Kaitlyn Hair


  • BSc (Hons) Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Glasgow, 2012-2016
  • Research assistant, CAMARADES, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh, 2016-2017
  • PhD, CAMARADES (Edinburgh) & Janssen Pharmaceutica (Belgium), 2017-present

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Chair, ScotSci Edinburgh 
  • Social Media and Blogs Editor, BMJ Open Science
  • Organising committee, European Neuroscience Conference for Doctoral Students 2020/21

Research summary

I conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses of experiments in animal models of neurodegenerative diseases to identify knowledge gaps, drive research improvement, and gain a better understanding of the factors within experiments which may influence whether findings translate to the human condition.  I am also interested in developing and applying automation tools to help researchers synthesise and evaluate evidence from publications with less manual effort.  

Project activity

Systematic Review projects in transgenic Alzheimer's disease models 

Throughout my PhD, I have lead the design and conduct of 3 systematic review projects (as part of the EQIPD IMI consortia) focussing on different outcomes: The open field test paradigm, sleep/wake EEG, and synaptic plasticity (measured in hippocampal slices). 

  • Open-field test review protocol - DOI 10.17605/OSF.IO/E4WBF
  • Sleep/wake EEG review protocol - DOI 10.17605/OSF.IO/PKWH8
  • Synaptic plasicity review  protocol - DOI 10.17605/OSF.IO/GFCVU

Automated systematic search deduplicator (ASySD)

I created a web application designed to de-duplicate large search results from multiple databases for systematic reviews.