Centre for Oral Health Research

Staff Profile

Professor Luke Vale

Health Foundation Chair in Health Economics


I am a researcher with an international reputation in economic evaluation and health technology assessment and have contributed significantly to the growth in the use of systematic reviews and economic modelling in this field.  This expertise is built on over 20 years of health economics experience.  I currently hold the Health Foundation Chair in Health Economics at Newcastle University where I lead the Health Economics Group (http://research.ncl.ac.uk/healtheconomicsgroup/).  Prior to joining Newcastle University I led an independent academic group that conducted appraisals of new and existing diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

I am the Chairman of the joint economic methods group of the international Cochrane and Campbell Collaborations (http://methods.cochrane.org/economics/) which develop the methods and conduct systematic reviews of interventions in health care and other policy areas.  I have considerable managerial and supervisory experience and a proven record in attracting research funds, completing projects to a high standard and in a timely fashion.  I have extensive links with policy makers and researchers throughout the UK and internationally.  Since 2000, I have secured approximately £70 million in research fund including a substantial number as Principal Investigator.  In addition, I have a strong publication record with nearly 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 4 books, 15 book chapters and almost 100 other significant reports.

Key research interests are:

  • Economic evaluation as part of randomised controlled trials and Health Technology Assessments for national and international agencies such as NICE
  • Use of economic evaluation techniques in the design of complex interventions and health technologies
  • Development of methods for the incorporation of discrete choice experiments and willingness to pay estimates into economic evaluation 

Area of expertise

  • Health economics
  • Health technology assessment

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