Dr Clare Herd

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Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow

Contact details

Address
Public Health Building
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT

Clare Herd is a systematic reviewer working predominantly 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. 

Qualifications

  • PhD 2010
  • MChem 2005

Biography

Clare's background is in Chemistry and she achieved her undergraduate degree in 2005, followed by her PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Leeds, under Dr Julie Fisher researching the non-duplex folding states of the telomeric region of human DNA. She has worked for the last seven years as a systematic reviewer. Most of her work has used Cochrane methods to produce comprehensive reviews of interventions for neourological condition. More recently she has been involved in processing qualitative data in the form of over 3500 responses to a patient and healthcare worker survey to determine research priorities for Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension.

Teaching

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

Research

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.

Publications

Herd CP, Tomlinson CL, Rick C, ScottonWJ, Edwards J, Ives N, Clarke CE, Sinclair A. Botulinum toxins for the prevention of migraine in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2018, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD011616.

Muzerengi S, Herd C, Rick C, Clarke CE. A systematic review of interventions to reduce hospitalisation in Parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism & Related disorders 2016; 24: 3-7

Palin O, Herd C, Morrison KE, Jagielski AC, Wheatley K, Thomas GN, Clarke CE. Systematic review and meta-analysis of hydrocarbon exposure and the risk of Parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism & Related disorders 2015 Mar;21(3):243-8.

Tomlinson CL, Herd CP, Clarke CE, Meek C, Patel S, Stowe R, Deane KHO, Shah L, Sackley CM, Wheatley K and Ives N (2014) Physiotherapy for Parkinson's disease: a comparison of techniques. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (In Press)

Tomlinson CL, Patel S, Meek C, Herd CP, Clarke CE, Stowe R, Shah L, Sackley CM, Deane KHO, Wheatley K and Ives N (2013) Physiotherapy versus placebo or no intervention in Parkinson’s disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 9

Tomlinson CL, Patel S, Meek C, Herd CP, Clarke CE, Stowe R, Shah L, Sackley C, Deane KHO, Wheatley K and Ives N (2012) Physiotherapy intervention in Parkinson’s disease: systematic review and meta-analysis. British Medical Journal 345:e5004

Herd CP, Tomlinson CL, Deane KHO, Brady MC, Smith CH, Sackley CM and Clarke CE (2012) Comparison of speech and language therapy techniques for speech problems in Parkinson’s disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 8:CD002814

Herd CP, Tomlinson CL, Deane KHO, Brady MC, Smith CH, Sackley CM and Clarke CE (2012) Speech and language therapy versus placebo or no intervention for speech problems in Parkinson’s disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 8:CD002812

Fenna CP, Wilkinson VJ, Arnold JR, Cosstick R and Fisher J (2008) The effect of 2′-fluorine substitutions on DNA i-motif conformation and stability. Chem Commun (Camb) 14(30):3567-9

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