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The Group

Quantitative thinking is fundamental to most medical research, and the Medical Statistics Group collaborates with all areas of ScHARR, and with the other Schools in the Faculty of Medicine, and with the wider medical research community.

The Medical Statistics Group (MSG) aims to:

  • Develop and maintain a strong portfolio of research in statistical areas relevant to medical and health related research.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to develop and deliver high quality research, that is recognised both nationally and internationally.
  • Develop and deliver excellent quality research-informed teaching relevant to today's students, at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development levels.
  • To contribute to the corporate aims of ScHARR, Faculty and the University and engage with the wider external community in a manner that will benefit the group, ScHARR and the University.

The Group operates in the three main areas of research, teaching and consultancy.

Group Director: Professor Steven A Julious

Group Deputy Director: Dr Dawn Teare

The Medical Statistics Group is located within the Design, Trials & Statistics Section


The Medical Statistics Group aims to develop and deliver excellent quality research-informed teaching relevant to today's students, at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development levels.

The statisticians' in the Medical Statistics Group teach and examine across the whole range of ScHARR´s teaching activities.

Please click here for more information on the key courses we teach.

Latest Publications

Lee EC, Whitehead AL, Jacques RM & Julious SA (2014) The statistical interpretation of pilot trials: should significance thresholds be reconsidered? BMC Med Res Methodol, 14(1), 41. View this article in White Rose Research Online

Sully BGO, Julious SA & Nicholl J (2014) An investigation of the impact of futility analysis in publicly funded trials. Trials, 15(1).

Glasziou P, Altman DG, Bossuyt P, Boutron I, Clarke M, Julious S, Michie S, Moher D & Wager E (2014) Reducing waste from incomplete or unusable reports of biomedical research. Lancet.

Crisp E & Julious SA (2014) The analysis of the use of 'unascertained' for sudden unexpected deaths in infancy from 1988 to 2010. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 99(3), 300-301.

Goyder E, Minton J, Everson-Hock E, Read S, Horspool K, Latimer N, Scott E, Walters SJ, Hind D, Dimairo M, Cooper C, Breckon J, Copeland R, Crank H, Humphreys L, Hutchison A, Kesterton S, Swaile P, Wood R & Collins K (2014) A randomised controlled trial and cost-effectiveness evaluation of 'booster' interventions to sustain increases in physical activity in middle-aged adults in deprived urban neighbourhoods. Health Technology Assessment, 18(13), 1-209.

Teare M, Dimairo M, Shephard N, Hayman A, Whitehead A & Walters S (2014) Sample size requirements to estimate key design parameters from external pilot randomised controlled trials: a simulation study. Trials, 15(1), 264.

Hill CL, Baird WO & Walters SJ (2014) Quality of life in children and adolescents with Osteogenesis Imperfecta: a qualitative interview based study. Health Qual Life Outcomes, 12(1), 54.

Current Research Projects

NHS Health Technology Assessment Programme. Preventing and Lessening Exacerbations of Asthma in School-age children Associated with a New Term (PLEASANT). Julious SA, Horspool M, Boote J, Smithson H, Elphick H, van Staa T, Davis S, Norman P and Cooper CL. £486,500.

NIHR Research Methods Fellowship.  Adaptive designs in publicly funded research. Nicholl J and Julious SA. £91,000, 2011.

NIHR Doctoral Fellowship. Adaptive designs in publicly funded research: Munya Dimairo. Dimairo M, Julious SA, Nicholl J and Todd SC. £194,000.