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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

Janet Peacock

Joint Lead

King's College London

Dawn Teare
Joint Lead

University of Sheffield

Training Lead; Group Leader Ophthalmology; Group Co-leader, Improving Statistical Literacy

King's College London

Group Leader, Early Phase Clinical Trials

Cambridge Clinical Trials Unit

Susan Mallet
Group Co-leader, Imaging Studies

University of Birmingham

Group Leader, Laboratory Studies

University of Birmingham

Sam Leary

Working Group Co-ordinator, Group Lead Career Development

University of Bristol

Advisor

University of Oxford

Andy Vail

Advisor

University of Manchester

Laura Flight

Trainee Representative

University of Sheffield

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