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To boldly go: The Journeys of a Clinical Trialist

Professor Sallie Lamb

Sallie Lamb

17 June 2008

Sallie qualified in 1986 from Salford School of Physiotherapy, and has worked in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. She was

awarded an MSc in Rehabilitation with Distinction from Southampton University in 1991, and a DPhil from Oxford University in 1998. She was awarded a Harkness Fellowship in 1995 to study fall and disability prevention in older people in the United States of America. She is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.

Her current position at the University of Warwick is that of Professor of Rehabilitation and she holds in addition the Kadoorie Professorship of Trauma Rehabilitation at the University of Oxford. She was awarded a National Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator Award in 2008 in recognition of outstanding contributions to patient centred research in the National Health Service.

Professor Lamb's research interests span clinical trials methodology, with particular application in gerontology, musculo-skeletal sciences, physiotherapy and more laterly, critical and emergency healthcare.

The randomised controlled trial has become the most important experimental design in medical sciences and many aspects of health policy evaluation. Professor Lamb's Inaugural Lecture will chart the development of large scale trials of complex interventions in the NHS, and the many methodological challenges faced in designing, running, and disseminating the results of such trials.