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Beverly Shirkey


Medical Statistician

Passionate about ethical, well-designed and well-conducted research

I feel very proud to be part of the large team of statisticians and clinical trial specialists at the Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit (OCTRU) and Centre for Statistics in Medicine (CSM), working together on clinical trials that will help improve healthcare. While my main interests lie in surgical and pragmatic trials, I also work on other types of trials, such as device and first-in-man trials.

My research interests include clinical trial design and analysis, graphical methods of displaying results and prognostic research.

Beyond my statistics skills, I have actuarial science experience and have worked in project management. For example, I was the assistant project manager of the ALLHAT (Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack) trial, which enrolled over 42,000 participants at over 600 clinical sites. I also worked at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Children’s Hospital and at the Houston Methodist Hospital Research Institute. There I generated tailored reports of surgeons’ outcomes and helped categorise, organise and update the Compendium of Ethical and Methodological Standards for Clinical Trials, a collection of over 1,700 standards for the design and conduct of clinical trials.

I graduated with a BS in Mathematics (Statistics Option) from the University of Texas at Arlington. Both my MS and PhD in Biostatistics are from the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston School of Public Health. These biostatistics degrees also heavily emphasised epidemiology and ethics. My thesis topic was “Hierarchical Linear Models for Clinical Trials” and my dissertation topic was “Misclassification in Ordinal Regression”.

I joined OCTRU and CSM in June 2016.

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