BSc, MSc, DPhil
Research Fellow in Medical Statistics
I am a NIHR Research Fellow in Medical Statistics with a particular interest in improving the clinical utility of diagnostic research.
I lead the methodological workstream of the National Institute for Health Research Diagnostic Evidence Cooperative Oxford which aims to improve the ‘bench to bedside’ pathway for new diagnostics in primary care. In particular, I am looking at whether we can use existing evidence relating to diagnostic tests collected in the secondary care setting to inform primary care practice.
I am also the lead statistician on a programme of research exploring alternative strategies for monitoring patients who have undergone curative surgery for colorectal cancer. We are currently carrying out a Cochrane Systematic Review to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) for colorectal cancer recurrence. Alongside this, we are exploring how best interpret serial CEA measurements to facilitate early detection.
I co-ordinate the statistics teaching on the MSc and DPhil in Evidence-Based Heath Care. I teach on a number of the Masters modules, including but not limited to topics such as research methods, how to teach EBM, and methods relating to diagnosis and screening. I also teach statistics to undergraduate and graduate entry medical students.
My DPhil project evaluated and expanded on methodologies relating to the reporting and analysis of intermediate test results in diagnostic research.
Prior to joining the department in 2010, I completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Kent and an MSc in Applied Statistics at the University of St. Andrews.
Comment on: 'Trends in the lifetime risk of developing cancer in great Britain: comparison of risk for those born from 1930 to 1960'-cancer predictions need more context.
Oke JL. et al, (2015), Br J Cancer
Quality of life, unmet needs and psychological morbidity in prostate cancer survivors: implications for redesigning follow-up
Watson E. et al, (2015), Psycho-oncology, 24, 1 - 1
Symptoms, unmet needs, psychological well-being and health status in survivors of prostate cancer: implications for redesigning follow-up.
Watson E. et al, (2015), Bju Int
RIPOSTE: a framework for improving the design and analysis of laboratory-based research.
Masca NG. et al, (2015), Elife, 4
Carcinoembryonic antigen monitoring to detect recurrence of colorectal cancer: how should we interpret the test results?
Shinkins B. et al, (2014), Clin Chem, 60, 1572 - 1574