Meet the team
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Dr David Blane

Clinical Research Fellow in General Practice & Primary Care

I am the ReDIRECT co-PI with Emilie, and will focus on understanding participants’ experiences of taking part in the ReDIRECT study.

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Prof Emilie Combet

Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Glasgow

My research focuses on the role of diet and nutrition in shaping healthy life trajectories. I am the ReDIRECT co-PI with David, and will focus on the delivery of the trial.

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Prof Mike Lean

Professor of Human Nutrition, and consultant physician at Glasgow Royal Infirmary

I helped the Counterweight Ltd team to develop its really effective diet programme, and used it to get remissions of type 2 diabetes in the DiRECT trial.

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Prof Kate O’Donnell

Professor of Primary Care Research & Development at the University of Glasgow

I study people’s views of their health and use of services and how primary care services are delivered. I will focus on people’s views of taking part in ReDIRECT.

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Prof Naveed Sattar

Professor/Honorary Consultant (Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences)

I have an extensive research background within the University of Glasgow and am currently involved in several lifestyle and drug trials in diabetes and cardiovascular disease. I will contribute to the medical evaluation and reporting of the trial.

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Prof Alex McConnachie

Professor of Clinical Trial Biostatistics

I have worked on the design and analysis of randomised trials for over 25 years, including the original DiRECT study in type 2 diabetes. I will be responsible for the analysis of the data collected as part of ReDIRECT.

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Dr Tracy Ibbotson

Public and Patient Involvement and Engagement Lead, MVLS

I help members of the public, patients and carers to work with researchers to prioritise and shape research. I will focus on supporting people with long covid to be involved in planning this project

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Prof Emma McIntosh

Professor of Health Economics

I am Professor of Health Economics based at the Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment team at the University of Glasgow. I have led a large number of economic evaluations across different disease areas and will lead the economic evaluation within REDIRECT.

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Ms Jane Ormerod

Lay Member

I have been living with Long Covid for 15 months. I have a background in health care, education and research

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Mr Chris White

Lay member

I have been living with Long Covid for over a year now and have a background of public involvement in health research.

Ms Diann Taggart

Project Manager

I have worked on a variety of research projects sponsored by NHSGG&C, and my role within the study will be to focus on the initial set up and regulatory approvals of the trial.

Mrs Louise Haggerty

Project Manager

I have worked on a variety of research projects sponsored by NHSGG&C, and my role within the study will be project managing the day-to-day administrative tasks and funder reporting

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Ms Laura Haag

Research Assistant

I work as a Research Assistant in the Department of Human Nutrition. I will be part of the core team delivering the trial and one of the main contacts for participants along with my colleague Janice Richardson. 

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Mrs Janice Richardson

Research Associate

I work as a Project Manager at the Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences, contributing to the coordination and project management of industry and research agency-sponsored clinical trials/studies led by Professor Naveed Sattar. Along with fellow Research Associate Laura Haag, I will be contributing to the NIHR-funded project ReDIRECT and will be one of the main contacts for participants. 

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Dr Yvonne Cunningham

Research Associate

I am an experienced researcher with expertise in using Normalization Process Theory in the evaluation of healthcare interventions. I will be working on the qualitative aspects of the evaluation of ReDIRECT.

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Ms Heather Fraser

Research Associate

I am a Research Associate in the Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment research group at the University of Glasgow. I will be working on the economic evaluation alongside the ReDIRECT trial to estimate cost-effectiveness of the intervention. 

Robertson Centre for Biostatistics team

Prof Alex McConnachie
Professor of Clinical Trial Biostatistics

Ms Claire Brunton
Project Manager

Ms Elizabeth Thomson
Senior Project Manager

Mr Christopher Graham
Application Programmer/Developer

Ms Shabana Khan
Senior Application Programmer

Mr Robbie Wilson
Senior System Developer

Mr Bernard Kelly
Clinical Database Manager

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Counterweight Ltd.

Counterweight is our commercial partner delivering the weight management programme.