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Dr McAneney is a member of the Institute for Health Sciences and an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation at Queen's University Belfast. 

Dr McAneney is particularly interested in applying her skills in trial methodology working in the areas of health service research, with a particular focus on rare disease. She is currently supervising two BSc students with projects on aspects of rare disease, two PhD research students working on the rare disease diagnosis pathway, and communication and information priorities, as well as a growing number of postdoctoral fellows and providing guidance and assistance on a further four PhD research projects within the School of Nursing and Midwifery through supervision or advisory group membership.


Furthermore, Dr McAneney is working in the research area of network science, an interdisciplinary academic field where network analysis is used as a visualisation and analytic tool to examine complex inter-related data. She has applied this research approach to study the collaborative networks of stakeholders, the sharing and diffusion of information, health behaviours within social networks and evidence synthesis. 

She is involved in the Study Within a Trial (SWATs) and Study Within a Review (SWARs) developed by Prof Mike Clarke, within the NI Methodology Hub, is registered on the HRB-Trials Methodology Research Networks Clinical Trial Expertise Database (C-TED), a member of the Royal Statistical Society local NI group committee, statistical editor of a Cochrane Review Group and Board of Director of the NI Rare Disease Partnership.




I was awarded an MRC Methodology Fellowship in 2010.  This facilatated me to work across the boundaries of public health, sociology and mathematics, investigating longitudinal social network data and the spread of behaviours in an adolescent population.



I am involved in teaching for both medicine and biomedical sciences, at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.


  • - Module co-ordinator of the First year Student Selected Component Alternative Therapies -Do they work? (MED1021), providing lectures, tutorials and facilating visits by guest speakers and practitioners. I am responsible for the content, assessment setting and marking.
  • - Personal portfolio tutor to 16-18 first and second year medical students, (MED1012 and MED2018), providing formative and summative feedback on the student's personal portfolio, including reflective entries.
  • - Deliver medical statistical practical sessions and lectures for postgradute Masters in Public Health and PhD students (SCM7044 and SCM8098) and assist with practical sessions for biomedical science undergraduate students (BMS2014).
  • - Supervise research projects by Masters in Public Health and PhD students.
  • - I contribute to the People and Populations modules (MED1025 and MED2015) by delivering tutorials and marking in term assessment.
  • - I have also given a lecture on "Public Health Promotions & Interventions: the ‘Good, Bad & Ugly’ Implications of Social Media" for sociology students within the module Digital Society (SOCI 1005).



I am a member of the Royal Statistical Society and sit on the local NI group committee as Treasurer RSSNI.


I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), Member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP) since 2003, and Member of the International Network of Social Network Analysis (INSNA) from 2008.

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Projects 2018 2019

Research Output 2003 2019

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A public dialogue on genomic medicine: time for a new social contract?

Castell, S., Bukowski, G. & McAneney, H., 25 Apr 2019, Ipsos MORI.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access

A randomized non-inferiority trial of wearing adjustable glasses versus standard and ready-made spectacles among Chinese school children: WEAR (Wearability and Evaluation of Adjustable Refraction) III

Wang, C., Zhang, G., Tang, B., Jin, L., Huang, W., Wang, X., Chen, T., Xiao, B., Zhu, W., Wang, J., Zhou, Z., Tang, Z., Liang, Y., Crescioni, M., Wilson, D., McAneney, H., Silver, J. D., Moore, B. & Congdon, N., 14 Aug 2019, In : Ophthalmology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Communication strategies for rare cancers: A systematic review protocol

Bell, C., Kerr, K., Moore, K., McShane, C., Anderson, L., McKnight, A. & McAneney, H., 23 Apr 2019, In : Systematic Reviews. 8, 102, p. 1-6

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Bates Prize

Helen McAneney (Recipient), 2001

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

university teacher

Methodology Research Fellowship

Helen McAneney (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Shortlisted for Vice Chancellor's Team Award, Queen's University

Helen McAneney (Recipient), Feb 2020

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

STEM Certificate

Helen McAneney (Recipient), Feb 2020

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2005 2020

Trials Methodology Research Partnership - Trial Conduct Working Group (External organisation)

Helen McAneney (Member)
Jan 2020 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of national or international committees and working groups

Educational Teaching Toolkits from QUB

Helen McAneney (Invited speaker)
12 Mar 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

RARDTAC: Raising Awareness of Rare Diseases Throughout All Communities

Helen McAneney (Participant)
16 Jan 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Suja Somanadhan

Helen McAneney (Host)
30 Jan 2020

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

Rare Disease Day 2020: Reframe Rare

Helen McAneney (Participant)
28 Feb 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


A Social Network Analysis of Interschool Collaboration: Staff Relationships in a Shared Education Partnership

Author: Robinson, G., Jun 2016

Supervisor: Gallagher, A. (Supervisor) & McAneney, H. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy