Tahir Masud

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Professor Tahir Masud


CONSULTANT PHYSICIAN AND GERIATRICIAN, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust –from 1994
Current roles: 50% clinical, 50% research, fully NHS funded


SPECIAL PROFESSOR (HONORARY PROFESSOR) IN GERIATRIC MEDICINE, University of Nottingham Medical School from June 2009 onwards


University of Southern Denmark, Denmark from Aug 2010 (10% of my salary)


• Exercise
• Falls
• Osteoporosis,
• Vibration therapy
• Translational research in older people

I head the Clinical Gerontology Research Unit at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (City Hospital Campus) which underpins the above research. This link will be important in collaborative work between the University of Nottingham and the NHS, particularly in translating basic science work to older people.


1.NIHR-HTA Grant of £1.78 million (2008)- Multi-centre cluster randomised trial comparing a
community group exercise programme with home based exercise with usual care for people aged 65 and over in primary care - ProAct 65+ (Iliffe S, Kendrick D, Morris R, Skelton D, Gage H, Dinan S, Stevens Z, Pearl M, Masud T)

2.The above project has been supplemented by a £64,288 grant (2009) from the National Osteoporosis Society to assess bone density measures as an outcome measure in the study (Lead applicant is Dr K. Brooke-Wavell, University of Loughborough) .

3.Usefulness of Nintendo Wii in balance training programme for older fallers. Feasibility study. £10,000 pump priming from Nottingham University Hospitals R&D (2010)

4.Systematic Review on chair based exercise in older people. £21,211 Flexibility and Sustainability Fund Nottingham PCT (2010). (with Professors Gladman and Avery)

5.Systematic Review on Dementia and Falls £33,726 (with professors Gladman and Harwood). Flexibility and Sustainability Fund Nottingham PCT (2010).

6.Multi-centre randomised controlled trial to evaluate effectiveness of Day Hospitals in reducing falls in older people identified in the community at high risk. This study has attracted £210,000 in peer-reviewed grants. I am the lead grant holder for a £50,000 grant from the Derby/Notts/Lincs Research Alliance to pump prime the project, and we have gained a further £150,000 in the form of a Dhole Fellowship (for Dr Simon Conroy) from Research into Ageing. A further £10,000 from Nottingham University Hospitals charitable funds to complete the project

7. £20,692 to investigate Whole Body Vibration in Older people (2007) (£14,000 from the National Osteoporosis Society, and £6692 from the British geriatrics Society)

8. £5000 Interdisciplinary Bridging Award for Study on “Genetics of Fallers” (with Dr Jonathan Folland, University of Loughborough) (2008)


Masud T, Langley S, Wiltshire P, Doyle DV, Spector TD. Effect of spinal osteophytosis on bone mineral density measurements in vertebral osteoporosis. BMJ 1993;307:172-3.

Masud T, Jawed S, Doyle DV, Spector TD. A population study of the screening potential of assessment of trabecular pattern of the femoral neck (Singh Index): The Chingford Study. Br J Radiol 1995; 68: 389-393.

Masud T, Mootoosamy I, McCloskey EV, King D, Matson M, Doyle DV, Spector TD. Assessment of osteopenia from spine radiographs using two different methods. Br J Radiol 1996; 69:451-456.

Masud T, Mulcahy B, Thompson AV, Donnelly S, Keen R, Doyle DV, Spector TD. Effects of cyclical etidronate combined with calcitriol alone on spine and femoral neck bone mineral density in postmenopausal osteoporotic women. Annals Rheum Dis 1998; 57: 346-349.

Brooke-Waavell K, Athersmith L, Jones PRM, Masud T. Brisk walking and postural stability: a cross- sectional study in postmenopausal women. Gerontology 1998; 44: 288-292.

.Sahota O, Masud T, San P, Hosking DJ. Vitamin D insufficiency increases bone turnover markers and enhances bone loss at the hip in patients with established vertebral osteoporosis. Clinical Endocrinology 1999; 51: 217-221.

.Morris RO, Sonibare A, Green D,Masud T. Pelvic fractures: characteristics an outcomes in older patients admitted to medical and geriatric wards. Postgrad Med J 2000; 76: 646-50.

Masud T, Francis. The increasing use of peripheral bone densitometry. BMJ 2000; 321: 396-8.

Masud T, Jordan D, Hosking DJ. Prevalence of Distal Forearm Fracture History in an older community population: The Nottingham Community Osteoporosis (NOCOS) Study. Age Ageing 2001; 30:255-8.

.Jawed S, Horton B, Masud T. Quantitative heel ultrasound variables in powerlifters and controls. Br J Sports Med 2001; 35:274-5.

.Morris R, Masud T. Measuring quality of life in osteoporosis. Age Ageing 2001; 30:371-3.

Masud T, Morris RO. Epidemiology of falls. Age Ageing; 2001:30 (suppl 4): 3-7.
32.PearsonB, Skelly R, Wileman D, Masud T. Unplanned readmission to hospital: a comparison of the views of general practitioners and hospital staff. Age Ageing 2002; 31:141-3.

.Masud T, Giannini S. Preventing osteoporotic fractures with bisphosphonates. A review of the efficacy and tolerability. Ageing Clin Exp Res 2003; 15: 89-98.

.Harwood RH, Sahota O, Gaynor K, Masud T, Hosking DJ. A randomised, controlled comparison of different calcium and Vitamin D supplementation regimens in elderly women after hip fracture: The Nottingham Neck of Femur (NoNOF) study. Age Ageing 2004; 33: 45-51.

Pearson D, Taylor R, Masud T. The relationship between social deprivation, osteoporosis and falls. Osteoporosis Int 2004; 15:132-8.

.Skelton DA, Todd C, Dinan S, Iliffe S, Laventure B, Masud T. Exercise interventions in frequent fallers- evidence emerges faster than guidelines? Letter (BMJ, published on web 29th March 2004)

.Harwood R, Foss AJE, Osborn F, Gregson RM, Zaman A, Masud T. Falls and Health status in elderly women following first eye cataract surgery: a randomised controlled trial. Br J Opthalmol 2005;89:53-59.

.Morris R, Harwood RH, Baker R, Sahota O, Armstrong S, Masud T. A comparison of different balance tests in the prediction of falls in older women with vertebral fractures: a cohort study. Age Ageing 2007; 36:78-83.

.Brooke-Wavell K, Khan AS, Taylor R, Masud T. Lower calcaneal bone mineral density and broadband
ultrasonic attenuation, but not speed of sound, in South Asian than white European women. Ann Hum Biol. 2008; 35:386-93.

.Iliffe S, Masud T, Skelton D, Kendrick D.. Promotion of exercise in primary care. BMJ 2008; 337:a2430.

Masud T, McClung M, Geusens P. Reducing hip fracture risk with risedronate in elderly women with
established osteoporosis. Clin Interv Aging. 2009; 4: 445-9

DIPART (Vitamin D Individual Patient Analysis of Randomized Trials) Group (Abrahamsen B, Masud T ,) Patient level pooled analysis of 68 500 patients from seven major vitamin D fracture trials in US and Europe. .BMJ. 2010 ;340: b5463.

.Iliffe S, Kendrick D, Morris R, Skelton D, Gage H, Dinan S, Stevens Z, Pearl M, Masud T. Multi-centre cluster randomised trial comparing a community group exercise programme with home based exercise with usual care for people aged 65 and over in primary care: protocol of the ProAct 65+ trial. Trials. 2010; 11: 6.

Conroy S, Kendrick D, Harwood R, Gladman J, Coupland C, Sach T, Drummond A, Youde J, Edmans J, Masud T. A multicentre randomised controlled trial of day hospital-based falls prevention programme for a screened population of community-dwelling older people at high risk of falls. Age Ageing. 2010: 39: 704-10.
Irvine L, Conroy SP, Sach T, Gladman JR, Harwood RH, Kendrick D, Coupland C, Drummond A, Barton G, Masud T. Cost-effectiveness of a day hospital falls prevention programme for screened community-dwelling older people at high risk of falls. Age Ageing. 2010 39:710-6.


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