Professor Doug Altman

Director of CSM and Cancer Research UK Medical Statistics Group

Doug Altman

Prof. Doug Altman graduated in statistics from the University of Bath. His first job was in the Department of Community Medicine at St Thomas's Hospital Medical School. He then spent 11 years working for the Medical Research Council's Clinical Research Centre where he worked almost entirely as a statistical consultant in a wide variety of medical areas. In 1988 he became head of the newly formed Medical Statistics Laboratory (now Medical Statistics Group) at ICRF (now Cancer Research UK), and in 1995 also became founding director of the Centre for Statistics in Medicine (CSM) in Oxford. In 1998 he was made Professor of Statistics in Medicine by the University of Oxford.

Doug is statistical advisor to the British Medical Journal, where he is a member of the editorial "hanging committee". In 1997 he received the Bradford Hill Medal for his contributions to medical statistics and a DSc from the University of London. He is a co-convenor of the statistical Methods Group of the Cochrane Collaboration. He is author of Practical Statistics for Medical Research (1991) and co-editor of Statistics with Confidence (1989 and 2000), Systematic Reviews (1995), and Systematic Reviews in Health Care (2001).

His varied research interests include the use and abuse of statistics in medical research, studies of prognosis, regression modelling, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, randomised trials, and studies of medical measurement.