Miss Natalie Rowland BSc (Hons), MSc

Miss Natalie Rowland

Institute of Applied Health Research
Assistant Director of BCTU, Reader in Clinical Trials

Contact details

Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU)
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
Robert Aitken Institute for Clinical Research

Natalie Rowland is Assistant Director of the Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU), and leads the Statistics team within the Unit.

Natalie has published many research papers in scientific journals in the fields of Parkinson’s disease, renal disease, melanoma and HIV. She is a co-applicant on a number of grants from the NIHR HTA programme.

She is interested in the design, conduct and analysis of randomised trials and systematic reviews. Currently, she works on a number of clinical trials in Parkinson’s disease and renal disease of medical, surgical and rehabilitation interventions. She works closely with the systematic review team within BCTU, undertaking meta-analyses to provide a reliable synthesis of previous clinical trial activity on treatment efficacy, and to identify future key research questions.


  • MSc in Statistics, University of Sheffield, 1997
  • BSc (Hons) in Mathematics (1st), University of Leicester, 1995


Teaching Programmes

  • MSc in Clinical Oncology
  • Masters in Public Health (Clinical Trials Module)
  • Small group leader for statistics modules on Graduate Entry MBChB

Natalie is course director for BCTU’s tri-annual Research Methods Course (CPD approved), and gives lectures on statistics, clinical trial design and meta-analysis as part of this course.

Other activities

  • Statistical reviewer for the NIHR
  • Front Line Advisor for the NIHR funded West Midlands Research Design Service
  • Member of DeNDRoN Parkinson’s disease Clinical Studies Group
  • Member of DeNDRoN Huntington’s disease Clinical Studies Group 
  • Member of UK Kidney Research Consortium
  • Independent statistician on numerous Trial Steering and Data Monitoring Committees


Recent publications


Quraishi, MN, Yalchin, M, Blackwell, C, Segal, JP, Sharma, N, Hawkey, P, McCune, V, Hart, A, Gaya, DR, Ives, N, Magill, L, Loi, S, Hewitt, C, Gerasimidis, K, Loman, N, Hansen, R, McMullan, C, Mathers, J, Quince, C, Crees, N & Iqbal, T 2019, 'STOP-Colitis pilot trial protocol: a prospective, open-label, randomised pilot study to assess two possible routes of faecal microbiota transplant delivery in patients with ulcerative colitis', BMJ open, vol. 9, no. 11, e030659. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-030659

Walsh, M, Merkel, PA, Peh, CA, Szpirt, W, Mehta, S, Ives, N & Jayne, D 2019, 'The effect of plasma exchange and reduced-dose oral glucocorticoids during induction of remission in patients with severe ANCA-associated vasculitis', The New England Journal of Medicine.

Herd, C, Tomlinson, C, Rick, C, Scotton, W, Edwards, J, Ives, N, Clarke, CE & Sinclair, A 2019, 'Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis of Botulinum toxin for the prevention of migraine', BMJ open, vol. 9, no. 7, e027953. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027953

Green, D, Vassallo, D, Handley, K, Ives, N, Wheatley, K, Chrysochou, C, Hegarty, J, Wright, J, Moss, J, Patel, RK, Deighan, C, Webster, J, Rowe, P, Carr, S, Cross, J, O’Driscoll, J, Sharma, R, Mark, P & Kalra, PA 2019, 'Cardiac structure and function after revascularization versus medical therapy for renal artery stenosis: the ASTRAL Heart echocardiographic sub-study', BMC Nephrology, vol. 20, 220. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12882-019-1406-y

Webb, NJ, Woolley, RL, Lambe, T, Frew, E, Brettell, EA, Barsoum, EN, Trompeter, RS, Cummins, C, Wheatley, K & Ives, NJ 2019, 'Sixteen-week versus standard eight-week prednisolone therapy for childhood nephrotic syndrome: the PREDNOS RCT', Health Technology Assessment, vol. 23, no. 26, pp. 1-109. https://doi.org/10.3310/hta23260

Webb, NJA, Woolley, R, Lambe, T, Frew, E, Brettell, E, Barsoum, E, Trompeter, RS, Cummins, C, Deeks, J, Wheatley, K & Ives, N 2019, 'Long term tapering versus standard prednisolone treatment for first episode of childhood nephrotic syndrome: Phase III randomised controlled trial and economic evaluation', BMJ, vol. 365, l1800. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1800

Smith, CH, Patel, S, Woolley, RL, Brady, MC, Rick, CE, Halfpenny, R, Rontiris, A, Knox-Smith, L, Dowling, F, Clarke, CE, Au, P, Ives, N, Wheatley, K & Sackley, CM 2019, 'Rating the intelligibility of dysarthic speech amongst people with Parkinson's Disease: a comparison of trained and untrained listeners', Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699206.2019.1604806

Harper, L, Morgan, M, Chanouzas, D, Caulfield, H, Coughlan, L, Dean, C, Fletcher, K, Cramp, F, Greenfield, S, Hewitt, C, Ives, N, Jowett, S & Daley, A 2018, 'Treatment of fatigue with physical activity and behavioural change support in Vasculitis – study protocol for an open-label randomised controlled feasibility study', BMJ open, vol. 8, no. 10, e023769. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023769

The 2015 European Society of Coloproctology Collaborating Group, Glasbey, JC, Nepogodiev, D, Bhangu, A, Pinkney, T, Chaudhri, S, Morton, D, Mehta, S, Ives, N, Magill, L, Perry, R, Patel, P & Bhangu, A 2018, 'The impact of stapling technique and surgeon specialism on anastomotic failure after right-sided colorectal resection: an international multicentre, prospective audit', Colorectal Disease, vol. 20, no. 11, pp. 1028-1040. https://doi.org/10.1111/codi.14308

Kyte, D, Bishop, J, Brettell, E, Calvert, M, Cockwell, P, Dutton, M, Eddington, H, Hadley, G, Ives, NJ, Jackson, LJ, Stringer, S & Valente, M 2018, 'Use of an electronic patient-reported outcome measure in the management of patients with advanced chronic kidney disease: the RePROM pilot trial protocol', BMJ open, vol. 8, no. 10, e026080. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026080

Herd, C, Cl, T, Rick, C, Scotton, WJ, Edwards, J, Ives, N, Clarke, CE & Sinclair, A 2018, 'Botulinum toxins for the prevention of migraine in adults', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, no. 6, CD011616. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD011616.pub2

Jolly, K, Sidhu, M, Hewitt, C, Coventry, PA, Daley, A, Jordan, R, Heneghan, C, Singh, S, Ives, N, Adab, P, Jowett, S, Varghese, J, Nunan, D, Ahmed, K, Dowson, L & Fitzmaurice, D 2018, 'Patient self-management in primary care patients with mild COPD - a randomised controlled trial of telephone health coaching', BMJ.

Roffe, C, Nevatte, T, Bishop, J, Sim, J, Penaloza, M, Jowett, S, Ives, N, Gray, R, Ferdinand, P & Muddegowda, G 2018, 'Routine low-dose continuous or nocturnal oxygen for people with acute stroke: three-arm Stroke Oxygen Supplementation RCT', Health Technology Assessment, vol. 22, no. 14. https://doi.org/10.3310/hta22140

Pinkney, T, Handley, K, Ives, N, Magill, E, Mehta, S, Brown, J & Reinforcement of Closure of Stoma Site (ROCSS) Collaborative and the West Midlands Research Collaborative 2018, 'Randomized controlled trial of standard closure of a stoma site vs biological mesh reinforcement: study protocol of the ROCSS trial', Colorectal disease : the official journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. O46-O54. https://doi.org/10.1111/codi.13997

Review article

Herd, CP, Tomlinson, CL, Rick, C, Scotton, WJ, Edwards, J, Ives, N, Clarke, CE & Sinclair, A 2018, 'Botulinum toxins for the prevention of migraine in adults', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol. 6, CD011616. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD011616.pub2

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