Dr Kirsty McCormack
Dr Kirsty McCormack

Dr Kirsty McCormack

PhD, MSc, BSc (HONS)

Lecturer (Scholarship), Research Fellow

About

Centre for Healthcare Randomised Trials (CHaRT) Health Services Research Unit University of Aberdeen 3rd Floor, Health Sciences Building Foresterhill ABERDEEN AB25 2ZD

Biography

I joined the unit in 1997 after graduating in Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. Since joining the Unit, I have gained an MSc Health Services and Public Health Research and a PhD in Health Services Research. I have worked on a number of projects within the Health Care Assessment Programme and developed expertise in the design and conduct of randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews of effectiveness.

I am a Lecturer in Health Services Research and the Course Co-ordinator for the Postgraduate Course in Designing Real-World Trials. I am also the Research Manager for the Centre for Healthcare Randomised Trials (CHaRT), a fully registered UK Clinical Research Collaboration Clinical Trials Unit with an internationally recognised expertise in the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of multicentre trials.  

 

Qualifications

  • PhD Health Services Research 
    2010 - University of Aberdeen 
  • MSc Health Services and Public Health Research 
    2000 - University of Aberdeen 
  • BSc (HON) Chemistry 
    1994 - University of Edinburgh 

Latest Publications

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Research

Research Overview

I am the Research Manager for the Centre for Healthcare Randomised Trials (CHaRT), a fully registered UK Clinical Research Collaboration Clinical Trials Unit with an internationally recognised expertise in the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of multicentre trials.  

Research Areas

Applied Health Sciences

Research Specialisms

  • Health Sciences

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

  • Adjustable Anchored Single-Incision Mini-Slings Versus Standard Tension-Free Mid-Urethral Slings in the Surgical Management Of Female Stress Urinary Incontinence; A Pragmatic Multicentre Non–Inferiority Randomised Controlled Trial: The SIMS Trial. Awarded by the NIHR HTA Programme(12/127/157). Start date: December 2013. Value £1,456,252.
  • A multicentre randomised controlled trial comparing laparoscopic supra-cervical hysterectomy with second generation endometrial ablation for the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding (HEALTH). Awarded by the NIHR HTA Programme(12/35/23). Start date: January 2014. Value £1,307,643.
  • Improving intrapartum outcomes for mothers and babies in Scotland: a stepped-wedge RCT of an intrapartum emergencies training package in 12 Scottish Maternity Units (THISTLE). Awarded by the CSO (CZG/2/498). Start date: August 2013. Value £200,045.
  • Male synthetic sling versus Artificial urinary Sphincter Trial for men with urodynamic stress incontinence after prostate surgery: Evaluation by Randomised controlled trial (MASTER). Awarded by the NIHR HTA Programme (11/106/01). Start date: July 2013. Value £1,625,275.
  • Single port laparoscopic surgery compared with standard 3 port laparoscopic surgery for appendicectomy. A pilot study for a randomised controlled trial: SCARLESS (Single Centre Appendicectomy RCT: Laparoscopic vs Endoscopic Single-port Surgery). Awarded by the CSO (CZG/2/498). Start date: January 2011. Value £50,000.
  • Comparative study of new imaging technologies for the diagnosis of glaucoma. Awarded by the NIHR HTA (09/22/111). Start date: December 2010. Value £368,853.
  • The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of laparoscopic compared to open surgery for inguinal hernia repair. Commissioned by the National Institute of Clinical Effectiveness, July 2000. Value £8,000.
Teaching

Courses

  • Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) are used to test the effectiveness of interventions. The aim of this course is to take a student through the process of designing RCTs. The course will focus on RCTs in the evaluation of real world healthcare and public health settings.

Teaching Responsibilities

Course Co-ordinator

Course Co-ordinator for the postgraduate course PU5038 Designing Real-World Trials.  

Teaching Responsibilities

Current:

  • PU5527 Fundamentals of Research Design module: What is Research; Formulating a Research Question; and Developing a Protocol.
  • ME4805 Student Selected Component III, Population based disease.

Previous:

  • PU5003 Health Services Research: Protocol Development and Critical Appraisal of a Protocol, 2000-2015 (Discontinued).
  • PU5003 Health Services Research (Discontinued): Course Co-ordinator, 2000-01.
  • Intercalated BSc (Hons) degree in Medical Science: Writing a Protocol.
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