Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research


Supporting and driving forward excellence in research methodology

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.

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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 course 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 

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Steff Lewis

Beth Stuart

Beth Stuart

Lead: Methodology in Asthma Trials Lead: Methodology in Asthma Trials
Based at: University of Edinburgh Based at: Queen Mary University London
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Florian Tomini

Florian Tomini

Health Economist and Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research Methodology Group Convener
Based at: Queen Mary University London
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