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    Streaking Meerkats member takes on a new challenge

    Streaking Meerkats team member Karen Beck (Section Manager in DTS) now faces a new challenge as team captain of “Becks Bootcampers” who are undertaking the Global Corporate Challenge.

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    NIHR Research Methods Fellow Laura Flight

    Laura Flight started in ScHARR in October as a NIHR Research Methods Fellow which was awarded to Steven Julious and Steve Goodacre.

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    £1.5 million Funding Award for Aphasia Research

    A research team based in the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology group (RAT) and the Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU) have been awarded £1.5 million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment programme.  This is to carry out a randomised control trial investigating the clinical and cost-effectiveness of aphasia computer treatment long-term post-stroke.

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    A Winning Infographic

    Ellen Lee, a medical statistician within the DTS section, was part of a team who won first prize in a national infographic competition from The British Library and Research Councils UK.

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    3Mg Trial

    Judith Cohen and Mike Bradburn, along with the Chief Investigator Professor Steve Goodacre (Health Services Research) and other colleagues in ScHARR and elsewhere have recently been involved in the analysis and reporting of a randomised controlled trial (RCT) to evaluate the effectiveness of intravenous or nebulised magnesium sulphate versus placebo in adults with acute severe asthma.

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    Royal Statistical Society Conference 2014

    The Royal Statistical Society are holding their annual conference in Sheffield this year, from 1-4 September 2014.

    The Chair of the Programme committee is Mike Campbell, Chair of Medical Statistics in ScHARR and the Local Group member is Sara Hilditch, Head of the Sheffield Statistics Consulting Unit (SSU). This has involved a year of preparation, and is now almost ready.

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    PLINY Study

    ‘Putting Life in Years’ (PLINY) telephone friendship groups research study: pilot randomised controlled trial.
    Danny Hind, Rebecca Gossage-Worrall, Cindy Cooper, Saleema Rex and Stephen Walters, along with the Chief Investigator Professor Gail Mountain (Health Services Research) and other colleagues in ScHARR and elsewhere have recently been involved in the analysis and reporting of a pilot randomised controlled trial (RCT) to assess the feasibility of a trial to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of telephone befriending for the maintenance of health related quality of life (HRQoL) in older people.

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    Booster RCT

    Danny Hind, Munya Dimario, Cindy Cooper and Stephen Walters, along with the Chief Investigator Professor Liddy Goyder (in Public Health) and other colleagues in ScHARR and Sheffield Hallam University have recently been involved in the analysis and reporting of a randomised controlled trial (RCT) to evaluate the effectiveness of booster interventions to sustain increases in physical activity in middle-aged adults in deprived urban neighbourhoods.

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    A word from the Director

    Welcome to the first of a series of newsletters from the Design, Trials and Statistics (DTS) section at the University of Sheffield. We are aiming to communicate with many people - colleagues and collaborators, clients and research funding bodies, potential and previous students.

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    CTRU staff co-applicants in successful £1.9 million research grant

    Mike Bradburn and Danny Hind of the CTRU in partnership with colleagues from the Sheffield Health and Social Care Consortium and the Chief Investigator Professor Richard Holt (from the University of Southampton) were successful in being awarded a prestigious £1.9 million grant from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme.

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    Why are adaptive designs not routinely implemented in publicly funded setting?

    Munya Dimairo, a medical statistician within the DTS section, has been awarded a highly regarded three–year NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship to undertake methodological research into the utility of adaptive designs in publicly funded trials.

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    Streaking Meerkats take on the Sheffield Half Marathon

    Karen Beck, Section Administrator in DTS will be running the Sheffield Half Marathon on Sunday 6 April 2014 as part of a team of over 30 runners.  The team, Streaking Meerkats are fundraising for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and SITraN.

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    Conference News

    DTS was well represented at the 2nd UK Clinical Trials Methodology Conference: Methodology Matters, in November 2013 in Edinburgh. This conference highlighted the important clinical trials methodological research that DTS staff are working on. 

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    Corn plasters good for feet!

    Staff in DTS (Mike Bradburn and Stephen Walters), along with Professor Wesley Vernon and Dr Lisa Farndon, and Professor Simon Dixon (in HEDS) have recently been involved in the analysis and reporting of randomised controlled trial (RCT) to evaluate the effectiveness of salicylic acid plasters compared with usual scalpel debridement for the treatment of corns.

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    MSc in Statistics with Medical Applications

    The MSc Statistics with Medical Applications (SwMA), taught jointly by the (SoMaS) School of Mathematics and Statistics and staff in DTS, is a Master’s level degree in medical statistics aimed at those who wish to pursue careers as a statistician in the health sector and at those who wish to continue with academic research.