- Centre for Statistics in Medicine Research Group
BSc, MSc, MSc, PhD
Senior Medical Statistician
I am a medical statistician at the Centre for Statistics in Medicine (CSM) providing input to, and statistical management of, collaborative clinical trials (currently CAMELLIA, Cytofloc, DEBIOC, FOXFIRE, IntReALL SR, NuTide:301, and PemBla). I have extensive experience collaborating on health research projects in fields such as cardiovascular medicine, gastroenterology, nutrition, oncology, paediatrics and public health, and have co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications and a number of external scientific reports. As ophthalmological data analysis is a long-standing interest of mine, I am a member of the NIHR Statistics group – ophthalmology research section and the Ophthalmic Statistics Group.
I provide independent review for statistical study reports, journal submissions and grant applications at a national and international level. I serve as a statistical adviser on the editorial boards of Annals of Gastroenterology and BMC Ophthalmology. I am also one of the Centre for Statistics in Medicine (CSM) advisors for the South Central Research Design Service.
I am experienced in teaching medical statistics to biomedical researchers; as an assistant professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Social Medicine at the University of Crete for over eight years, I taught medical statistics courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. At CSM, I have presented at an Advanced Topics workshop and I facilitate on the annual CSM Randomised Controlled Trials course.
I graduated from Sheffield University with a BSc in Mathematics (1993) and completed an MSc in Applied Statistics at the University of Oxford (1994). After working as a medical statistician, I undertook an MSc in Quantitative Genetics and Genome Analysis at the University of Edinburgh (2000) and a PhD in Health Sciences (2002) at the University of Crete, Greece. In 2011, I spent two months at the University of Minnesota, USA, as a Fulbright Research Scholar.
My career in medical statistics started at the Biostatistics Unit of the University of Crete, where I collaborated on a WHO project aiming to set up a Cretan Cancer Registry. I joined CSM as a senior medical statistician in 2015.
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