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Inaugural Lecture by Honorary Professor Stephen Senn FRSE

"Numbers needed to mislead, meta-analysis and muddled thinking"

Wednesday 26th October 2016

5.15pm-6.00pm (Followed by a wine reception)

Lecture Theatre 4, The Diamond

Admission Free - Register to attend here

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

Latest Publications

Dimairo M, Boote J, Julious SA, Nicholl JP and Todd S (2015) Missing steps in a staircase: a quantitative study of the perspectives of key stakeholders on the use of adaptive designs in confirmatory trials. Trials, 16(1), 430.

Flight L & Julious SA (2015) The disagreeable behaviour of the kappa statistic. Pharmaceutical Statistics, 14(1), 74-78.

Whitehead AL, Julious SA, Cooper CL & Campbell MJ (2015) Estimating the sample size for a pilot randomised trial to minimise the overall trial sample size for the external pilot and main trial for a continuous outcome variable. Stat Methods Med Res. View this article in White Rose Research Online

Arain M, Campbell MJ & Nicholl JP (2015) Impact of a GP-led walk-in centre on NHS emergency departments. Emergency Medicine Journal, 32(4), 295-300.

Cooper CL, Hind D, Duncan R, Walters S, Lartey A, Lee E & Bradburn M (2015) A rapid review indicated higher recruitment rates in treatment trials than in prevention trials. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 68(3), 347-354.


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.

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.