Dr Clare Herd

Dr Clare Herd

Institute of Clinical Sciences
Research Associate

Contact details

Institute of Clinical Sciences
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
Robert Aitken
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Clare is a systematic reviewer working under the supervision of Professor Carl Clarke in the areas of Parkinson’s disease and headache. Her main responsibility is the undertaking of systematic literature searching to identify existing evidence as a basis for development of clinical trial proposals, grant applications and synthesis of the worldwide research evidence on a particular therapeutic question.


  • PhD 2010
  • MChem 2005


Clare qualified with a MChem (Honours in Chemistry) from the University of Leeds in 2005. She went on to study for a PhD in Physical Chemistry also at the University of Leeds, with Dr Julie Fisher researching the non-duplex folding states of the telomeric region of human DNA. Clare then joined the University of Birmingham in 2011 to work on systematic reviews supporting Professor Carl Clarke’s clinical trial portfolio.


Clare teaches the Reviewing the Evidence module on the Research Methods Course run by BCTU three times a year.


Research Themes

Parkinson Disease, Migraine, Systematic Reviews, Clinical Trials.

Research Activity

Migraine: Currently working on reviewing the evidence for botulinum toxin for migraine prophylaxis.
Parkinson’s disease: Currently working on reviewing the evidence for anti-depressive therapies for people with Parkinson’s disease. Recent work includes reviews of physiotherapy and of speech and language therapy interventions for people with Parkinson’s disease.