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Professor Kerry Woolfall BA; MA; PhD

Professor Public Health, Policy & Systems


Personal Statement

I am a Professor in Health Research Methodology with a social science background who is based within the Department of Public Health, Policy and Systems.

My research focusses on exploring clinicians and patient perspectives’ to inform the design and conduct of health research. This includes leading research and guidance to inform clinical trials without prior consent in emergency and critical care situations.

My roles include:
Member of the Health Research Authority National Research and Ethics Panel (NREAP)
Chair of the Institute of Population Health (IPH) Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Committee
Leadership and Mentoring lead as part of the Athena Swan SAT committee
Research Excellence Framework Environment working group and for UoA2 and member of the UoA2 project committee
Widening Participation Lead for IPH
Lead/co investigator on numerous national and international studies
Chair of the European Commission funded Brain Involvement in Dystrophinopathies: BIND study ethics board
Member of the Paediatric Emergency Research in the UK and Ireland (PERUKI) collaboration
Supervisor/co-supervisor for 4 PhD and 3 DClin students
Line-manager, mentor and career coach for staff in my Institute

Prizes or Honours

  • A wrinkle in time: Research without prior consent- the journey. (2019)
  • Evaluation of the feasibility of a trial assessing the clinical and cost-effectiveness of a more permissive temperature threshold for institution of antipyretic management of fever in critically ill children: the FEVER Trial (Paediatric Intensive Care Society, 2018)
  • A qualitative feasibility study to inform fluids in shock (fish) - a pilot randomised controlled trial of fluid bolus therapy in septic shock. 30th Paediatric Intensive Care society Annual Scientific Meeting. Southampton, UK, 3rd October 2016 (Paediatric Intensive Care Society, 2016)

Funded Fellowships

  • Post Doctoral Fellowship in Biomedical Ethics (Wellcome Trust, 2012)