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Professor of Health Services Research, University of Aberdeen

Shaun is a professor and joined the Unit in 2013 via a meandering path to health services research. He trained as a physicist and then did a bioengineering PhD involving lasers, blood and bits of skin. Then came health informatics, amputee rehabilitation and a move to Oslo, followed by eight years at the University of Dundee and for the last three years there was Assistant Director of the Tayside Clinical Trials Unit.

He is working on initiatives to improve the efficiency of trials, particularly Trial Forge ( and is active in pragmatic trial design, the design and pre-trial testing of complex interventions and interventions to improve recruitment to trials. Finally, research evidence is only useful if people can understand it and through the DECIDE project, Shaun is trying to improve the way research is presented in guidelines intended for anyone interested in making an informed healthcare choice.


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    Prof, Professor of Health Services Research