Professor David Torgerson
Director, York Trials Unit

Profile

Biography

Professor David Torgerson, Director of the York Trials Unit, joined the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York in 1995 and became the Director of the York Trials Unit in 2002. Originally a health economist, he is a trial methodologist and has published widely on the design and conduct of randomised controlled trials including the book “Designing Randomised Controlled Trials in Health, Education and the Social Sciences (Palgrave Macmillan 2008)”. David has over 200 peer reviewed publications.  

As well as designing healthcare trials, David works across the social sciences developing policy trials and collaborates with the Behavioural Insights Team at the Cabinet Office, supporting educational trials and trials in criminal justice.

Qualifications

  • MSc
  • PhD
  • Diploma in Health Economics

Departmental roles

  • Module leader for Randomised Controlled Trial modules
  • Member of research committee
  • Joint module leader for Systematic Reviews

Research

Overview

David's research interests include trials methodology, musculoskeletal problems, falls, osteoporosis and innovative trial designs.

Projects

  • CASPAR - Collaborative care in screen- positive elders
  • RETREAT
  • PROMOTE-A pragmatic, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial of methotrexate to treat painful knee osteoarthritis
  • REACCT - the randomised evaluation of the effectiveness and acceptability of computerised therapy
  • SCIMITAR+-Smoking cessation for people with severe mental illness
  • PROFHER- Proximal Fracture of the Humerus: Evaluation by Randomisation
  • OTIS - Occupational Therapist Intervention Study
  • Independent Evaluation of the Third Space Learning’s Online Maths Tuition Service – A cluster randomised controlled trial
  • connect- Co-Production of Policing Evidence, Research and Training: Focus Mental Health
  • EVerT2- Effective Verruca Treatments
  • ABRA - Online Reading Support Abracadabra
  • E-PLAYS - Evaluating ‘Enhancing Pragmatic LAnguage skills for Young children with Social communication disorder’ (E-PLAYS): A feasibility study
  • MiQUIT 3 - RCT and meta-analysis testing effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a tailored text message programme (MiQuit) for smoking cessation in pregnancy
  • Tutor Trust Affordable Primary Tuition
  • ReflectED
  • CPIT III - The Smoking Cessation in Pregnancy Incentives Trial (CPIT III): A Multi-centre phase III Randomised Controlled Trial
  • YLST - Yorkshire Lung Screening Trial
  • PROFHER 2 - PROximal Fracture of the Humerus: Evaluation by Randomisation Trial no. 2 (PROFHER-2 Trial)
  • PRESTO - Pragmatic Randomised Evaluation of Stable Thoracolumbar fracture treatment Outcomes

Research group(s)

Supervision

David is keen to supervise PhDs in the areas of: randomised trials and methodology of randomised trials.

Publications

Full publications list

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • HYMS students - Trials and Falls prevention

Postgraduate

David is able to supervise Masters students with an interest in randomised controlled trials.  Projects might include pilot/feasibility trials, Studies within a Trial (SWATs) (e.g., methods to improve recruitment or retention to trials), secondary analysis of existing trials, methodological reviews of randomised trials.  He also has an interest in musculoskeletal disorders and can supervise systematic reviews of RCTs in the area.

External activities

Editorial duties

  • British Medical Bulletin

Invited talks and conferences

  • Meeting at Parliament about trials in social policy
  • Café Scientifique: trials in politics and public policy

Media coverage

Newspaper coverage of:

  • Test, Learn, Adapt (Co-authored Cabinet Office paper on using trials in social policy)

Newspaper, Radio and TV coverage of:

  • Yoga trial
  • Radio 4 interview on Farming Today on badger culling

Contact details

Prof. David Torgerson
Director, York Trials Unit

Tel: 01904 32(1340)

@healthsciyork