Director- Sylvia Richardson
The MRC Biostatistics Unit, located in Cambridge, was founded in 1913-14. Its aims are to advance understanding of the cause, natural history and treatment of disease, and to evaluate public health strategies, through the development of statistical methods and their application to the design, analysis and interpretation of biomedical studies.
The Unit aims to maintain a balance between methodological development and application. The most useful new methodology is stimulated by applied studies, because attention is then focused on real problems rather than artificial abstractions, but this can still lead to generic ideas that are transferable between application areas. In turn, the Unit's involvement in applied studies is stimulated and enhanced by links to its methodological research programmes.
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To contribute to biomedical science by maintaining an internationally leading centre for the development, application and dissemination of statistical methods
The MRC Biostatistics Unit is based on a dedicated research site, in the University of Cambridge Institute of Public Health, a building shared with other public health groups. Our site is adjacent to Addenbrooke's Hospital, one of the country's largest teaching hospitals, and home to the University Medical School.
The Medical Research Council is the UK's largest public organisation dedicated to advancing knowledge in all areas of human health. It consists of a large number of separate units and centres, located across the UK, each with its own area of specialisation. The mission statement of the MRC is:
- Encourage and support research to improve human health.
- Produce skilled researchers.
- Advance and disseminate knowledge and technology to improve the quality of life and economic competitiveness of the UK.
- Promote dialogue with the public about medical research.