Meet the DEC Team

Dr Michael Power
Deputy Director NIHR DEC Newcastle
Besides being the DEC’s Deputy Director, Michael is also Evidence-Based Practice Lead at the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has 10 years’ experience in developing evidence-based guidance for the NICE’s Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS). Michael’s clinical background is paediatric rheumatology. He has been coinvestigator
of research projects funded by the Wellcome Trust and the EU Framework Programmes. Besides beingthe senior evaluation methodologist, Michael also leads the DEC’s Dissemination Group, and sits on the NuTH Tests and Investigations Formulary Committee. 

Dr Joy Allen
IVD evaluation methodologist
With 10 years of training in applied mathematics and theoretical physics, Joy took on a new challenge in 2014 when she joined the DEC and applied her analytical and problem solving skills to diagnostic test evaluation research.  A strong grounding in mathematical modelling and an inquisitive mind made the transition (albeit scary!) a successful one.  She has worked on the design and analysis of many of the DEC's projects to date including the clinical and economic evaluation of rapid tests for viral infections, infections which confer antibiotic resistance and inherited conditions such as familial hypercholesterolemia.  Joy has also spearheaded the academic development of the DEC by securing collaborations with leading expertise in research into the interdisciplinary methodologies involved in evaluations of diagnostic tests and medical devices and continues to advocate methodological development throughout all the DEC's projects.  While Joy is fascinated by many areas of test evaluation research, a key personal interest of Joy's is the development of novel methodologies to aid the evaluation of new diagnostic tests and devices when the current reference standard is non-existent or imperfect.

Dr Sara Graziadio
IVD evaluation methodologist
Sara joined the NIHR Newcastle DEC in August 2015 after being a Research Associate at Institute of Neuroscience,
Newcastle University since 2009. She is a scientist with ten years’ training in statistics and has a strong academic
background in the analysis and interpretation of large and complex datasets. Sara has significant knowledge of study design, and extensive experience of project coordination - facilitating national and international collaborations.