Professor Judith Cohen


Director - Hull Health Trials Unit

Role at Hull York Medical School

Judith is the Director of the Hull Health Trials Unit a UKCRC registered CTU based in the Allam Medical Building at the University of Hull.

HHTU aims to collaborate with clinicians and academics from the region on locally-led, high-quality, multi-centre research. The unit was established in 2018 and now has an active study portfolio and a multi-disciplinary team of staff to deliver high quality clinical research.


Judith joined the Hull York Medical School in Nov 2017. Judith previously worked at the University of Sheffield as Assistant Director of the Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU), and as an advisor for the NIHR Research Design Service Yorkshire and the Humber (RDSYH).

Judith obtained a BSc in Medical Biochemistry from the University of Leicester, and a PhD in the Biochemistry of Wound Healing from the University of Sheffield. She completed early post-doctoral lab work at the University of Manchester, before moving into clinical research as a research project manager at the Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre (trials involving translational imaging techniques including PET scanning and MRI). She joined Sheffield CTRU in 2007, and developed expertise in clinical trials methodology, including the design and implementation of large scale randomised controlled trials (RCTs).


HHTU has a growing portfolio of studies with both internal and external collaborators across a range of disease areas. Judith is co-applicant and HHTU lead on active grants from the NIHR, MRC, Charitable Funders and Industry Partners.


MSc Pharmacology and Drug Development: Module Lead for Bench to Bedside II, Clinical Trials

MBBS: Scholarship and Special Interest Programme (SSIP), Health and Society - Research methods lectures and workshops, Ethics and Professionalism workshops

Postgraduate research supervision

Current PhD Students:

Buse Apel: Exploring the Role of Physical Activity in the Treatment of Alcohol Dependence

University of Hull Scholarship

Supervisors - Prof Thomas Phillips, Dr Judith Cohen, and Prof Grant Abt

Zoe-Ann Baldwin: ENSHRINE: EmbeddiNg SurvivorsHip caRe INto haEmatological care pathways: intervention development and feasibility study

Supervisors - Dr David Allsup, Dr Judith Cohen, Dr Olufikayo Bamidele

Masters Students: Dissertation supervisor, MSc Pharmacology and Drug Development

External roles