Professor Amanda Lee

Professor Amanda Lee

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

Professor Amanda Lee
Professor Amanda Lee

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen 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 both the IAHS Medical Statistics Team and the IAHS Postgraduate Education Group.


Research Interests

Applied Medical Statistics

Epidemiology of Vascular Diseases

Research Grants

In July 2016, I currently hold, or have held, 61 research grants with a total combined income of over £9.8million.


Teaching Responsibilities

  • Head of the IAHS Postgraduate Education Group, responsible for overview and delivery of 5 taught Masters programmes (2013-)
  • Co-originator and programme coordinator of the fully on-line PgCert in Research Methods in Health (2014-) 
  • Lecturer on-line Applied Statistics course (2014-)
  • Lecturer on-line Fundamentals of Reserach 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-)
  • 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 for GP Registrars (NHS Education) (2003-)
  • 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-)
  • Consultant statistician for Grampian NHS (1993-)
Further Info

External Responsibilities

  • 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-)
  • 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)

Admin Responsibilities

Director of Institute of Applied Health Sciences

Head of the IAHS Medical Statistics Team

Head of the IAHS Postgraduate Education Group

Member 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

CLSM Representative of JCCRA

CLSM Representative on Senate

Member of 2017 and 2019 Promotions panel