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Professor Kerry Hood

Professor Kerry Hood

Director, Centre for Trials Research

+44 (0)29 2068 7163
7th Floor, Neuadd Meirionnydd, Heath Park
Available for postgraduate supervision


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 320 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 with Dr Katie Gillies (University of Aberdeen).

Within the Centre I am the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Lead for Disability.


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

& Teaching)

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

Professional memberships

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

Current supervision

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Adam Williams

Research student

Past projects

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