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supervision AND TEACHING

I am actively engaged in supervision at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

I am currently supervising three DPhil students. Tonny Muthee who is looking to improve the uptake and use of cardiovascular risk assessments in Kenyan primary care settings. Hongyi Xu is interested in the role of EMRs for better management of noncommunicable disease in LMICs. I am also co-supervising Dr Kumeravi Bharathy who is designing, implementing and assessing a novel evidence-based healthcare curriculum for undergraduate medical students at Buckingham University.

I am a supervisor on the MSc in Evidence-Based Healthcare programme. I have overseen a number of students to completion of their MSc thesis and assisted in their subsequent peer-review publication.

My interests are in developing and testing lifestyle interventions for the prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension. Presently I have available projects in relation to physical activity in primary care - details of which are available here.

I take a prominent role in supporting undergraduate medical students within the Department, acting as co-ordinator for Final Honour School projects and placement supervisor for students doing EBM special study modules in the Department.

David Nunan


Departmental Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow

  • Director, PG Certificate in Teaching Evidence-Based Health Care
  • Lead Tutor, Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care
  • Departmental Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow
  • Fellow of Kellogg College
  • Visiting Professor in Evidence-Based Medicine and Health Care, Petrópolis Medical School, Brazil

I've been working in academia since 2000, with a focus on clinical care and evidence-based medicine since 2010. Upon completion of my PhD, I joined the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine and my role is now divided between research, teaching and outreach activities.


I am a principal investigator with interests that focus broadly on:

  • Prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related conditions, particularly the role of physical activity and exercise. I am currently leading a programme of work assessing the evidence-base and role of physical activity and exercise in primary care as well as methods to improve its uptake and use for patient care.
  • Improving the understanding and use of research evidence by health professionals, patients and members of the public. Work in this area includes the development of a one-page evidence summary tool to support better-informed treatment decisions funded by the School or Primary Care Research.
  • Meta-epidemiology (research on research)

I utilise and have experience in a breadth of methodologies to support my research outputs including diagnostic studies, statistical analysis, qualitative research and clinical trials.  I am the lead and principal investigator on a number of Cochrane and non-Cochrane systematic reviews and newer evidence synthesis methods including overviews of reviews.

I work collaboratively with other researchers at a local, national and international level.

I am co-lead of the Catalogue of Bias team.

A list of my publications can be found here.

Teaching and training

I am the Director of the new Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Evidence-Based Health Care.

I am the lead tutor for the internationally renowned Teaching Evidence-Based Medicine course.

I am also the lead tutor for the Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care and Teaching Evidence-Based Practice modules of the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care. 

I am also a tutor for EBM teaching in the Graduate Entry Medical School.

Other activities

  • Member of the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Prioritisation Committee: Integrated community health and social care (effective Sept 2020)
  • Lead (Oxford) for the RCGP Clinical Priority in Physical Activity and Lifestyle.
  • Expert commentator for Science Media Centre, London
  • Editor BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine

Outreach work includes supporting GCSE and A-level teachers introduce the topic of evidence-based medicine into their lessons as part of the EinSTein project. In 2015 I was runner-up of I’m a Scientist Get me out of here, a free online event where school students meet and interact with scientists.

I also blog for the CEBM and occasionally for the BJGP and BJSM.


I have received funding to conduct research from the NHS National Institute for Health Research. I have also had funding from the RCGP to conduct independent research. I am also a voluntary (unpaid) member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Physical Activity and Lifestyle clinical priority steering committee. I have no other COI to declare.