Dr Amanda Friend


I graduated with a first class honours degree in Biomedical Sciences (Pharmacology) in 2008 from the University of Aberdeen before going on to study medicine. During my time at medical school, I was awarded the Elizabeth Lockhart prize for the highest scoring student in the philosophy (medical humanities) module as well as the RCPCH prize for a student showing exceptional promise in paediatrics. Upon graduating, I remained in Aberdeen and took up a position as an Academic Foundation Doctor, during which time I gained experience of systematic reviewing. I also studied part-time towards a PGCert in Medical Research Skills and an MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health.

In 2014, I moved to Yorkshire to commence my specialty training in Paediatrics, whilst also undertaking my MSc research project. I continued to have an academic interest and in 2015 was appointed as a National Institute of Health Research Academic Clinical Fellow in Medical Education. I developed my teaching skills as well as undertaking research looking at the confidence of paediatric registrars in managing emergency cases.

Research interests

In 2017 I started working as a Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, where I am studying towards a PhD. My research uses data linkage techniques to research the late-effects of childhood cancer treatment. I have a particular interest in mental health. I also continue to do some clinical work as a paediatric registrar in both general paediatrics and paediatric oncology. 


  • BSc (hons) Biomedical Sciences (Pharmacology)
  • MBChB Medicine & Surgery
  • PGCert Medical Research Skills
  • MSc Paediatrics & Child Health
  • Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine