Blizard Institute - Barts and The London

Dr Julie Dodds


Senior Research Manager

Telephone: 020 7882 7211


Julie oversees the running of all the trials within the unit.

Current studies:

  • PrePro - Probiotics in the prevention of preterm birth: A pilot randomised trial
  • GBS2 - A rapid PCR for maternal GBS colonisation among women in labour with risk factors: A cluster randomised trial 
  • MEMPHIS - A smartphone app teaching psychological approaches for women with chronic pelvic pain: A randomised feasibility trial
  • GIFTS - Genomic and lifestyle predictors of foetal outcome relevant to diabetes and obesity and their relevance to prevention strategies in South Asian peoples
  • SALVO- A randomised controlled trial of intra-operative cell salvage during caesarean section in women at risk of haemorrhage
  • ESTEEM: Effect of simple, targeted diet in pregnant women with metabolic risk factors on pre-eclampsia: A randomised trial
  • IPPIC: Accuracy of clinical characteristics, biochemical and ultrasound markers in the prediction of pre-eclampsia: an Individual Patient Data (IPD) Meta-analysis

Ongoing research with other institutions (Subcontracted to QM)

        • HABselect (Leeds) - Selection of sperm for Assisted Reproductive Treatment by prior hyaluronic acid binding: increasing live birth outcomes and reducing miscarriage rates (Hyaluronic Acid Binding Sperm Selection; HABSelect).
        • TABLET (Birmingham) - Efficacy and mechanism of thyroxine treatment on pregnancy and neonatal outcomes in women with thyroid antibodies: A randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind, multi-centre trial [The TABLET (Thyroid AntiBodies and LEvoThyroxine) Trial]



Julie obtained a BSc (Hons) in Sociology with Research Training at the University of Bath. She previously managed studies in primary care at UCL and the Medical Research Council. She also worked as a Senior Research Fellow at UCL for several years where she conducted sexual health research and obtained a PhD in HIV epidemiology.


Research Interests:

Clinical trials, epidemiology, sexual health, web-based health, trial management


Al Wattar, B. Dodds, J. Placzek, A. Spyreli, E. Moore, A. 'Hooper, R. Effect of simple, targeted diet in pregnant women with metabolic risk factors on maternal and fetal outcomes (ESTEEM): study protocol for a pragmatic multicentre randomised trial'. BMJ Open 2016; 6:e013495

Daru, J. Moores, R. Dodds, J. Rayment, J. aLLARD, s. Khan, K.S. 'Non-anaemic iron deficiency in pregnancy: the views of health service users and health care professionals'. Transfus Med. 2015 Feb; 25(1):27-32

Cassell JA, Dodds J, Estcourt C, Llewellyn C, Lanza S, Richens J, et al. The relative clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of three contrasting approaches to partner notification for curable sexually transmitted infections: a cluster randomised trial in primary care. Health Technol Assess 2015; 19 (5).

Pathak, N., Dodds, J., Zamora, J. and Khan, K. ‘Accuracy of urinary human papillomavirus testing for presence of cervical HPV: systematic review and meta-analysis’, BMJ 2014; 349:g5264 doi: 10.1136/bmj.g5264

Tam, C.C., Rodrigues, L.C., Viviani, L., Dodds, J.P., Evans, M.R., Hunter, P.R., Gray, J.J., Letley, L.H., Rait, G., Tompkins, D.S. and O’Brien, S.J. ‘Longitudinal study of infectious intestinal disease in the UK (IID2 Study): Incidence in the community and presenting to general practice’. GUT 2012; 61:69-77

Williamson, L.M., Dodds, J.P., Mercey, D.E., Hart, G.J. and Johnson, A.M. ‘Sexual risk behaviour and knowledge of HIV status among community samples of gay men in the UK’. AIDS 2008 22(9): 1063-170.

Dodds, Julie P, Johnson, Anne M, Parry, John V, and Mercey, Danielle, M. ‘A tale of three cities: persisting high HIV prevalence, risk behaviour and undiagnosed infection in community samples of men who have sex with men’. Sex Transm Infect. Vol 83, No 5 - August 2007: 192-396

Dodds,J.P., Mercer,C.H., Mercey,D.E., Copas,A.J., Johnson,A.M. Men who have sex with men: A comparison of a probability sample survey and a community based study. Sex Transm Infect 2006; 82: 86-87

Dodds JP, Mercey DE, Parry JV and Johnson AM. Increasing risk behaviour and high levels of undiagnosed HIV infection in a community sample of gay men. Sex Transm Infect 2004; 80:236-240

Dodds JP, Nardone A, Mercey DE, Johnson AM. Increase in high risk sexual behaviour among homosexual men, London 1996-8: cross sectional, questionnaire study. British Medical Journal 2000; 320(7248): 1510-11