Making a Difference in Health Care Research

Oxford

The Centre for Statistics in Medicine (Director: Professor Doug Altman) collaborates in health care research, conducts applied statistical research, and runs training courses/workshops for health care workers and statisticians.

Statisticians within the CSM are involved in an extensive programme of collaborative projects with clinicians and other health care researchers in Oxford and further afield. The CSM has a particularly strong activity in clinical trials, and is a key component of three UKCRC registered clinical trials units: the Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit (OCTRU: covering trials in cancer, surgery, respiratory medicine, gastroenterology, and musculoskeletal science); the Oxford Cognitive Health and Neuroscience Clinical Trials Unit (OCHNCTU), and the Primary Care and Vaccines Collaborative Clinical Trials Unit (PCVC-CTU). The CSM is also part of the Research and Design Services South Central (RDS) funded by the NIHR, which provides free support to researchers on grant applications.

Other statisticians within the CSM work primarily on a programme of methodological research, in particular relating to studies of diagnosis, prognosis, and clinical trials. The CSM carries out a programme of work aiming at improving the reporting of research and hosts the EQUATOR initiative. Members of all groups within the CSM participate in training activities.