Donnan, Peter

Professor, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Director DEBU, Co-Director Tayside Clinical Trials Unit

  • 9550 Citations
  • 53 h-Index
1990 …2025

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Peter Donnan is Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Medical School Division of Population Health Sciences within the Medical Research Institute, University of Dundee. He has 30 years’ experience in the design and analysis of Health Services and Population Research observational studies as well as randomised controlled trials of drugs (steroids in Bell’s Palsy, NEJM, 2007) as well as public health interventions (screening for breast cancer, The Lancet, 1990, Football Fans In Training, The Lancet, 2014) and informatics (DQIP, NEJM 2016).

 He leads the Dundee Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit (DEBU) and co-leads the Tayside Clinical Trials Unit (TCTU) which has UKCRC registration and successfully manages approximately 20 clinical trials. He has also carried out extensive population record-linkage research on drug safety, adherence and management of long term conditions using Tayside’s and Scotland’s unique prescribing population databases and is the author of over 210 publications (h-index 50, m-index 1.42), as well as an investigator on research projects to a total of over £32 million.

 He has developed a number of prognostic algorithms, most notably predicting Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) in people with type 2 diabetes (Diabetes Care, 2006), and Chief Scientist Office funded algorithm to predict risk of emergency admissions in primary care (PEONY) with a view to developing cost-effective interventions for long term conditions (Archives Internal Medicine, 2008). An NIHR HTA-funded study has developed aids to clinical decision making with abnormal liver function tests in primary care. He is senior author of a study to predict outcomes for those admitted to hospital with Acute Pancreatitis using health informatics across Scotland. 

 He has supervised 16 PhD and MSc students and externally examined PhD theses across the UK. He has developed Master’s level modules in clinical trials and provides a record linkage analysis module for the Dundee MPH (15 students) as well as the Scottish-wide Stratified Medicine and Pharmacological Innovation MSc (35 students).

 In 2004, Prof. Donnan was invited to become a member of the New Drugs Committee of the Scottish Medicines Consortium which seeks to advise Area and Drug Therapeutics Committees across Scotland regarding the cost-effectiveness of new drugs and continues in this work with expertise in indirect comparisons, missing data and survival analysis in trials.




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A feasibility study of microwave therapy for precancerous actinic keratosis

Jackson, D. N., Hogarth, F. J., Sutherland, D., Holmes, E. M., Donnan, P. T. & Proby, C. M., 6 Feb 2020, In : British Journal of Dermatology. 9 p.

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    Clinical and cost-effectiveness of oral sodium bicarbonate therapy for older patients with chronic kidney disease and low-grade acidosis: A pragmatic randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial

    Witham, M. D., Band, M., Ahmed, A. K., Almond, M. K., Balasubramaniam, G. S., Basnayake, K., Sumukadas, D., Chan, A., Chong, H. Y., Donnan, P. T., Duncan, N., Hampson, G., Hu, M. K., Kalra, P., Kennedy, G., Kirk, A., Lamb, E., Lambie, S., Littleford, R., McNamee, P. & 13 others, Mishra, B., Mitra, S., Nicholas, J., Plews, D., Rauchhaus, P., Soiza, R. L., Stevens, P. E., Sumukadas, D., Tse, W., Warwick, G., Wilkie, M., Winnett, G. & Avenell, A., 9 Apr 2020, In : Health Technology Assessment. 18, 16 p., 91 (2020).

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    Dapagliflozin Versus Placebo on Left Ventricular Remodeling in Patients With Diabetes and Heart Failure: The REFORM Trial

    Singh, J. S. S., Mordi, I. R., Vickneson, K., Fathi, A., Donnan, P. T., Mohan, M., Choy, A. M. J., Gandy, S., George, J., Khan, F., Pearson, E. R., Houston, J. G., Struthers, A. D. & Lang, C. C., 3 Apr 2020, In : Diabetes Care. dc192187.

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    Mode of presentation and skin thickening on ultrasound may predict nodal burden in breast cancer patients with a positive axillary core biopsy

    Choong, W. L., Evans, A., Purdie, C., Wang, H., Donnan, P. T., Lawson, B. & Macaskill, J., Apr 2020, In : British Journal of Radiology. 93, 1108, p. 1-7 7 p., 20190711.

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  • No association between whole-body UVA1 phototherapy and skin cancers in humans: a cancer registry linkage study

    Bedair, K., Elhadad, A., Hamad, S., Ferguson, J., Donnan, P. & Dawe, R. S., 20 Mar 2020, In : British Journal of Dermatology. 6 p.

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  • Thesis

    Analysis of outcomes following emergency admission in patients with dementia and/or cognitive impairment and/or delirium

    Author: Zang, J., 2015

    Supervisor: Donnan, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science


    A population based study of primary hyperparathyroidism in Tayside, Scotland

    Author: Yu, N., 2011

    Supervisor: Donnan, P. (Supervisor) & Leeese, G. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    PRECIS-2 : Making trials matter: providing an empirical basis for the selection of pragmatic design choices in clinical trials

    Author: Loudon, K., 2015

    Supervisor: Donnan, P. (Supervisor), Sullivan, F. (Supervisor), Treweek, S. (Supervisor), Zwarenstein, M. (External person) (Supervisor) & Treweek, S. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Quantifying the Risk of Beta-Blockers and Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs in Asthma

    Author: Morales, D., 2014

    Supervisor: Guthrie, B. (Supervisor), Donnan, P. (Supervisor) & Jackson, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy