Dr Rute Vieira
Dr Rute Vieira

Dr Rute Vieira

BSc MSc PhD

Lecturer

About

Biography

I joined the Institute of Applied Health Sciences in May 2018 as a Lecturer in Medical Statistics and, since January 2019, I have a honorary contract with the Information Services Division of Public Health Scotland, to support the establishment of the Scottish Congenital Anomaly Register (CARDRISS) (2019-2021) and the collaborative doctoral project 'Impact of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) on pregnancy and postnatal outcomes of babies affected by Down’s syndrome in Scotland'.

Previously I was based at the Institute of Health and Society (IHS), Newcastle University, and had an honorary contract with Public Health England where I collaborated with the National Congenital Anomaly and Rare Disease Registration Service (NCARDRS). I also worked as a statistical advisor for the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals (NuTH), IHS research groups and Newcastle Clinical Trials Unit.

My primary research interests are related with the development and application of statistical methodologies to evaluate treatment effects in personalised medicine (including N-of-1 studies) and rare diseases. I am also interested in the epidemiology of congenital anomalies .

 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
  • School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition Ethics Review Board for post-graduate studies (PGT SERB)
  • Institute of Applied Health Sciences Assessment Panel 
External Memberships
  • Fellow of the Royal Statistics Society (RSS)
  • Member of the RSS Medical Section Committee since 2019

Prizes and Awards

Nominated by the students to the University of Aberdeen Principal's Excellence Awards:

  • Best Postgraduate Lecturer 2019-2020
  • Best Postgraduate Lecturer 2021-2022
  • Best Supervisor (Postgraduate Research - PhD) 2021-2022
Research

Research Overview

My main research interests are:

  • Statistical methods for observational and experimental studies in personalised medicine (including n-of-1 studies)
  • Epidemiology of congenital anomalies

Current Research

Personalised medicine/behavioural medicine/nutrition (N-of-1):

  • The individual clinical course of severe COVID-19: a series of n-of-1 studies.
  • Determinants of adherence with weight loss and weight maintenance in the context of the Diabetes REmission Clinical Trial (DiRECT)
  • Modelling individual responses to healthier diets (PhD supervisor)
  • Quantifying the tea effect (PhD supervisor)
  • Drivers and barriers for adopting healthy and sustainable food swaps in young adults (to start 04/2023)

Congenital anomalies:

  • Prevalence and survival of children born with congenital anomalies in Scotland
  • Impact of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) on pregnancy and postnatal outcomes of babies affected by Down’s syndrome in Scotland (PhD supervisor)

Other (miscellanneous):

  • Understanding Symptom Experiences Fully (USEFULL) study
  • Looking after the elderly during the COVID-19 pandemic: a focus on addressing physical activity, loneliness, and help-seeking behaviour
  • I am also a co-investigator in the UKMED88 project (Apr 2019 - Oct 2020): 'Investigating associations of post-graduate examination performance with socio-demographic characteristics, performance at medical school, medical school, SJT and foundation school: a focus on first stage examinations of MRCP, MRCGP and MRCPsych' led by Dr Isobel Cameron.

Supervision

Current PhD students:

Public Health research

    • Elinor Sebire (2021 - 2025): Impact of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) on pregnancy and postnatal outcomes of babies affected by Down's syndrome in Scotland
      • Supervisors: Rute Vieira, Sohinee Bhattacharya and Rachael Wood (Public Health Scotland). Funded by Medical Research Scotland PhD Studentships and Public Health Scotland
    • Adegoke Alabi (2021 - 2027, part-time): Do rural-dwellers experience cancer symptoms differently?
      • Supervisors: Peter Murchie, Rute Vieira and Julia Allan. Partly funded by Elphinstone Scholarship

N-of-1 research

    • Edward Ryan Payne (2022 - 2026):  Quantifying the tea effect.
      • Supervisors: Baukje de Roos, Rute Vieira and Arno Greyling (Ekaterra). Funded by Unilever/Ekaterra 
    • Tilly Potter (2018 -  2023): Modelling individual responses to healthier diets (MI-DIET) 
      • Supervisors: Baukje de Roos, Frank Thies and Rute Vieira. Funded by BBSRC-Unilever DTP

Past PhD students:

  • Claudia Cunningham (2016 - 2021, part-time): A mixed methods evaluation of the effectiveness of dental school selection in the UK and across Europe. Supervisors: Kirsty Kiezebrink and Rute Vieira

Current MSc students:

  • Felicity Osei (2021 - 2022): Prevalence, mortality and burden of congenital anomalies in Ghana: a time-series analysis of the Global Burden of Disease study estimates (1990-2019)

Past MSc students:

  • Gloire Mbaka Onya (2019-2020): The burden of Diarrheal Diseases in the Democratic Republic of Congo: an analysis of the Global Burden of Disease Study 1990-2017
  • Sarah Tait (2018-2019): Changes in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus burden and risk factors in Venezuela between 2000 and 2017: analysis of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017
  • Mohammed Yisa (2018-2019): Interventions that influence epilepsy outcomes in mitochondrial disease: a systematic review

Funding and Grants

Current and future:
 
  • 2023-2027: RQ5b Drivers and barriers for adopting healthy and sustainable food swaps in young adults (£915,093.13) - Scottish Government - Rural And Environment Research And Analysis Directorate (RESAS)). (Co-I, led by Prof Baukje de Roos - Rowett Institute) 
  • 2021-2025: Impact of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) on pregnancy and postnatal outcomes of babies affected by Down’s syndrome in Scotland (£110,192 - Medical Research Scotland PhD Studentship and Public Health Scotland). (Principal Supervisor, 2nd Supervisors: Dr Sohinee Bhattacharya and Dr Rachael Wood (PHS)) 

Past:

  • 2020: Understanding the individual clinical course of severe COVID-19: a series of n-of-1 studies (£11,670 - Medical Research Scotland COVID-19 Research Grant). (PI, Co-Is: Prof Siladitya Batthacharya and Dr Calum Kaye)
  • 2020: Looking after the elderly during the COVID-19 pandemic: a focus on addressing physical activity, loneliness, and help-seeking behaviour (£48,541 - Scottish Government CSO Rapid Research in Covid-19 programme). (Co-I, led by Dr Kathryn Martin)
  • 2019-2020: The relationship between the UKCAT and overall performance across four UK dental schools - A multi-site study (£5,419 - UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)). (PI)
  • 2019-2020: Person-centred care: identifying clusters of multimorbidity in hospitalised patients (£9,749 - NHS Grampian Endowment Research Grants). (Co-I)
  • 2010-2014: International PhD scholarship SFRH/BD/70050/2010 (103,000€), co-funded by the Portuguese Government and European Commission
  • 2009-2013: National PhD scholarship SFRH/BD/63881/2009 (57,000€), funded by the Portuguese Government
Teaching

Courses

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Applied Statistics (PU5017) - 1st semester (MSc level) - course coordinator and lecturer (2018 - present)
  • Applied Statistics (PU5522) - 2nd semester (MSc level) - lecturer (2018 - present)
  • Understanding and Applying Regression Modelling (PU5559) - 2nd semester (MSc level) - lecturer (Unit: Poisson Regression) (2022 - present)
  • CPD intermediate statistics course for staff - lecturer (2018 - 2019)
  • Statistics course for PhD students - lecturer (2018 - present)

Non-course Teaching Responsibilities

I am part of the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition Ethics Review Board for postgraduate studies (PGT SERB) since 2018 and the Institute of Applied Health Sciences Assessment Panel since 2019.

I am also a personal tutor of eight undergraduates and an advisor of two PhD students.

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