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Supporting the translation of established statistical methodology into research practice

Statistics is fundamental to medical research. Statistical methodology drives sampling techniques, study design, methods for monitoring, data analysis, and the interpretation and reporting of results.

As a consequence, statisticians are vital partners in NIHR sponsored research, ensuring that research is of the highest quality. There are hundreds of statisticians employed either directly by NIHR funded units or through NIHR research grants. These statisticians are spread geographically across the UK. Many statisticians are responsible for collaborating across a diverse range of clinical and methodological research areas which can be challenging.

The NIHR Statistics Group has been formed to support NIHR statisticians, share expertise, facilitate communication and collaboration, it aims to provide opportunities for professional development, networking and collaboration. In order to achieve this, the group works with the individuals in the MRC Trials Hubs, pharmaceutical companies and UK academic institutions. Professor Deborah Ashby, OBE, Chair HTA Commissioning Board, Deputy Chair of the HTA Programme, and NIHR Senior Investigator, Imperial College London, says:

“NIHR is supporting statisticians across the country, who are often at the heart of health research projects. Statisticians develop best as professionals by learning from each other, but some can be isolated or based in small groups. This group offers the opportunity to come together to support each other and share good practice.”

Acknowledgements

 

Meet the organising committee

Victoria Cornelius

Co-Lead (Chair)

Imperial College London

Janet Peacock

Co-Lead

King's College London

Section Leader

Kings College London

Dawn Teare
Section Leader, Laboratory Studies

University of Sheffield

Section Leader, Early Phase Clinical Trials

Cambridge Clinical Trials Unit

Susan Mallet
Section Leader, Imaging Studies

University of Birmingham

Section Leader, Imaging Studies

University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Sam Leary

Membership Secretary

University of Bristol

Laura Flight

Trainee Representative

University of Sheffield

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