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Virginia Chiocchia

BSc, MSc

Medical Statistician

Trial statistician with experience in surgical research and a keen interest in public engagement

I joined the Centre for Statistics in Medicine (CSM) as part of the Surgical Intervention Trials Unit (SITU) in October 2013 where I contribute to the design, conduct and statistical analysis of randomised controlled trials.  I am the trial statistician for the COPE project (three trials assessing new preservation and reconditioning strategies for kidneys and livers procured for transplantation), the UK TAVI Trial (assessing the clinical effectiveness and cost-utility of transcatheter aortic valve implantation compared with conventional surgical aortic valve replacement) and the HYDRA-P feasibility study (pilot trial looking at hydration and bicarbonate to prevent acute renal injury after endovascular aneurysm repair).

I am a facilitator at the CSM Randomised Controlled Trials course and a demonstrator for the STATA course at the Oxford University IT Services.

I am also involved in methodological projects such as systematic reviews and epidemiological studies co-ordinated within CSM and in observational studies with external collaborators.

For the past 2 years I have been a member of the Visibility of Women Working Group and the Outreach Working Group of the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) as I have a very strong interest in public engagement activities events. Together with other members of NDS and SITU, I took part in the 2016 Oxfordshire Science Festival where we showcased the multidisciplinary department research through interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities.

I completed an undergraduate in Statistics and Information Technologies from Università La Sapienza in Rome, followed by an MSc in Medical Statistics from Oxford Brookes University in 2013 with a dissertation project in collaboration with the Health Economics Research Centre (HERC) of Oxford University and Oxford PharmaGenesis on the association between the Oxford Hip Score instrument and health-related quality of life EQ-5D utility values.

In my spare time I enjoy outdoor activites and cooking. I love travelling and going to concerts, music festivals and all sorts of theatre shows.

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