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Dr Rosie Dew

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Senior Lecturer in Physiology

I am a Senior Lecturer in Physiology and Year Lead for year 1 medical students.

I have experience working on a range of health-related research projects, including large scale cancer projects using Public Health England data, and projects with paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS), and hospital clinicians.

Teaching and supervision

As a Senior Lecturer in Physiology, with a special interest in nutritional and gastrointestinal physiology, I have the opportunity to teach content associated with ingestion, digestion, absorption and excretion of food throughout phase 1 of the undergraduate Medicine MBChB course.  I am currently unit lead for Inputs and Output (Unit 10).

I have experience supervising undergraduate Biomedical and Medical Sciences students, MSc Nursing and Public Health students and MRes Epidemiology students. I am currently co-supervisor for a PhD student investigating factors that influence the control of hypothyroidism and potential excess mortality associated with over-diagnosis in the elderly population.

Research interests for potential research students

  • Nutrition and gastrointestinal physiology
  • Survival in patients with colorectal cancer
  • Out of hospital cardiac arrest and the associated survival
  • Hypothyroidism and thyroid control


Previous research projects have included:
• Randomised controlled trials (RCTs): Use of a resuscitation device during out of hospital cardiac arrest; Impact of pacing therapy in patients with syncope.
• Cancer epidemiology: The effect of deprivation on treatment and survival in colorectal cancer patients; The role of the route of diagnosis on survival in all patients with lung, breast, prostate and colorectal cancers diagnosed in England between 2006 and 2017.
• Cross-sectional survey studies: Public automated external defibrillator (AED) and CPR use; Enablers and challenges to inclusion and access to services for disabled children and young people in times of austerity across Europe
• Service evaluations: Comparison of manual versus mechanical CPR; Referral systems used by GPs
• Qualitative studies: Factors effecting thyroid control in hypothyroid patients; Barriers to hospital avoidance in frail and elderly patients

Last updated 16 November 2021