Professor Amanda Lee

Professor Amanda Lee
Professor Amanda Lee
Professor Amanda Lee

Chair in Medical Statistics, Director of the Institute of Applied Health Sciences


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


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 am currently Director of the Institute of Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) and lead the IAHS Medical Statistics Team.

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Director of Institute of Applied Health Sciences

Head of the IAHS Medical Statistics Team

Chair of the IAHS Athena Swan committee

Member of the IAHS Staff Development Group

Chair of School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition Staff Development Group

Member of the UoA Workload Review Group

CLSM Representative of JCCRA

CLSM Representative on Senate

Member of 2017 and 2019 Promotions panel 


External Memberships
  • Member of NIHR Clinical Fellowship panel (2018-)
  • Member of CSO Health Services and Population Health Research Committee (HSRPP) (2010-2018)
  • Statistician for the Asthma UK grant committee (2008-10)
  • External examiner for MSc Applied Health Statistics, University of Dundee (2011-12)
  • Statistical Editor for the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice (2012-)
  • Editorial board member for the Pragmatic and Observational Research on-line journal (2010-)
  • DMC statistician for ‘Detection in blood of autoantibodies to tumour antigens as a case-finding method in lung cancer using the EarlyCDT-Lung test’ (2013-2019)
  • Chair of the steering group for ‘Safety Assessment of Marketed Medicines (SAMM) for Ciclesonide’ (2006-9)
  • 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’ (2007-9)
  • Data monitoring and ethics committee member for the MRC-funded USABLE (ulcer surgery as adjuvant to bandaging with 4-layers - evaluation) Trial (2008-9)
  • Steering committee member for the ECoSSE study (a multicentred RCT on the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of selective single embryo transfer) (2010)
  • Steering committee member for a MRC programme grant on inflammation, glucocorticoids and microvascular disease in the aetiology of cognitive impairment in type 2 diabetes (2008-13)

Latest Publications

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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.

Funding and Grants

In 2021, I currently hold, or have held, 80 research grants with a total combined income of over £11 million.


Teaching Responsibilities

  • Member of the IAHS Postgraduate Education Group (2013-)
  • Co-originator and programme coordinator of the fully on-line PgCert in Research Methods in Health (2014-) 
  • Lecturer on-line Applied Statistics course, both face to face and online versions (2014-)
  • Lecturer on-line Fundamentals of Research Design course (2014-)
  • Lecturer on-line Introduction to Epidemiology course (2014-)  
  • Originator and lecturer on several staff CPD courses including ‘SPSS for Beginners’, ‘Intermediate SPSS’, ‘Introductory Medical Statistics’ and ‘Intermediate Medical Statistics’ (2003-)
  • Originator and lecturer on a 3 day generic postgraduate basic statistics course for the University of Aberdeen Graduate School (2003-)
  • Originator and lecturer for statistics course aimed at GP Registrars (NHS Education) (2003-)
  • Consultant statistician for Grampian NHS (1993-)
  • Lecturer on the MBChB Phase II 3M course (2003-6)
  • Lecturer on the BSc Health Sciences 2nd year HE2501 ‘Elementary Statistics for Health Research’ course (2003-5) 
  • Lecturer on the MSc/Pg Dip/Pg Cert in Nursing/Midwifery/Health Care ‘Research Methods’  course (2003-14)
  • Lecturer on the MSc/Pg Dip/Pg Cert in Nursing/Midwifery/Health ‘Using Evidence in Practice’ course (2003-14)
  • Lecturer on the Foundation Year academic medics course (2003-10)
  • Co organiser and co-lecturer for an ‘Introductory Statistics’ course forming part of the University of Edinburgh Transferable Skills Programmefor postgraduate students (1993-2012)
  • 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 (2003-)

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  • Performance of a prehospital HEART score in patients with possible myocardial infarction: a prospective evaluation

    Cooper, J. G., Ferguson, J., Donaldson, L. A., Black, K. M. M., Livock, K. J., Horrill, J. L., Davidson, E. M., Scott, N. W., Lee, A. J., Fujisawa, T., Lee, K. K., Anand, A., Shah, A. S. V., Mills, N. L.
    Emergency Medicine Journal
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Examining the diversity of MRCS examiners

    Ellis, R., Brennan, P. A., Hines, J., Lee, A. J., Cleland, J.
    The Surgeon
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Polysubstance Use in Adults With Opioid Use Disorder Receiving Buprenorphine Maintenance

    Elarabi, H. F., Radwan, D. N., Adem, A., Marsden, J., Lee, A. J.
    Journal of addiction medicine, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 74-78
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Short- and Long-Term Impact of Prior Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Exacerbations on Healthcare Resource Utilization and Related Costs: An Observational Study (SHERLOCK)

    de Nigris, E., Haughney, J., Lee, A. J., Nath, M., Müllerová, H., Holmgren, U., Ding, B.
    COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 92-100
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Lower buprenorphine elimination rate constant is associated with lower opioid use

    Elarabi, H. F., Lee, A. J., Adem, A., Elrasheed, A., Marsden, J., Al Ghaferi, H.
    Psychopharmacology, vol. 239, no. 10, pp. 3213-3221
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The Achieving Self-directed Integrated Cancer Aftercare Intervention for Detection of Recurrent and Second Primary Melanoma in Survivors of Melanoma: Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

    Murchie, P., Constable, L., Hall, S., Brant, W., Allan, J., Johnston, M., Masthoff, J., Lee, A., Treweek, S., Ayansina, D., Proby, C., Rahman, K., Walter, F., Burrows, N., Durrani, A., Maclennan, G.
    JMIR cancer, vol. 8, no. 3, e37539
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A cross-sectional study examining the association between MRCS performance and surgeons receiving sanctions against their medical registration

    Ellis, R., Cleland, J., Scrimgeour, D., Lee, A., Brennan, P.
    The Surgeon, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 211-215
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Cycling injuries requiring orthopaedic intervention during the first COVID-19 lockdown period: A multi-centre SCottish Orthopaedic Research collaborativE (SCORE) study

    Faulkner, A., MacDonald, D. R., Neilly, D. W., Davies, P. S., Ha, T. T., Stevenson, I. M., Jariwala, A. C., Scottish Orthopaedic Research collaborative (SCORE), Donoghue, C. J., Lee, A., Bashyam, J., Greensmith, T. S., Macinnes, A., Pennington, R., Sinnerton, R., Supparamaniam, S., Crome, C. R., Guiot, L., Harte, C., Kennedy, M. J., Noteman, T. W., Scicluna, G., Wheelwright, B. R., Torkington, M. S., Jamal, B., Gill, S. L., Boddie, D. E., Ashcroft, P.
    The Surgeon, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 252-257
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Differential attainment at the Intercollegiate Membership of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (MRCS) examination according to gender, ethnicity, age and socioeconomic factors

    Ellis, R., Brennan, P. A., Lee, A. J., Scrimgeour, D. S. G., Cleland, J.
    British Journal of Surgery, vol. 109, no. Supplement 4, O009
    Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
  • Performance at medical school selection correlates with success in Part A of the intercollegiate Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) examination

    Ellis, R., Brennan, P., Scrimgeour, D. S., Lee, A. J., Cleland, J.
    Postgraduate Medical Journal, vol. 98, no. 1161, e19
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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