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Main tasks in the project

Our main tasks within the project will be to support specific methodological aspects of the proposal across WP1-4 along the HA3 axis. In particular, we will contribute to the measurement of services and resources task in WP2, drawing on our extensive experience in the area of costing methodology research.

Expertise of staff members involved

  • Prof. William Hollingworth (Principal Investigator)

    Prof. William Hollingworth is Professor of Health Economics, and leads the Health Economics at the University of Bristol (HEB) group. He is deputy director of the MRC Network of Hubs for Trials Methodology Research ConDuCT-II Hub. He has extensive experience of conducting economic evaluations alongside clinical trials, particularly in the areas of diagnostic testing. He has been a co-applicant on numerous successful clinical trial funding bids, and a partner and WP lead on the EU H2020 project ULTRADIAN.

  • Dr Sian Noble

    Dr Sian Noble is a Senior Lecturer in Health Economics. She is chair of the MRC Health Economic Resource Use and Costs Working Group, and has extensive experience of economic evaluation alongside clinical trials, particularly in the areas of orthopaedics and urology. She has been a co-applicant on numerous successful clinical trial funding bids.

  • Dr Joanna Thorn

    Dr Joanna Thorn is a Senior Research Associate in Health Economics. She has a master’s degree in Health Economics and Health Policy. Her research focuses on improving the methods by which we collect resource-use data from patients in randomised controlled trials and on improving costing methodology in general. She has been a co-applicant and lead applicant on a number of MRC methodology funding bids, and has experience of working on applied economic evaluations.

  • Kirsty Garfield

    Kirsty Garfield is a Research Associate in Health Economics. She has worked on a number of economic evaluations alongside randomised controlled trials, and is currently studying for a PhD in economic evaluation methodology.