aberdeen, sucessfully awarded September 2008.

Funding and Grants

In 2023, I currently hold, or have held, 80 research grants with a total combined income of over £11 million.

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Member of the IAHS Postgraduate Education Group (2013-)
  • Originator and Programme Co-ordinator of PgCert Research Methods for Health (63B990VZ) on-line course (2014-)
  • Lecturer and marker on the Applied Statistics (PU5522) postgraduate on-line course (2014-)
  • Lecturer on the Fundamentals of Research Design (PU5027) postgraduate on-line course (2014-)
  • Lecturer on the Epidemiology (PU5538) postgraduate on-line course (2014-)
  • Originator and lecturer on several staff CPD courses including ‘SPSS for Beginners’, ‘Intermediate SPSS’, ‘Introductory Medical Statistics’ and ‘Intermediate Medical Statistics’ (2011-)
  • Originator and lecturer on 3 day generic postgraduate basic statistics course for the University Graduate School (2008-)
  • Lecturer for GP Registrars (NHS Education) (2010-)
  • Lecturer on the MBChB Phase II 3M course (2013-2015)
  • Lecturer on the BSc Health Sciences 2nd year HE2501 ‘Elementary Statistics for Health Research’ course (2008-2010)
  • Lecturer on the MSc/Pg Dip/Pg Cert in Nursing/Midwifery/Health Care ‘Research Methods’ course (2006-2012)
  • Lecturer on the MSc/Pg Dip/Pg Cert in Nursing/Midwifery/Health ‘Using Evidence in Practice’ course (2006-2012)
  • Lecturer on the Foundation Year academic medics course (2008-2010)
  • Co organiser and co-lecturer for an ‘Introductory Statistics’ course forming part of the University of Edinburgh Transferable Skills Programme for postgraduate students (1998-2005).
  • Co-organiser and co-lecturer for an ‘Introductory Medical Statistics’ course aimed at academic researchers working in the University of Edinburgh and the Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust (1998-2006).

Non-course Teaching Responsibilities

Personal tutor (2018-)

 

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