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Dr Karen Rees

Job Title
Associate Professor (Research Focussed)
WMS - Warwick Clinical Trials Unit
02476 151186
Research Interests

Research interests relate to: health services research, systematic reviews, epidemiology, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, sleep, wellbeing and mindfulness


Karen is an Associate Professor and joined Warwick Medical School in January 2010. Her primary role is to provide advice on research methodology for the Warwick hub of the West Midlands Research Design Service (RDS WM), and more generally to contribute to research within the Medical School. She is currently leading the Warwick hub of the RDS WM having previously been Deputy Director. Since arriving at Warwick she has also been successful in becoming the Principal Investigator on a NIHR Cochrane Programme grant, acquiring incentive funding to update Cochrane reviews, as well as being co-applicant on a number of projects. Karen has considerable experience of performing systematic reviews and most recently worked in the voluntary sector writing systematic reviews for Parkinson's UK. Prior to this she spent several years working at the Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol performing systematic reviews for the Cochrane Heart Group as well as being actively involved in several primary research projects within the department. During this period Karen was successful in obtaining a Wellcome Trust Fellowship in Health Services Research (HSR) which enabled her to gain further training in HSR by obtaining an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2003. Karen has held postdoctoral positions in Respiratory Medicine in both the Universities of Liverpool and Edinburgh. She gained her PhD in 1995 which was clinically based and examined the control of respiration during wakefulness and sleep. Her first degree was in Biological and Biochemical Sciences.

Karen's teaching roles include personal tutoring for MBChB students and coaching and mentoring within Health Sciences.

Internal Awards

Effective lifestyle interventions to treat overweight and obesity in children aged 6 - 12 years. Meta/summary Review of effective interventions to treat overweight and obesity in children and adolescents. Warwick Impact Fund, £7625.91. July 2017

  • Rees, Karen, Lawlor, D. A., Ebrahim, S., 2000. A national contract on coronary heart disease. In Contributors to the Cochrane collaboration and the Campbell collaboration. Evidence from systematic reviews of research relevant to implementing the ?wider public health? agenda, NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination. CRD Publications Office, pp. 1-43
Title Funder Award start Award end
Research Design Service renewal 2018 National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Oct 2018 30 Sep 2023
Centres for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West Midlands (CLAHRC WM), Theme 3 Prevention and Detection Department of Health 01 Jan 2014 31 Dec 2018
NIHR Research Design Service West Midlands, Warwick Hub National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Oct 2013 30 Sep 2018
Gatekeeping in intensive care: Understanding and improving the decision-making process surrounding admission to the intensive care unit. National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Feb 2015 31 Jan 2018
NIHR Cochrane programme grant: Lifestyle and pharmacological interventions for the primary prevention of Cardiovascular Disease National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Apr 2011 31 Mar 2015
British Lung Foundation via Coventry University: Delivery of standardised self management (SPACE) at the time of discharge after an acute exacerbation of COPD - is it effective? British Lung Foundation 01 Jan 2012 30 Jun 2013
NIHR RfPB via University Hospitals Leicester: A Self-Management Programme of ACtivity Coping and Eeducation (SPACE) for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: is it effective in primary care? National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Apr 2010 31 Mar 2013