Sylvia Richardson awarded International Society for Bayesian Analysis fellowship at ISBA World Meeting 2014

A ceremony has taken place to announce the new named ISBA fellows at the ISBA World Meeting in the beautiful scenario of Cancun, Mexico on July 14-18. Congratulations, Sylvia! More...

Current Vacancies at MRC Biostatistics Unit

  • Investigator Statistician to carry out methodological research and statistical analysis in stratified medicine linked to MRC-funded projects on rheumatoid arthritis and Gaucher disease.
  • Senior Investigator Statistician to lead on a range of projects within an overall programme on the "Statistics of Stratified Medicine and Analysis of Complex Phenotypes".
  • Investigator Statistician to develop and publish statistical methodology relevant to the Cancer Research UK funded grant "Improving the power of phase II oncology trials through the use of continuous tumour measurements". More...

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Improving the quality of analyses in phase II oncology trials assessing the effectiveness of new anti-cancer treatments

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James Wason, member of Adrian Mander's Adaptive Clinical Trials research group in the MRC Biostatistics Unit (BSU), is working on improving the quality of analyses in phase II oncology trials. Phase II oncology trials are conducted to gather information on the effectiveness of new anti-cancer treatments. This is to decide whether a phase III trial, []

Detecting Streptococcus pneumoniae serotypes


Richard Newton, member of Lorenz Wernisch’s group from the BSU’s Statistical Genomics theme, is analysing data on Streptococcus pneumoniae, also called pneumococcus, which is the main cause of pneumonia and meningitis in children and the elderly and a major cause of mortality worldwide. Asymptomatic carriage of the pneumococcus in the nasopharynx facilitates onwards transmission to []

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