Research opportunities at University of Exeter Medical School for Academic Foundation Doctors

Below are the names and area of expertise.

Tamsin Ford Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
The group of researchers that Tamsin leads studies the
effectiveness of services and interventions to support
the mental health and wellbeing of children and young
people with an increasing focus on schools. The focus
extends from the study of patterns of service use and access,
to service organisation, the accurate identification of psychopathology and the generation or synthesis of evidence for interventions directly with families or indirectly through practitioners working with children.
Tamsin Ford


Rose McCabe Mental Health
Rose's research encompasses basic and applied research in mental health care. This work focuses on analysing
treatment processes, in particular clinical consultations, to identify challenges along with effective communication. She uses multiple methods to analyse communication (i.e. conversation analysis, 3D motion capture, computational linguistic techniques). These analyses form the basis for
novel interventions to improve communication (including patient involvement in decision making), therapeutic relationships and patient outcomes in healthcare.
Rose McCabe


Chris Dickens Mental Health
Chris’s research encompasses the assessment of common mental disorders (depression and anxiety) among people with long term physical health problems, in primary and secondary care and the impact of such depression on physical and psychological outcomes, among people with medical illnesses, particularly in heart disease and diabetes.
Chris Dickens


Lora Fleming Lora is the lead at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (www.ecehh.org).
We are an interdisciplinary group of researchers based in the Knowledge Spa at the Truro Health and Wellbeing Campus in Cornwall which we share with Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust (RCHT). We interested in approaching the interactions between the environment and human health, both the risks and the benefits, using a highly interdisciplinary approach. Therefore, we are have active research projects ranging from exploring antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the environment to health and wellbeing in the natural environment to the use of technology to support eHealth/e-Wellbeing. We collaborate with the UK Met Office, Public Health England (PHE), and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as many businesses, social enterprises and community groups. We have a Masters in Environment and Health and an Environment and Health pathway with the BSc Medical Science as well as active PhD/MD supervisions and frequent international visitors.
Lora Fleming


Linda Clare Dementia and ageing
PenCLAHRC, UEMS and clinical
psychology http://psychology.exeter.ac.uk/reach/
Linda Clare


Rob Anderson ESMI (evidence synthesis and modelling for health improvement) http://medicine.exeter.ac.uk/esmi/
Rob Anderson


John Campbell Primary Care.
John’s personal research interests focus on improving access and patient experience of Primary Care, Quality Assessment of Clinical Medicine (including an
academic interest in multisource feedback within the
context of revalidation of all UK doctors), Cardiovascular Risk Assessment and mitigation, in particular with studies
focussing on inter-arm difference in blood pressure and
early Diabetes, and provision of mental health care for
patients in Primary care settings.
John Campbell

Martinez Valderas Primary Care.
Martinez’s main areas of expertise are in
patient centred care, with a particular focus on the use of measures of Patient Reported Outcomes and Experiences (development, adaptation, application, interpretation and clinical applications of PROMs, qualitative methods for
content generation, psychometrics and quantitative
analyses (classical test theory and Item Response Theory Models), and appraisal of instruments), multi- and
co-morbidity and quality and safety in Primary Care.
Martinez Valderas

Dave Richards 
Health services research into the effectiveness of low-intensity psychological treatments for depression.
The effectiveness of organisational delivery models such as collaborative care and stepped care in the treatment of depression. Complex interventions research methods.
Nursing as a complex intervention. Essential nursing care.
Dave Richards


Chris Hyde
Chris’s broad research specialisms are Systematic reviews and meta-analysis. Health economic modelling.
Health technology assessment. Test evaluation. Research dissemination. Health policy making.
Chris Hyde


Sian Ellard
Sian’s research interests include monogenic diabetes (with Professor Andrew Hattersley), congenital hyperinsulinism and applying next generation sequencing technology for disease gene discovery and improved diagnostic tests.
Sian Ellard


Chris Scotton
Chris is a senior lecturer with UEMS with a particular research interest in lung pathology.
Chris Scotton


Andrew Randall
Andrew’s research encompassed neurological diseases which cause dementia. For example Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and frontotemporal dementia functional deficits arise as a result of changes to the electrical activity that occurs in neuronal networks.
Andrew Randall


Jonathan Brown
Jonathan’s research specialisms are models of dementia and psychiatric disease. In vitro brain slice electrophysiology.
In vivo electrophysiology. Synaptic and intrinsic neurophysiology
Jonathan Brown


Rachel Freathy
Rachel’s research projects include: Genome-wide association studies to identify fetal and maternal genetic variants that influence offspring birth weight. Using genetics to identify causality in associations between maternal quantitative traits and offspring birth weight. Using genetics to understand the relative roles of fasting glucose and type 2 diabetes susceptibility in gestational diabetes mellitus.
Rachel Freathy 

Kate Ellacott
Kate's broad research interest is in understanding how the brain controls food intake and body weight (energy homeostasis). In particular her research is focused on how different cell types in the brain (neurons, microglia, astrocytes and endothelial cells) coordinate and interact to regulate these processes.
Kate Ellacott

Jonathan Mill
Jonathan‘s group takes an integrated genetic-epigenetic approach to complex disease phenotypes, and has considerable experience in high-throughput epigenomic profiling. www.epigenomicslab.com
Jonathan Mill

Timothy Frayling
Tim and his colleagues focus on using genome wide approaches to identify genetic variation associated with common human disease and quantitative phenotypes and translating that knowledge into an improved understanding of disease biology. They are members of several large collaborations that are continuing to identify more variants in the human genome that influence important human traits.
Timothy Frayling

Matt Whiteman
Matt’s major research interest focuses on the role of hydrogen sulfide in heath and disease, in particular diabetes and mitochondrial / vascular / neurovascular health and how endogenous hydrogen sulfide synthesis can be manipulated for optimal health and disease treatment/prevention.
Matt Whiteman

Andrew Hattersley
Andrew is an outstanding clinical scientist, who is distinguished for his contributions to the understanding of the genetics of diabetes and the application of that knowledge to clinical practice. He and Prof Sian Ellard set up and currently head the premier international research team working on monogenic diabetes and has played a major role in the UK research effort into the genetics of type 2 diabetes.
Andrew Hattersley

Sarah Flanagan
Sarah’s broad research interests are Gene discovery and genotype/phenotype relationships in neonatal diabetes and congenital hyperinsulinaemic hypoglycaemia.
Sarah Flanagan

Andrew Crosby
Andrew’s main area of research involves the investigation of the genetic and molecular causes of inherited conditions, stemming from the identification of the causal disease gene through to more detailed studies of the disease mechanism responsible.
Andrew Crosby

Katarina Kos
Katarina has a key interest in the field of Type 2 diabetes and its link with obesity and its complications. She leads the adipose tissue biology group at the University of Exeter with a special interest in adipose tissue physiology and obesity related disorders
Katarina Kos