Professor Kerry Hood
Director, Centre for Trials Research
I am Professor of Trials and the Director of the UKCRC Registered Centre for Trials Research at Cardiff University. I am a Senior Research Leader and mentor for Health and Care Research Wales.
I have a degree and PhD in Statistics and have worked in medical statistics since 1996. I spent the first part of my career focused on research in primary care and then in 2006 established the South East Wales Trials Unit and started to develop a broader research portfolio. My specific methodological research interests are in trial design, outcome measurement and research inclusion with a particular focus on complex trials, whilst the topic areas I mainly focus on are primary care, infections and learning disabilities.
I collaborate widely across the UK and Europe on research studies from a broad range of funders including NIHR, UKRI, HCRW, EU and industry. I have over 300 peer reviewed research publications and currently hold £35M of research grants. I am a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Society for Academic Primary Care. I co-lead the Trial Conduct Working Group of the MRC-NIHR Trial Methodology Research Partnership.
I am keen to develop career pathways for researchers and am a mentor on the Society for Academic Primary Care PHoCuS (Primary Healthcare Scientists) mentoring scheme. I also mentor undergraduate medical students and early career researchers.
Current and previous positions
2015 – present Prof of Trials and Director of the Centre for Trials Research, College of Biomedical & Life Sciences, Cardiff University
2009 – 2015 Professor of Statistics, School of Medicine Cardiff University
2006 – 2014 Director, South East Wales Trials Unit, School of Medicine, Cardiff University
2012 - 2013 Deputy Director, Insititute for Translation, Innovation & Methods, School of Medicine, Cardiff University
2010 - 2011 Deputy Head of Department of Primary Care & Public Health, School of Medicine, Cardiff University
2007-2009 Reader in Statistics, School of Medicine (Primary Care and Public Health), Cardiff University
2002-2007 Senior Lecturer in Statistics, School of Medicine (General Practice), Cardiff University.
1997-2002 Lecturer in Statistics, School of Medicine (General Practice), University of Wales College of Medicine
1996-1997 Lecturer in Medical Statistics, School of Medicine (Medical Computing & Statistics), University of Wales College of Medicine
Qualifications & Professional Attributions
2016 Health & Care Research Wales Senior Research Leader
2013 NISCHR Senior Faculty
2002 Member of the Higher Education Academy (formerly the Institute of Learning
2002 Chartered Statistician Royal Statistical Society
1998 PhD ‘Statistical Aspects of Method Comparison Studies’, School of
Mathematics, Cardiff University
1993 BSc (Hons) 1st class, Statistics and Management Science Techniques, Cardiff
Honours and awards
2011 - Leading Wales award for Leadership in the Public Sector
2017 - Cardiff University, Celebrating Excellence Award for Leadership
Research paper awards
2019 RCGP Research Paper of the Year Overall and Category 1 - Clincial Research
C-Reactive Protein Testing to Guide Antibiotic Prescribing for COPD Exacerbations. Butler CC, Gillespie D, White P, Bates J, Lowe R, Thomas-Jones E, Wootton M, Hood K, Phillips R, Melbye H, Llor C, Cals JWL, Naik G, Kirby N, Gal M, Riga E, Francis NA.N Engl J Med. 2019 Jul 11;381(2):111-120. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1803185.
2016 RCGP Research Paper of the year Category 3: Children, Reproduction, genetics, infections
Hay AD, Sterne JA, Hood K, Little P, Delaney B, Hollingworth W, et al. Improving the Diagnosis and Treatment of Urinary Tract Infection in Young Children in Primary Care: Results from the DUTY Prospective Diagnostic Cohort Study. Annals of family medicine. 2016;14(4):325-36.
2015 RCGP Research Paper of the year Category 3: Children, Reproduction, genetics, infections
Butler CC, O'Brien K, Pickles T, Hood K, Wootton M, Howe R, Waldron CA, Thomas-Jones E, Hollingworth W, Little P, Van Der Voort J, Dudley J, Rumsby K, Downing H, Harman K, Hay AD; DUTY study team. Childhood urinary tract infection in primary care: a prospective observational study of prevalence, diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Br J Gen Pract. 2015 Apr;65(633):e217-23
Fellow & Chartered Statistician of the Royal Statistical Society
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
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I am interested in supervising projects in:
- Trial Methodology
- Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance
- Inclusivity in Research
Previous recent PGR projects:
Deciding about research for others: normative, empirical, and legal accounts of proxy decision-making for research and the development of a decision support intervention, Dr VIctoria Shepherd, awarded 2019
Measuring child maltreatment in community-based trials, Dr Gwenllian Moody, awarded 2019
Medication Adherence in Clinical Research and Associated Methodological Challenges, Dr David Gillespie, awarded 2016