Dr Lindsay Blank

PhD, BSc

Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

Research Fellow

+44 114 222 0853

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Dr Lindsay Blank
Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
Room 2037, 2nd Floor
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

I have significant expertise in Public Health Evidence Synthesis, currently a lead reviewer for the NIHR Public Health Research Review Team (2014-2019 and 2019-2023). I have also conducted reviews for NIHR (PHR and SDO), Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Oxfam, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. I also contribute (as lead and co-reviewer) to evidence syntheses conducted as part of the NIHR HS&DR Evidence Synthesis Centre (2017-2020 and 2020-2023) and via KE-funded work.

I continue to be interested in developing novel approaches to evidence synthesis including the use of logic models and other innovative ways of presenting and summarising review data. This includes developing dissemination approaches for diverse audiences including members of the public and service providers.

Alongside this, through ongoing links with the Department of Neurology (NIHR RfPB), I am conducting qualitative research in the areas of epilepsy and transient loss of conscience.  

Research interests

I have a variety of research interests broadly in the areas of health inequalities and public health evidence synthesis.  Methods including: literature reviewing and critical appraisal, logic models, questionnaire design, semi-structured interviewing (telephone and face to face), quantitative and qualitative data analysis and interpretation, case studies, action research methods, writing for publication, and conference presentations.


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Current grants

HIA review. NIHR Public Health Research Review Team (extension) £112,830 (2023-2024).  

Developing and validation of a clinical decision aid for differential diagnosis of transient loss of consciousness. NIHR RfPB £49,352 (2022-2023). 

Recent grants

Multidisciplinary systematic review of the relationship between poverty and stress, low level anxiety, and depression across the life course. Start: 01/11/2015, 6 months. Joseph Rowntree Foundation; £29,927; Role: Principal Investigator.

NIHR HS & DR Evidence Synthesis Centre. Start: 01/03/2014, 36 months.  National Institute for Health Research; £624,553; Role: Co-Investigator.

How can international evidence on interventions to manage referral from primary to specialist non-emergency care be applied in the UK context?  Development of an inclusive systematic review and logic model.  NIHR NESTCC.  £198,636.  Blank L, Baxter S, Goyder E, Buckley Woods H, Payne N.  Role: Principal Investigator.

Interventions to promote or maintain physical activity during and after the transition to retirement: evidence synthesis to inform recommendations for policy and practice.  Start: 01/02/2014; Duration: 15 months.  National Institute for Health Research: £205,352.  Role: Principal Investigator.

Non-pharmacological treatments for stuttering in children and adults: a systematic review of effectiveness, and exploration of barriers to successful outcomes.  Start: 01/08/2013; 12 months; National Institute for Health Research; £138,000.  Role: Co-Investigator.

Brief advice for adults in primary care.  NICE.  National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).  Evidence Review on Physical Activity Advice in Primary Care, for the NICE Centre for Public Health Excellence.  £55,000.  Blank L, Goyder E, Campbell F, Payne N.  Role: Principal Investigator.