Denise Howel

Senior Lecturer in Epidemiological Statistics

Population Health Sciences Institute



I am a statistician by background and have been at Newcastle University since 1992. I have considerable experience of the design and analysis of clinical trials and epidemiological studies.

Roles and Responsibilities


Current Research Projects as Co-Investigator

  • EMPOWER: Randomised trial of emesis in pregnancy - Ondansetron with Metoclopramide.
  • SEED: Supporting excellence in end of life care in dementia : feasibility study.
  • EXTRAS: A trial to evaluate an extended rehabilitation service for stroke patients.
  • RATULS: A trial to evaluate robot assisted training and physiotherapy for upper limb deficiency after stroke.
  • PRE-OP BIRDS: Pre-operative behavioural intervention for risky drinkers before elective orthopaedic surgery: feasibility study.
  • SOLID: Supporting looked after children in decreasing drugs, alcohol and smoking: feasibility study.
  • DIFRID: Developing an intervention for falls-related injuries in dementia.
  • RiGD: Single-arm trial of adjuvant Rituximab in young patients with Graves hyperthyroidism.

Esteem Indicators

  • National Institute for Health Research - Programme Grant for Applied Research - Sub-panel member 2016-20.
  • National Institute for Health Research - Health Service and Delivery Research - HDR Commissioning Board Member 2012-15.
  • NIHR Stroke Research Network Acute Clinical Studies Group - Member 2012-15.
  • National Institute for Health Research - Service Delivery & Organisation - Commissioning Board Member 2009-11.
  • Dept of Health - Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment 2000-09.


  • Undergraduate Teaching
    • SFY0002 Basic Statistics: Module leader & lecturer
  • Postgraduate Teaching
    • MSc Public Health and Health Services Research
    • HSC8036 Health Statistics: Module leader & lecturer
    • HSC8029 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods: Lecturer
  • External examiner: Liverpool University MPH (Online)



  • Medical statistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Public health


  • Chartered Statistician, 2000

  • MSc Statistics, 1977

    University of London

  • BSc Mathematics & Statistics, 1976

    University of London



Senior Lecturer in Epidemiological Statistics

Newcastle University

1992 – Present

Lecturer in Medical Statistics

Leeds University

1985 – 1992

Research Associate

Newcastle University

1982 – 1985

Temporary Lecturer

University of Wales

1980 – 1981


Unilever Research

1977 – 1979


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