Ursula Bowler

Senior Trials Manager


Ursula Bowler joined the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit in September 1990 and has worked on a wide variety of research studies including a longitudinal follow-up study, a Delphi Study looking at priorities for research in midwifery and randomised controlled trials in phases II, III and IV. In 2001 she was appointed Senior Trials Manager; in this role she oversees the management of the trials within the CTU portfolio. She is a senior member of the NPEU CTU Core Trials Team who support investigators with research ideas that they would like to develop, and offer advice or support on all aspects of trial design, management, conduct and analysis. Her work includes wide ranging collaborations with the HRA, with a view to rationalising the bureaucratic burden surrounding trials, the NHS R&D Forum, several charities, parent & public involvement and numerous sponsoring organisations. Her approach is founded on common sense, a keen eye for identifying problems before they occur and finding practical solutions in often challenging circumstances.


Morgan K, Juszczak E, Bowler U. A practical solution to 'Continuing Care Site' issues in neonatal clinical trials - a pragmatic approach to regulatory and research governance review. Trials 2011; 12 Suppl 1: A37.

Gardner F, Johnson A, Yudkin P, Bowler U, Hockley C, Mutch L, Wariyar U; Extremely Low Gestational Age Steering Group. Behavioral and emotional adjustment of teenagers in mainstream school who were born before 29 weeks' gestation.Pediatrics. 2004 Sep;114(3):676-82.

Johnson A, Bowler U, Yudkin P et al.  Health and school performance of teenagers born before 29 weeks gestation.  Arch Dis Child  Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2003 May;88(3):F190-8.

McCandlish R, Renfrew M, Kettle C, Garcia J, Elbourne D, Bowler U.  The HOOP study: robust evidence for perineal care?  British Journal of Midwifery 2003;11(3):143-147.

McCandlish R, Bowler U, van Asten H et al.  A randomised controlled trial of care of the perineum during second stage of normal labour.  Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 1998 Dec;105(12):1262-72.

Sleep J, Renfrew MJ, Dunn A, Bowler U, Garcia J.  Establishing priorities for research:  report of a Delphi survey.  Br J Midwifery. 1995;3:323-21.

Rona McCandlish, Mary Renfrew, Ursula Bowler et al.  Antenatal treatments for flat or inverted nipples: the MAIN Trial results.  N Generation Dig 1995;No9:2-6.

The MAIN Trial Collaborative Group.  Preparing for breast feeding: treatment of inverted and non-protractile nipples in pregnancy.  Midwifery 1994;10:200-14.

McCandlish R, Renfrew MJ, Bowler U, Ashurst H.  Getting results: organising and analysing data from the MAIN Trial.  Research and the Midwifery conference, Glasgow and London, November 1992.  In: Research and the Midwife Conference Proceedings 1992. Manchester:  University of Manchester; 1993:17-25.