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Maria Vazquez Montes

PhD, MSc, BSc


Senior Statistician (Methodologist)

  • NIHR Oxford BRC Research Fellow

Statistician with a keen interest in modelling methodologies applied to medical research

I became a NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Research Fellow in 2013. My current post is split between the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences (NDPCHS) and the Center for Statistics in Medicine (CSM). At the NDPCHS my main research focuses on implementing statistical methodology widely used in other areas to medical research. For instance, I am currently investigating the use of quality control charts for the management of bipolar disorder patients; I am also looking at the different methods available to construct reference intervals (e.g. quantile regression, fractional polynomials, LMS method); and I am the Trial Statistician for the Oxford Renal (OxRen) study. At CSM, I am part of the prognosis methodological group running a simulation study investigating the impact of measurement error on the development and performance of prognostic models.

 I have collaborated in a variety of medical research projects both randomised trials and observational studies (e.g. drug development, mental health, kidney transplants, intraocular pressure, diabetes, echocardiography, children neuroblastoma), and non-medical projects (e.g. archaeology, education, finance). I was a member of the Centre for Research on Eating Disorders at Oxford (CREDO) and of the Social Psychiatry Group, both at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford. I was also part of the NDPCHS statistics teaching group for pre-clinical courses. I am currently part of the Ocxford MSc in EBHC teaching team.

 Among the statistical methodologies featuring in my work are regression modelling (simple, multivariate, multilevel, quantile, polynomial), sampling theory, latent class analysis, missing data analysis, validity and reliability analysis, non-parametric inference, causal inference using propensity scores, use of electronic health records (CPRD), quality control charts.

I have a Ph.D. in statistics by the University of Warwick, with thesis “A marginal structural estimator of causal effects” (2008); a M.Sc. in Statistics by the Universidad de Guanajuato/CIMAT, with dissertation “Valuation of passport options with stochastic volatility” (2001); and a B.Sc. in Mathematics by the Universidad de Yucatán, with dissertation “Adaptive sampling to study a plant disease in agave tequilana” (1998). I also have a Certificate in Psychology by the Center for lifelong learning, University of Warwick (2005).

Awards

March 2017-February 2018: Returning Carers’ Fund grant to support Conference attendance and training/professional development

March 2013-February 2016: Candidato a Investigador Nacional awarded by the Mexican National System of Investigators (SNI) Mexico in recognition of research and academic records during 2008-2012

October 2004-September 2008: Joint ALβAN (European) and CONACyT (Mexican) Ph.D. scholarship

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