Denise Howel
Senior Lecturer

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  • Telephone: 0191 208 7381/7245
  • Address: Institute of Health and Society
    Baddiley Clark Building
    Richardson Road
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE2 4AX


I am a statistician by background and have been at Newcastle University since 1992. I have considerable experience of the design and analysis of clinical trials and epidemiological studies. 

Roles and Responsibilities

* Commissioning Board Member NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme

* Faculty Medical Sciences Ethics Committee 

* Statistical advisor to Research Design Service (North East)


  BSc Mathematics & Statistics University of London 1976
  MSc Statistics University of London 1977
  Chartered Statistician 2000

Previous Positions

  Lecturer in Medical Statistics, Leeds University 1985-1992

  Research Associate, Newcastle University 1982-1985

  Temporary Lecturer, University of Wales 1980-1981

  Statistician , Unilever Research 1977-1979 


Research Interests

Medical Statistics
Public Health

 Current Research Projects

DO-WELL : Randomised controlled trial, economic and qualitative process evaluation of domiciliary welfare right advice  

EXTRAS : a trial to evaluate an extended rehabilitation service for stroke patients

RATULS: a trial to evaluate robot assisted training and physiotherapy for upper limb deficiency after stroke

BRILiANT : a pilot trial of intensive rapid blood pressure lowering for persistent depression

RITPBC : trial of Rituximab as a treatment for fatigue in Primary Biliary Cirrhosis 

MAPHAR : EU-funded study to develop an MSc in Public Health in Syrian Universities 

MultICath:  Development and clinical trial of a mixed catheter management package for users of intermittent catherterisation 

VIOLET:  visually impaired older people's exercise programme for falls prevention: a feasibility study


  Esteem Indicators

Medical Research Council - College of Experts

Dept of Health - Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment 2000-2009

National Institute for Health Research- Service Delivery & Organisation - Commissioning Board Member 2009-2011

National Institute for Health Research- Health Service and Delivery Research - HDR Commissioning Board Member 2012-2015

NIHR Stroke Research Network Acute Clinical Studies Group - Member 2012-2015 

 Postgraduate Supervision

Co-supervisor of Shaikhah Alfajjam (Newcastle University) 



Undergraduate Teaching

SFY0002 Basic Statistics - module leader & lecturer

Postgraduate Teaching

MSc Public Health and Health Services Research

  HSC8036 Health Statistics - module leader & lecturer

  HSC8029 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods  - lecturer