Professor Alison Avenell

Professor Alison Avenell

Clinical Chair in Health Services Research

Professor Alison Avenell
Professor Alison Avenell

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The University of Aberdeen Health Services Research Unit
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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.


Current Research

Current projects 

Evaluating the behavioural intervention, organisational and health economic evidence base for adult obesity management  


Systematic reviews of selected nutritional supplementation interventions

Completed projects





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  • What interventions should we add to weight reducing diets in adults with obesity? A systematic review of randomized controlled trials of adding drug therapy, exercise, behaviour therapy or combinations of these interventions

    Avenell, A., Brown, T. J., McGee, M., Campbell, M. K., Grant, A. M., Jung, R. T., Smith, W. C. S., Broom, J.

    Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 293-316

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Antithyroid drug regimen for treating Graves' hyperthyroidism.

    Abraham, P., Avenell, A., Watson, W. A., Park, C. M., Bevan, J. S.

    Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online), no. 4

    Contributions to Journals: Review articles

  • Genetic variation and the lipid response to dietary intervention: a systematic review

    Masson, L. F., McNeill, G., Avenell, A.

    The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 77, no. 5, pp. 1098-1111

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • A systematic review of protein and energy supplementation for hip fracture aftercare in older people

    Avenell, A., Handoll, H. H.

    European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 57, no. 8, pp. 895-903

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Assessment of nutritional status in hospital in-patients

    Campbell, S. E., Avenell, A., Walker, A. E., TEMPEST Trial Group

    QJM, vol. 95, no. 2, pp. 83-87

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Glutamine supplementation in serious illness: a systematic review of the evidence

    Novak, F., Heyland, D. K., Avenell, A., Drover, J. W., Su, X.

    Critical Care Medicine, vol. 30, no. 9, pp. 2022-2029

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Protein and energy supplementation in elderly people at risk from malnutrition

    Milne, A. C., Potter, J., Avenell, A.

    Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, no. Issue 3

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Searching the electronic literature - improving the quality of results

    Avenell, A., Wallace, S. A.

    CPD Clinical Biochemistry, vol. 4, pp. 74-77

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Lessons for search strategies from a systematic review, in The Cochrane Library, of nutritional supplementation trials in patients after hip fracture

    Avenell, A., Handoll, H. H., Grant, A. M.

    The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 73, no. 3, pp. 505-510

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Measurement of abdominal fat by magnetic resonance imaging, dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and anthropometry in non-obese men and women

    Kamel, E. G., McNeill, G., Han, T. S., Smith, F. W., Avenell, A., Davidson, L., Tothill, P.

    International Journal of Obesity, vol. 23, pp. 686-692

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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