Donnan, Peter

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

  • 9200 Citations
  • 52 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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Scotland Medicine & Life Sciences
Randomized Controlled Trials Medicine & Life Sciences
Population Medicine & Life Sciences
Primary Health Care Medicine & Life Sciences
Cohort Studies Medicine & Life Sciences
Peripheral Arterial Disease Medicine & Life Sciences
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Medicine & Life Sciences
Blood Pressure Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2011 2025

Research Output 1990 2020


Gingles, C. R., Symon, R., Gandy, S. J., Struthers, A. D., Houston, G., MacDonald, T. M., Lang, C. C., Donnan, P. T. & George, J., 1 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Hypertension. 38, 1, p. 177-178 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

71 Downloads (Pure)

Adaptation and Implementation of a Mobile Phone-Based Remote Symptom Monitoring System for People With Cancer in Europe

Furlong, E., Darley, A., Fox, P., Buick, A., Kotronoulas, G., Miller, M., Flowerday, A., Miaskowski, C., Patiraki, E., Katsaragakis, S., Ream, E., Armes, J., Gaiger, A., Berg, G., McCrone, P., Donnan, P., McCann, L. & Maguire, R., 14 Mar 2019, In : JMIR Cancer. 5, 1, p. 1-14 14 p., e10813.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Cell Phones
Randomized Controlled Trials
2 Citations (Scopus)
84 Downloads (Pure)

Allopurinol treatment adversely impacts left ventricular mass regression in patients with well-controlled hypertension

Gingles, C., Symon, R., Gandy, S., Struthers, A., Houston, G., MacDonald, T., Lang, C., Donnan, P. & George, J., Dec 2019, In : Journal of Hypertension. 37, 12, p. 2481-2489 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Oxidative Stress
Left Ventricular Hypertrophy
19 Downloads (Pure)

A multicentre parallel-group randomised trial assessing multiparametric MRI characterisation and image-guided biopsy of prostate in men suspected of having prostate cancer: MULTIPROS study protocol

Szewczyk-Bieda, M., Wei, C., Coll, K., Gandy, S., Donnan, P., Ragupathy, S. K. A., Singh, P., Wilson, J. & Nabi, G., 21 Nov 2019, In : Trials. 20, p. 1-8 8 p., 638.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Image-Guided Biopsy
Prostatic Neoplasms
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
25 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Cholinesterase Inhibitors


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