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MRC Biostatistics Unit

Photo of all staff and students at BSU - stood in front of building at Away Day in June 2024

The MRC Biostatistics Unit is delighted to announce the successful conclusion of our MRC funding renewal bid, which has resulted in the award of 100% funding – a fantastic result in the current economic climate. This secures the Unit’s cutting edge research agenda for the next 5 years. The award is based on a comprehensive review process which involved writing a report on the work and achievements from the last five years and presenting plans for how future funds would be used. 

The funds will enable progression of the BSU’s innovative statistical and data science methods, focusing on five core themes; biostatistical machine learning, causal mechanisms, precision medicine, efficient study design and population health, with the overall aim of improving clinical medicine and human health.   

Based on the Biomedical Campus, the Unit’s mission is to develop innovative methods to solve important medical and biological problems. We already have many successful and longstanding collaborations with colleagues in other Clinical School departments but welcome new interactions which involve novel statistical problems. 

John Whittaker, Director of the BSU, said:

"This is great recognition of both the high quality of the BSU’s work and the increasing importance of biostatistics and AI/ML to medical research. It is a tribute to a huge amount of work from all BSU staff, not just in putting together the case for funding, but in doing such excellent research over the previous 5 years. Thanks also to our many collaborators on the campus, who have been vital to our success.”