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Professor Julie Bruce

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WMS - Warwick Clinical Trials Unit
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Research Interests

Julie's interests relate to clinical trials, surgical epidemiology and systematic reviews. Her main interests are surgical and patient-reported outcomes. Julie is Chief Investigator for the multicenter HTA-funded PROSPER Trial, investigating the prevention of shoulder problems after breast cancer surgery. She is co-applicant on a number of other ongoing or recently completed NIHR-funded clinical trials and programme grants: WOLLF, WHIST, BOOST Programme Grant (Oxford), STAR Programme Grant (Bristol) and a national Scottish cohort study to monitor outcomes after bariatric surgery (Glasgow). She is Editor of the Cochrane Wounds Group and collaborates with other international research groups investigating risk factors for chronic pain after surgery. She is CTU Academic Lead for research degrees. Julie has published over 100 papers (H index: 33).


Julie graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a BSc & then 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. She worked as epidemiologist on studies investigating the healthcare associated infection in UK/Europe & various surgical cohort studies. Her research has focused on risk factors for acute and 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 (PreFIT), a multicentre cluster-RCT aiming to prevent falls and fractures in older adults (CI: Prof Sallie Lamb, Oxford).

  • Bruce, J. (Julie), 2010. Post-surgical pain. In Chronic Pain Epidemiology, Oxford University Press, pp. 235-248
  • Bruce, Julie, Mesters, Ilse, Hadlandsmyth, Katherine, Peters, Madelon L., 2019. Prediction and prevention of emotional and physical problems in breast cancer survivors. Psychosomatic Medicine, Vancouver, Canada, 06 Mar - 06 Mar 2019
Title Funder Award start Award end
NIHR HTA Second Stage: Exercise training in pulmonary hypertension National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Jun 2019 31 Aug 2022
Surgical Obesity Treatment Study (SCOTS) National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Jan 2012 30 Jun 2021
BOOST - Better Outcomes for Older people with Spinal Trouble National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Apr 2015 31 Mar 2021
fEC-00178-PGfAR STAR- Chronic pain after total knee replacement: better post-operative prevention and management. National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Feb 2015 31 Jan 2020
Exercise to prevent shoulder conditions in patients undergoing breast cancer treatment. The PRevention Of Shoulder Problems Study (PROSPER) National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Mar 2015 28 Feb 2019
Wound Healing in Surgery for Trauma Trial A Randomised Controlled Trial of standard wound management versus negative pressure wound therapy in the treatment of adult patients having surgical incisions for major trauma to the lower limb. WHIST via Oxford National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Jan 2016 31 Dec 2018
Research Capacity Funding support to the HTA PROSPER project University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust 01 Jun 2014 31 Dec 2017
Wound management of Open Lower Limb Fractures (WOLLF) - full proposal National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Mar 2012 28 Feb 2017
NIHR PDG (FULL) via University of Bristol: Chronic pain after total knee replacement surgery: better post-operative prevention and management National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Oct 2012 30 Sep 2013