Peter Andrews

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Consultant and Honorary Professor Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine

Peter Andrews is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Anaesthesia at the University of Edinburgh, from August 1, 2007. He has an international reputation in Neurological Intensive Care and has sustained an active, externally funded research programme over many years. 

Research streams include; “Direct Brain Cooling” studies attracting external funding of over £250K and public recognition of the importance of this work. This work has lead to grant funding to develop non-invasive measurement of regional brain temperature using magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

Prof. Andrews is the Chief Investigator of the EUROTHERM3235Trial ( investigating the use of titrated hypothermia after traumatic brain injury in patients with raised intracranial pressure. This has attracted funding of £900K from the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine for the pilot phase and the National Institute for Health, Health Technology Assessment board recently (September 2012) awarded £2.18Million for main phase of the trial.

Prof Andrews was the Chief Investigator of the “SIGNET Trial” (RCT in Scottish Intensive Care Units). This was the first UK non-commercial multicentre CT-IMP trial in critical care and had funding of over £1.5M (including £1.1M from the MRC, UK).

Prof Andrews also leads a laboratory research programme studying inflammation after lateral fluid percussion brain injury.

Prof Andrews is chairman of the VANISH Trial DMC and a member of another 2 DMCs.

Prof Andrews is section head for Neurological-Intensive Care (Europe) at Faculty of Medicine 1000 (, Editor-in-Chief of The Open Critical Care Medicine Journal, from May14, 2008 and member of the Scottish Neuroscience Council.

Prof Andrews has been an external PhD examiner at the universities of Cambridge, London, Upsalla, Gothenberg, Aberdeen, Glasgow & London.

Research Publications

Hemphill JC, Andrews P, De Georgia M, M.  2011.  Multimodal monitoring and neurocritical care bioinformatics.. Nature reviews. Neurology. 7(8):451-60. Abstract
Andrews P, Avenell A, Noble DW, Campbell MK, Croal BL, Simpson WG, Vale LD, Battison CG, Jenkinson DJ, Cook JA et al..  2011.  Randomised trial of glutamine, selenium, or both, to supplement parenteral nutrition for critically ill patients.. BMJ (Clinical research ed.). 342:d1542. Abstract
Spain A, Daumas S, Lifshitz J, Rhodes J, Andrews P, Horsburgh K, Fowler JH.  2010.  Mild fluid percussion injury in mice produces evolving selective axonal pathology and cognitive deficits relevant to human brain injury.. Journal of neurotrauma. 27(8):1429-38. Abstract
Young N, Rhodes J, Mascia L, Andrews P.  2010.  Ventilatory strategies for patients with acute brain injury.. Current opinion in critical care. 16(1):45-52. Abstract
Lyon RM, Richardson SE, Hay AW, Andrews P, Robertson CE, Clegg GR.  2010.  Esophageal temperature after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: an observational study.. Resuscitation. 81(7):867-71. Abstract
Conway Morris A, Kefala K, Wilkinson TS, Moncayo-Nieto OL, Dhaliwal K, Farrell L, Walsh TS, Mackenzie SJ, Swann DG, Andrews P et al..  2010.  Diagnostic importance of pulmonary interleukin-1beta and interleukin-8 in ventilator-associated pneumonia.. Thorax. 65(3):201-7. Abstract
Rhodes J, Sharkey J, Andrews P.  2009.  Serum IL-8 and MCP-1 concentration do not identify patients with enlarging contusions after traumatic brain injury.. The Journal of trauma. 66(6):1591-7;discussion1598. Abstract