Michelle Collinson

Michelle Collinson


I obtained a BSc. (Hons) in Mathematics & Statistics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 2001 and an MSc in Statistics from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 2002.

Following university, I held roles within the Government Statistical Service and Banking before joining the Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU) at the University of Leeds in 2008, as a Medical Statistician. I was promoted to Senior Medical Statistician in 2010 and Principal Statistician in December 2018. 

I am an experienced Statistician and triallist with over 12 years’ experience of successful design, implementation and delivery of charity and NIHR funded clinical trials research. Working within the Complex Interventions Division at CTRU I have collaborated with clinicians and researchers across a variety of research areas including cancer, older people, diet & obesity, mental health and skin.  My significant research experience extends to the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of large definitive phase III trials, in addition to cohort, observational, pilot and feasibility studies. 

I am the strategic lead for the emerging clinical trials portfolio of research focussing on the evaluation of complex interventions in cancer and palliative care including supportive, psychological, behavioural and lifestyle interventions.

Nationally, I am a member of the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (Yorkshire & North East) funding committee and a core member of the National Cancer Research Institute Living With and Beyond Cancer Methodology Workstream. I also serve on a number of national Trial Oversight Committees including Data Monitoring Committees and Trial Steering Committees, for national research funders.


  • Strategic lead of Cancer & Palliative Care research within the CTRU Complex Interventions Division
  • Design, implementation, delivery and reporting of clinical trials and related research
  • Collaborating with leading clinicians/researchers to develop successful grant applications

Research interests

I am leading the CAncer Together with other Chronic Health conditions (CATCH) project; a 20-month study aiming to understand the size, population characteristics and general practice healthcare resource use for people living with cancer and other health conditions. This project is independent research funded by Macmillan Cancer Support.

In addition, I am collaborating on a range of other studies including research examining the demographics, intervention priorities and outcomes of people living with comorbid cancer and dementia (CanDem-Int); an evaluation of supported exercise training for men with prostate cancer on androgen deprivation therapy (STAMINA); and a pilot trial developing and feasibility testing an acceptance and commitment therapy intervention for improving medication-taking behaviour in women with early-stage invasive breast cancer (ACTION).   


  • MSc Statistics
  • BSc Mathematics & Statistics

Professional memberships

  • Society for Clinical Trials
  • NCRI Living with and Beyond Cancer Methodology Workstream
  • Regional Advisory Panel Member for the Research for Patient Benefit

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research