Staff Profiles

Alan Dangour

Alan is the Chief Investigator on the study. He is a lecturer in nutrition-related chronic disease and his research focuses exclusively on nutrition in older people. Alan's work is aimed at attempting to find simple and effective interventions that will help ensure the health and independent living of older people in the UK and around the world.

Liz Allen

Liz is the OPEN study statistician. She has worked as a medical statistician since completing her PhD in Medical Statistics in 2003. Elizabeth previously worked on a cluster randomized trial of sex education (RIPPLE) and her current work includes a study of the use of clotting factors in the treatment of obstetric hemorrhage.

Robert Clark

Robert is an Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine, and Reader in Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine at the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. His research interests include the importance of traditional risk factors (blood pressure and cholesterol) and novel risk factors (homocysteine and genetic markers) for cardiovascular disease and for cognitive impairment through large-scale meta-analyses involving individual participant data from observational studies and trials.

Diana Elbourne

Diana is Professor of Healthcare Evaluation, based in the Medical Statistics Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and contributes her wide expertise as a trialist to the OPAL trial. She also supervises the trial statistician.

Nicky Fasey

Nicky is one of two Senior Research Nurses based at the GPRF and has the nursing lead for OPAL and (currently) 5 other studies. She trained at King's College Hospital, qualifying as an RGN in 1981, later obtaining a BSc(Econ) in Population Studies from the London School of Economics and the Diploma in Health Care Ethics from King's College London. Before joining the GPRF in 1994 she was Research Sister on the ISOLDE (Inhaled Steroids in Obstructive Lung Disease in Europe) Study at University College Hospital and the London Chest Hospital.

Astrid Fletcher

Astrid is a Professor of Epidemiology and Ageing and has substantial experience in carrying out epidemiological studies in the older population including clinical trials. Astrid conducts research all over the world, including the UK, Europe and India, and ran a large trial of community based screening of older people in the UK involving 33,000 patients aged over 75 years.

Louise Letley

Louise Letley is the Senior Nurse Manager at the MRC General Practice Research Framework with overall responsibility for the nursing aspects of Framework studies. Louise developed an interest in research whilst working as a practice research nurse on the British Family Heart Study, a multi-centre trial of primary prevention of CHD. She then worked on several studies at the Department of Cardiac Medicine at the National Heart and Lung Institute before joining the GPRF in 1997.

Kerry Mills

Professor Kerry Mills leads the Academic Clinical Neurophysiology Unit at King's College Hospital. Prof Mills' research interests include muscle disease, muscle fatigue, motor control and the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation to investigate corticospinal function in health and disease. He has published widely on these aspects of neurophysiology with over 220 publications.

Marcus Richards

Marcus is a Medical Research Council scientist based at University College London. He has worked extensively in the field of cognitive ageing, including dementia and has worked with the GPRF on cognitive outcomes in several clinical trials including the Women's International Study of Long-Duration Oestrogen (WISDOM-COG) HRT trial.

Ricardo Uauy

Ricardo is a Professor of Public Health Nutrition and has wide-ranging expertise including basic nutritional science, applied biomedical research, and population-based intervention programmes. He has served as an expert in numerous international expert committees. He is the President of the International Union of Nutrition Sciences. His research interests include essential fatty acid metabolism, childhood obesity, and nutritional needs of older people.

Ken Whyte

Ken is the OPEN Study Manager at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He previously managed several multi centre studies at the MRC General Practice Research Framework and Barts and The London, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry.