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Dr Simon Gates

Job Title
Professor of Clinical Trials
WMS - Warwick Clinical Trials Unit
02476 575850
Research Interests

My main research interests are in evaluation of health care using randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews. Currently most of the projects I am involved in are concerned with musculoskeletal injuries, critical care or emergency medicine. I am also involved in research into the methodology of clinical trials and systematic reviews and statistical methods in medical research.


I originally trained as a zoologist, completing a BSc in Zoology at the University of Brstol and a PhD in Ecology at Imperial College before changing direction and studying mathematics and statistics with the Open University. I worked for eight years as Trials Statistician at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Oxford University, and for two years (part time) at the School of Health and Social Care, Oxford Brookes University, before joining the Warwick Medical School Clinical Trials Unit in May 2005. I am also Statistical Advisor to the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group, based at the University of Liverpool.

Title Funder Award start Award end
Biomarker-guided duration of antibiotic treatment in hospitalised patients with moderate or severe sepsis. NIHR HTA via Salford Royal Infirmary: 15/99 National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Apr 2017 31 Jul 2022
A Randomised, Efficient, Adaptive Clinical Trial in Surgery: Assessment of a Biodegradeable Spacer for Tears of the RotAtor Cuff Tendons (STARTS:REACTS) National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Jan 2018 31 Jan 2022
NIHR EME via UHB: STudy into the REversal of Septic Shock with Beta Blockade (STRESS-BB) National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Jun 2017 30 Jul 2021
NIHR HTA Induction of labour at 39 weeks for predicted macrosomia National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Jan 2018 30 Jun 2021
Full Randomised Controlled Trial of Arthroscopic Surgery for Hip Impingement versus best Conventional care UK FASHIoN 2 National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Apr 2014 31 Jul 2019
EU FP7 Health 2013 - FULL Proposal: MILESTONE EU 01 Feb 2014 30 Apr 2019
MRC Methodology- Bayesian adaptive methodology for HTA trials MRC 01 Oct 2016 31 Mar 2019
Cochrane Study via Liverpool National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 04 Jul 2015 03 Jul 2018
Anticoagulants to improve live birth in women with recurrent miscarriage and inherited thrombophilia: the ALIFE2 trial National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 May 2015 30 Apr 2018
Wound management of Open Lower Limb Fractures (WOLLF) - full proposal National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Mar 2012 28 Feb 2017
Full Application: Protocolised trial of invaisive and non-invaisive weaning off ventilation The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) 01 Jul 2012 31 Dec 2016
Production of Technology Assessment Reviews (TARs) for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) HTA National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Apr 2011 31 Mar 2016
Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Registry Resuscitation Council (UK) 01 Apr 2012 31 Mar 2015
HTA Paramedic: Prehospital Randomised Assessment of a Mechanical Compression Device in Cardiac Arrest National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Jun 2009 31 Aug 2013
NIHR RfPB via Watford General Hospital: HOPE Trial - Haloperidol vs placebo in critically ill ventilated patients National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 May 2010 30 Apr 2013
BALTI-2 Study Subvention Department of Health 03 Dec 2007 30 Sep 2012
Beta Agonist Lung Injury Trial 2 (BALTI-2) Full Application MRC 01 Oct 2007 30 Sep 2012
NIHR Research Methods Fellowship National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Sep 2009 31 Aug 2012
RfPB via Heartlands NHS Trust: Balti Prevention Study. Full Clinical Trial Birmingham Heartlands Hospital NHS Trust (Teaching) 01 Aug 2009 31 Jul 2012
Ankle Study of Fracture Treatment in the Older Adult Department of Health 01 May 2008 30 Apr 2011
Scoping Exercise on faller clinics NHS Service Delivery and Organisation 01 May 2006 31 Oct 2006