Professor Alison Avenell
Professor Alison Avenell

Professor Alison Avenell

Clinical Chair in Health Services Research


Health Services Research Unit
3rd Floor Health Sciences Building
AB25 2ZD


Alison Avenell joined the Unit in 1998, as a Clinical Research Fellow. She was subsequently funded by the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) of the Scottish Government Health Directorates as a Clinical Research Fellow to undertake research in the MRC funded RECORD trial, which examined the effect of calcium and/or vitamin D supplementation in the secondary prevention of osteoporotic fractures. She also led the MAVIS trial which examined the effectiveness of vitamin and mineral supplementation in preventing infections in older people, and helped lead the SIGNET trial of glutamine and selenium supplementation in critical illness. She was a CSO funded Career Scientist and currently has a clinical chair in health services research and is an Honorary Consultant in Clinical Biochemistry, undertaking systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials of treatments for adult obesity, and under-nutrition in clinical practice.


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  • Distributions of baseline categorical variables were different from the expected distributions in randomized trials with integrity concerns

    Bolland, M. J., Gamble, G. D., Avenell, A., Cooper, D. J., Grey, A.
    Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Analysis of cluster randomised trials as if they were individually randomised

    Bolland, M. J., Avenell, A., Grey, A.
    The lancet. Diabetes & endocrinology
    Contributions to Journals: Comments and Debates
  • Designing financial incentives for health behaviour change: a mixed-methods case study of weight loss in men with obesity

    van der Pol, M., Mcdonald, M., Collacott, H. E., Dombrowski, S., Harris, F., Kee, F., Avenell, A., Gray, C., Skinner, R., Hoddinott, P.
    Journal of Public Health
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The effect of weight loss interventions for obesity on fertility and pregnancy outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis

    Boyle, B. R., Ablett, A. D., Ochi, C., Hudson, J., Watson, L., Rauh, D., Avenell, A.
    International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A Systematic Review of the evidence for Non-surgical weight management for adults with severe obesity: What is cost effective and what are the implications for the Design of health Services?

    Jacobsen, E., Boyers, D., Manson, P., Avenell, A.
    Current Obesity Reports, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 356-385
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Are individual or group interventions more effective for long-term weight loss in adults with obesity?: A systematic review

    Street, S., Avenell, A.
    Clinical Obesity, vol. 12, no. 5, e12539
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Procrastination and inconsistency: expressions of concern for publications with compromised integrity

    Grey, A., Avenell, A., Bolland, M. J.
    Accountability in Research
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Leucine and perindopril to improve physical performance in people over 70 years with sarcopenia: the LACE factorial RCT

    Witham, M. D., Adamson, S., Avenell, A., Band, M. M., Bashir, T., Donnan, P. T., George, J., Hapca, A., Hume, C., Kemp, P., McKenzie, E., Pilvinyte, K., Rossios, C., Smith, K., Struthers, A. D., Sumukadas, D.
    Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation, vol. 9, no. 8
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of text messages with or without endowment incentives for weight management in men with obesity (Game of Stones): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

    Macaulay, L., O’Dolan, C., Avenell, A., Carroll, P., Cotton, S., Dombrowski, S., Elders, A., Goulao, B., Gray, C., Harris, F. M., Hunt, K., Kee, F., MacLennan, G., McDonald, M. D., McKinley, M., Skinner, R., Torrens, C., Tod, M., Turner, K., van der Pol, M., Hoddinott, P.
    Trials, vol. 23, no. 1, 582
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A Systematic Review Examining Socioeconomic Factors in Trials of Interventions for Men that Report Weight as an Outcome

    Mcdonald, M. D., Hunt, K., Sivaramakrishnan, H., Moullin, J., Avenell, A., Kerr, D. A., Birch, J. M., Ntoumanis, N., Quested, E.
    Obesity Reviews, vol. 23, no. 7, e13436
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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