Some of our methodology experts at our annual scientific meeting 2016

Why is methodology important?

The Methodology group within the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research is a crucial resource for our research.

Its core role is the sharing of expertise in planning, executing and analysing data from pragmatic trials and implementation research - making sure that the research we do is completed efficiently and to the highest possible standard.

What do we do? 

There is a need to develop innovative methods to test and evaluate new ways of doing research. We are developing clinical trials in asthma using cutting edge designs - such as trials using routine electronic health records.

A key area of focus within the Centre is the development of effective study designs to evaluate digital interventions in the treatment of asthma. Digital tools, such as apps, are a rapidly growing field in health care with the potential to make a significant impact. But there is a need for novel and fast ways to evaluate these new interventions, in order to ensure they deliver maximum patient benefit. 

We are keen to collaborate with groups to share expertise. Please get in touch to find out more about what we do.

Get in touch

Access to experts

The Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research houses a number of methodology experts, specialising in topics from health economic analysis to statistical methodology. We can provide advice on

  • Economic evaluations
  • Which trial methodology to use
  • Trial design and implementation
  • Data sharing

If you are planning a trial within the Centre and would like some advice, please contact us.

Contact us


External links and training opportunities

UKCRC Registered Clinical Trials Network: General information on clinical trials units in the UK

MRC Hubs for Trials Methodology Research: Workshops, conferences and courses held across the UK

UK Clinical Research Facility Network: General training opportunities

University of Edinburgh: Clinical Trials MSc

University of Edinburgh: Short courses run by the Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility Education Programme

Queen Mary University of London: Courses and events

University of Sheffield: short courses

Key People

Steff Lewis Headshot
Steff Lewis
Lead: Methodology in Asthma Trials
Sandra Eldridge Headshot
Sandra Eldridge
Lead: Methodology in Asthma Trials
Chris Newby Headshot
Chris Newby
Lecturer, Methodology Platform
Chris Tuck
Chris Tuck
Research Fellow



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