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 speciality 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. In 2017 I started working as a Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, where I am studying towards a PhD. I also continue to do some clinical work as a paediatric registrar in both general paediatrics and paediatric oncology.

Since 2017 I have been a Candlelighters Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. I am also a Paediatric Registrar and I sit on the End of Life Steering Group for Leeds Children’s Hospital and am actively involved with the Leeds Children's Hospital Junior Doctors' Forum.

Research interests

My research uses data linkage techniques to research the late-effects of childhood cancer treatment. I have a particular interest in mental health.


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

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Royal COllege of Paediatrics & Child Health

Student education

I am involved in undergraduate teaching of the MBChB students, delivering seminars and smaller group sessions during their paediatric rotation as well as contributing the the paediatric element of the "Theme Day". I am also involved with teaching research methods and statistics. I supervise a small group of students through a research project, as well as assisting with exam writing and marking.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Medical Research at St James's
  • Cancer Survivor Intelligence Group