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Ushma Galal

Medical Statistician

In April 2016 I joined the clinical trials unit as a Medical/Trials statistician. Part of my role here is to provide statistical support to researchers in the form of sample size calculations, performing interim and final analyses, writing up DMC reports as well as advising on the statistical analyses required when writing grant proposals. I also provide statistical support to the Oxford Vaccine Group, which falls under the Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine (CCVTM). The majority of adult and paediatric studies at the OVG are centred on studying the immune response to various vaccines. The projects I am currently involved in are looking at encephalitis in children, typhoid and paratyphoid, and various meningococcal, pneumococcal and influenza strains.

Prior to joining the PC-CTU, I worked as a Statistical Consultant at the University of Cape Town and, prior to that, as a Biostatistician at the South African Medical Research Council, where I completed a Master’s Degree in Genetic Epidemiology. The focus of my Masters was quantitative trait linkage analysis where I explained the statistical models underlying linkage analysis which is used for examining inheritance patterns in families. As a Consultant, I was able to apply various statistical methods to all areas of research, from medicine and finance to engineering and the social sciences.