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 Max Barnish

Max Barnish

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Health Technology Assessment

01392 72 3809

South Cloisters 3.09

I currently work in the Peninsula Technology Assessment Group (PenTAG) as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Health Technology Assessment. My primary role is as a systematic reviewer on health technology assessment projects commissioned by NICE. I arrived from the University of Aberdeen in July 2017.

My background is in epidemiology and public health research with wide-ranging topic experience including Parkinson’s disease, asthma and musculoskeletal health. I also have an interest in the applicability and promotion of research. I currently serve as the Chair Elect for the Early Career Researchers Subcommittee of the Society for Social Medicine.


  • PhD, Health Sciences, University of East Anglia
  • MSc, Speech and Hearing Sciences, University College London (Distinction)
  • MA, English, Open University (Distinction)
  • MA (Undergraduate), Linguistics, University of Cambridge (Upper Second)


Research interests

I am interested in all aspects of social epidemiology, public health and health services research, with a particular focus on evidence synthesis and applicability.

Full-text peer-reviewed publications since 2016

IF = Thomson Reuters impact factor at date of acceptance

  1. Barnish M, Morgan HM, Barnish J. The 2016 HIGh Heels Health effects And psychosexual BenefITS (HIGH HABITS) study: systematic review of reviews and additional primary studies. BMC Public Health; in press. IF = 2.265

  2. Macfarlane GJ, Barnish MS, Jones GT. Persons with chronic widespread pain experience excess mortality: longitudinal results from UK Biobank and meta-analysis. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 2017; [Epub ahead of print], doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2017-211476 . IF = 12.384.

  3. Macfarlane GJ, Barnish MS, Pathan E, Martin KR, Haywood KL, Siebert S, Packham J, Atzeni F, Jones GT. The co-occurrence and characteristics of patients with axial spondyloarthritis who meet criteria for fibromyalgia: results from a UK national register (BSRBR-AS). Arthritis and Rheumatology 2017; [Epub ahead of print], doi: 10.1002/art.40185. IF = 8.955.

  4. Barnish MS, Turner S. The value of pragmatic and observational studies in health care and public health. Pragmatic and Observational Research 2017; 8: 49-55.

  5. Barnish MS, Horton SMC, Butterfint ZR, Clark AB, Atkinson RA, Deane KHO. Speech and communication in Parkinson’s disease: a cross-sectional exploratory study in the UK. BMJ Open 2017; 7: e014642. IF = 2.562.

  6. Barnish MS, Tagiyeva N, Devereux G, Aucott L, Turner S. Changes in the relationship between asthma and associated risk factors over fifty years. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology 2017; 28: 162-169. IF = 3.947.

  7. Barnish J, Atkinson RA, Barran SM, Barnish MS. Potential benefit of singing for people with Parkinson's disease: a systematic review. Journal of Parkinson's Disease 2016; 6: 473-484. IF = 3.015.

  8. Barnish MS, Whibley D, Horton SMC, Butterfint ZR, Deane KHO. Roles of cognitive status and intelligibility in everyday communication in Parkinson's disease: a systematic review. Journal of Parkinson's Disease 2016; 6: 453-462. IF = 1.910.

  9. Barnish MS, Barnish J. High-heeled shoes and musculoskeletal injuries: a narrative systematic review. BMJ Open 2016; 6: e010053. IF = 2.271.


Research projects

 As part of PenTAG, I am currently working on:

  • Biomarker tests to help diagnose preterm labour in women with intact membranes


I am also collaborating with staff at the University of Aberdeen to finish a number of projects

Committee/panel activities

  • Chair Elect, Early Career Researchers Subcommittee, Society for Social Medicine
  • Committee Member, Main Committee, Society for Social Medicine

Invited lectures

  • Health policy and the politics of being an Early Career Researcher, Early Career Researchers Workshop, Society for Social Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting, Manchester (UK), September 2017

Media Coverage

  • My work has featured widely in popular and health-related media
  • I have also published clinical feature articles in the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Bulletin on my work about functional communication in Parkinson’s disease

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