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Dr Julie Bruce



Professorial Fellow


WMS - Warwick Clinical Trials Unit
University of Warwick
Tel: 02476 151128

Research Interests

Julie's main interests relate to surgical epidemiology, clinical trials and systematic reviews. She is an epidemiologist and with an interest in surgical and patient-reported outcomes. Julie is Chief Investigator for the multicenter PROSPER Trial, funded by NIHR HTA (£1.4 million), investigating the prevention of shoulder problems after breast cancer surgery. She is co-applicant on a number of NIHR-funded clinical trials and programme grants: WOLLF, WHIST, BOOST Programme Grant (University of Oxford) and STAR Programme Grant (University of Bristol). She is also co-applicant on a 15-year national Scottish cohort study to monitor outcomes after bariatric surgery (University of Glasgow). She is Editor of the Cochrane Wounds Group and collaborates with other research groups investigating risk factors for chronic pain after surgery (Canada/Denmark/Netherlands).


Julie graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a BSc Health Sciences and an MSc in Health Services & Public Health Research. She completed a PhD in Public Health in 2004. She was awarded an MRC Training Fellowship to investigate the measurement & monitoring of surgical outcomes (2005-2007). She worked as epidemiologist on studies investigating the healthcare associated infection in UK/Europe, systematic reviews and cohort studies investigating surgical outcomes. Her research focused upon identifying risk factors for chronic pain after surgery, including breast cancer, cardiac and inguinal hernia surgery. She is also co-author on Cochrane reviews registered with the Breast Cancer, Upper GI, Anesthesia & Bone, Joint & Muscle Trauma groups. Julie joined Warwick CTU in 2010 to work on the Prevention of Falls Injury Trial. She is research lead on this multicentre cluster-RCT aiming to prevent falls in older adults (CI: Prof Sallie Lamb).

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Post Graduate Supervision

  • Variation in management of older women with breast cancer
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