RDS-SC Oxford, Reading and Milton Keynes region

Jacqueline Birks

Jackie Birks (MA, MSc) is a Senior Medical Statistician within the Centre for Statistics and Medicine (CSM) and Statistical Adviser for the RDS-SC.

Jackie has undertaken many systematic reviews of interventions, pharmacological and psychotherapeutic, for dementia. She has also published  individual patient data meta-analysis of interventions for dementia, and epidemiological studies of risk factors for dementia. For eight years Jackie sat on a Research Ethics Committee providing expert advice and is currently  employed as the statistician for all clinical themes by the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (OXBRC).

Mary Boulton

Mary Boulton (PhD) is a Professor of Health Sociology at Oxford Brookes University and Senior Qualitative Methodologist for the RDS-SC.

(i) Teaching:

  • MSc Cancer Studies, contributing to two modules (Living with Cancer in Conemporary Society; Tackling Cancer:  International perspectives

(ii) Research:

  • Supportive Cancer Care research group, including studies of patients’ experience of living with cancer and modernising services for (cost effective) long term follow-up

(iii) PhD students

  • Caring at a Distance during palliative care
  • Development of a safe and acceptable physical activity intervention for haemodialysis patients.
  • Experiences of fatigue in daily life after brain injury
  • Improving adherence to exercise interventions for older people
  • ‘Melancholy Past, Melancholy Present’: Renaissance History of Women’s Melancholia through archival, literary, and dramatic sources

(iv) REF 2021 Co-ordinator for Unit of Assessment 3

Mary’s methodological expertise is in qualitative research (primarily Framework, Thematic and Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis), mixed methods research and survey research.

The current focus of her research is supportive cancer care, particularly the impact of cancer on family members, the role of primary care in supporting people with cancer and their families, new approaches to long term follow-up following discharge from hospital.

Before coming to Oxford Brookes University Mary was a Research Associate in the Department of General Practice, Guy’s Hospital Medical School, University of London (1983 – 1986), Lecturer in Sociology as applied to Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, University of London (1986 – 1991) and Senior Lecturer in Sociology as applied to Medicine at Imperial College School of Medicine, University of London (1991-1999).  In 1999 she was appointed Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences and Law, Oxford Brookes University and, in 2005, Director of Research in the School of Health & Social Care (2005-2011).  She is currently Professor of Health Sociology, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University

James Buchanan

Dr James Buchanan (DPhil) is a Research Adviser for RDS South Central and a Senior Researcher with the Health Economics Research Centre (HERC) at the University of Oxford. James joined HERC in September 2005 having completed his MA in Economic Development and Policy Analysis at the University of Nottingham. He completed a doctoral thesis at the University of Oxford in 2016 (supported by an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship) which investigated issues related to the economic analysis of genomic diagnostic technologies in the UK NHS.

James’ main research interests lie in the areas of economic evaluation and health technology assessment from applied and methodological perspectives, and he has worked on a number of cost-effectiveness analyses in disease areas such as cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.

James has a particular interest in economic evaluations of genetic and genomic tests and curates the Health Economics and Genomics blog.

Lei Clifton

Dr Lei Clifton (PhD) is part of the Centre for Statistics in Medicine (CSM) statistical team for NHS trials, where she leads statistical work on clinical trials and research on trial methodology. She is a senior adviser on the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) team, which provides free advice on research design to researchers in the South Central region. Lei collaborates extensively with principle investigators in trial design and grant applications and provides statistical supervision in fellowship applications.

Lei’s focus on developing the next generation of medical researchers has led her to join the Oxford University Science Division’s mentorship program for early career researchers. She also teach statistics at the postgraduate level and review grant proposals for the NIHR.

As Lei has an ongoing research interest in trial methodology, she is a Scientific Research Committee (SRC) member of the Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS), responsible for reviewing proposals and allocating research grants.

From 2009-2014, Lei worked in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, in the University of Oxford, where she undertook research into statistical time-series models for providing early warning of deterioration in post-surgery patients. From 2007-2009, she was a post-doctoral researcher in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford, where she developed mathematical models and prototype apparatus for measuring the lung function of ICU patients.

Lei was awarded a PhD in Statistical Signal Processing in 2007 from UMIST (now the University of Manchester), after completing my BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering at the Beijing Institute of Technology, China. She joined CSM in 2014.

Paul Hewitson

Dr Paul Hewitson (DPhil) is a Senior Research Officer in the Department of Public Health. Originally from Newcastle (Australia) he moved to tropical England in 1999. Previously holding research posts in Health Technology Assessment (Southampton) and national guideline development (RCN), he joined the Department of Primary Care at Oxford in 2002. Primarily working on the development and evaluation of public and professional information materials for the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes, Paul has been involved in the publication of systematic reviews concerning prostate and bowel cancer screening, an evaluation of the Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme, the development of information materials for the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (BCSP) and was principle investigator of a RCT for a primary care intervention to enhance participation in the NHS BCSP.

Paul moved to the Department of Public Health in 2011 to continue his work in the design and construction of questionnaires for use in public/patient/carer survey research, the development and evaluation of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) and Patient Reported Experience Measures (PREMs) and the application of health behaviour theories. Paul’s main research interests include: questionnaire and survey research, patient and professional decision-making, the development and evaluation of patient information materials for screening and the implementation of evidence-based research.

Sophie Hyndman

Sophie Hyndman (PhD) graduated with a degree in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford, after which she undertook a PhD at Queen Mary College (University of London) on the effects of damp housing on health. She was employed by the Royal College of Nursing as a Research Officer on a study evaluating a quality assurance package for nurses. She then became a Research Associate and Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge Health Services Research Group. Here, she worked on a number of studies examining aspects of health and the health services, including work on asthma. She then helped to set up the Oxford Research Development Support Group in 1997 and remained as Co-ordinator of the various incarnations of this group until the end of 2008. Sophie now works for the Research Design Service – South Central as a part-time Research Advisor, based at the HSRU at the Department of Public Health.

Crispin Jenkinson

Crispin Jenkinson (DPhil, MSc) is Professor of Health Services Research, Director of the Health Services Research Unit (HSRU) in the Nuffield Department of Population Health and an Official Fellow of Harris Manchester College at the University of Oxford.

He graduated from Bedford College (University of London) before coming to Oxford where he gained an MSc in psychology and then undertook research on the psychological impact of long-term illness for a DPhil. Prior to joining the HSRU in 1992, he was a research fellow at Nuffield College.

He has written and edited a number of books as well as having published over 200 peer reviewed papers. His research interests include health status measurement, the assessment of patient reported outcomes, the evaluation of patient experiences of medical care, and methodology.

José Leal

José Leal (DPhil, MSc) is a Research Advisor for RDS South Central and a Senior Researcher with the Health Economics Research Centre (HERC) at the University of Oxford.

Having trained as a pharmacist, José joined HERC in 2004 after completing his MSc in Health Economics at the University of York in 2003.  He then went on to complete a doctoral thesis at the University of Oxford in 2011 on the use of multi-parameter evidence synthesis to inform economic evaluations.

Since joining HERC, José has worked on several cost-effectiveness studies in disease areas such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and inherited metabolic conditions.  He has also been involved in cost-of-illness studies aimed at informing the allocation of public research funds and in revealing differences across countries to inform further research and discussion.

José is interested in evidence synthesis frameworks in economic evaluation, individual patient level modelling and the use of large datasets to inform healthcare resource allocation decisions.

Ramon Luengo-Fernandez

Dr Ramón Luengo-Fernández (DPhil) is a University Research Lecturer in the Health Economics Research Centre, University of Oxford and a Senior Research Adviser for the RDS-SC.

His areas of expertise include: Health economics, randomised controlled trials and patient level data

Ramón Luengo-Fernández joined the Health Economics Research Centre in January 2004 having completed his MSc in Health Economics at the University of York in 2003. In October 2005, Ramón took up a Researcher Development award from the UK Department of Health. As part of this award, in June 2009, Ramón successfully completed a DPhil at the University of Oxford on the healthcare costs and health outcomes associated with stroke.

Shortly after, Ramón was awarded an ESRC/MRC/NIHR Early career fellowship in economics of health to publish and further develop the work undertaken as part of his DPhil thesis. During his time in HERC Ramon has also been involved in numerous projects funded by NIHR, Wellcome Trust, and other charities.

Jill Mollison

Dr Jill Mollison (PhD) is a Research Advisor for RDS South Central and a Senior Trial statistician with the Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Oxford.  Jill Mollison graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a BSc (Hons) in Statistics in 1992.  Jill worked at the University of Aberdeen in the Health Services Research Unit and the Department of Public Health and gained her PhD in 2002 on the Use of Cluster Randomised Trials in Implementation Research.  In 2004, she joined the Centre for Statistics in Medicine at the University of Oxford.

Jill joined the Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit in 2013.  She has experience in providing statistical support to clinical trials in many areas but specifically in the fields of primary care, public health, women’s health, infertility, and mental health.

Joanna Moschandreas

Dr Joanna Moschandreas (PhD) is a medical statistician at the Centre for Statistics in Medicine (CSM) providing input to, and statistical management of, collaborative clinical trials (currently CAMELLIA, Cytofloc, DEBIOC, FOXFIRE, IntReALL SR, NuTide:301, and PemBla). She also has extensive experience collaborating on health research projects in fields such as cardiovascular medicine, gastroenterology, nutrition, oncology, paediatrics and public health, and has co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications and a number of external scientific reports.  As ophthalmological data analysis is a long-standing interest of hers, she is a member of the NIHR Statistics group – ophthalmology research section and the Ophthalmic Statistics Group.

Joanna is also a Research Adviser for the South Central Research Design Service. She provides independent review for statistical study reports, journal submissions and grant applications at a national and international level. She serves as a statistical adviser on the editorial boards of Annals of Gastroenterology and BMC Ophthalmology.

She is experienced in teaching medical statistics to biomedical researchers; as an assistant professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Social Medicine at the University of Crete for over eight years, she taught medical statistics courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. At CSM, she has presented at an Advanced Topics workshop and  facilitated on the annual CSM Randomised Clinical Trials course.

Joanna graduated from Sheffield University with a BSc in Mathematics and completed an MSc in Applied Statistics at the University of Oxford (1994). After working as a medical statistician she undertook an MSc in Quantitative Genetics and Genome Analysis at the University of Edinburgh (2000) and a PhD in Health Sciences (2002) at the University of Crete, Greece. In 2011, she spent two months at the University of Minnesota, USA, as a Fulbright Research Scholar.

Joanna’s career in medical statistics started at the Biostatistics Unit of the University of Crete, where she collaborated on a WHO project aiming to set up a Cretan Cancer Registry. She joined CSM as a senior medical statistician in 2015.

Gavin Reilly

Gavin Reilly (MSc) is a Research Adviser for the RDS-SC and Medical Statistician within the Centre for Statistics in Medicine (CSM), University of Oxford. His areas of expertise include Clinical Trials Methodology, Oncology and Respiratory trials and statistical methods.

Gavin joined the Centre for Statistics in Medicine (CSM) in October 2015 to work primarily on the AspECT trial, a phase III randomised study of aspirin and esomeprazole chemoprevention in Barrett’s Metaplasia. He has since become involved in many other oncology studies in the areas of pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer and ovarian cancer, along with studies investigating treatments for sleep apnoea, pneumothorax and diabetic retinopathy. Gavin completed a BA in Mathematics and French at University College Dublin in Ireland before moving to London to study for the MSc in Medical Statistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Phillip Saunders

Phil Saunders is the Unit Administrator for the NIHR Research Design Service South Central (RDS-SC) in Oxford and doubles as Webmaster for the RDS-SC website.

Phil has worked in administration for over 15 years. Starting with the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in 2001 he became Assistant Administrator of the newly formed Cancer Research UK, Cancer Epidemiology Unit in 2006 and Unit Administrator for the Health Services Research Unit in 2006.

Liz Stokes

Dr Liz Stokes (DPhil) Research Adviser for RDS South Central, Health Economics Research Centre (HERC), Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford.

Liz’s research interests lie in economic evaluation and particularly in costing within economic evaluations.  She has worked on many cost-effectiveness analyses alongside randomised controlled trials in areas such as blood transfusion, and cardiac and thoracic surgery, and has used decision modelling to assess the cost-effectiveness of additional tests to guide treatment decisions for several cardiac populations.

Liz joined HERC in November 2009, having worked at Keele University (2001-2007) and Liverpool John Moores University (2008-2009) and in this time completed an MSc in Medical Statistics at the University of Leicester.  Liz completed a doctoral thesis at the University of Oxford in 2016 on the costs and cost-effectiveness of transfusion management strategies in cardiac surgery.

Nicola Williams

Nicola Williams (MSc, BSc Hons) graduated from Cardiff University in 2002 with a BSc(Hons) in Mathematics and then completed an MSc in Medical Statistics at the University of Leicester.

She joined the Centre for Statistics in Medicine (CSM), Oxford in November 2003 and since then has provided statistical support and consultancy to the local NHS (Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire). She is also trial statistician for a number of randomised controlled trials in the fields of paediatrics (Child Anxiety Trial, MaCh) and psychiatry (BALANCE).   She also does statistical consultancy for the Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine (CCVTM) and is a research advisor for the South Central RDS.  Her main areas of interest are cluster trials and meta analysis.

Jane Wolstenholme

Dr Jane Wolstenholme (PhD) is a Senior health economist in the Health Economics Research Centre and Senior health economics adviser for the RDS-SC. She provides advice on the design, methods, conduct, analysis and reporting of health economic research.

Her main interests and expertise include designing and conducting economic evaluations alongside trials and cost-effectiveness models. She is principle investigator and co-applicant on a broad variety of funded research projects across a number of disease areas and health care technologies including cancer, mental health, obesity, point of care diagnostics.
Trial based economic evaluation, model based economic evaluation, preference-based outcome measures.

Jane has over 20 years’ experience as an academic health economist.

MSc Health Economics, University of York
PhD Health Economics, University of Nottingham
Employed by HERC, University of Oxford since 1998

Ly-Mee Yu

Ly-Mee Yu (MSc, BSc Hons) is a Research Advisor for the RDS South Central and the Lead Trial Statistician at the CTU within the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford.

Ly-Mee graduated from Dundee Institute of Technology (Scotland) with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Mathematics in 1991, followed by an MSc in Medical Statistics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1992.  She then worked as a research assistant at the HIV-GUM unit in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (London).

In 1994, Ly-Mee began working for the Centre for Clinical Trials and Epidemiological Research at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where her remit was to provide statistical support to various specialties, including therapeutic medicine, paediatrics, and surgery.  During this period, she was also involved in teaching medical statistics to medical professionals.

Ly-Mee joined Oxford’s Centre for Statistics in Medicine (CSM) in 2003, where she led a team of statisticians that collaborated on a variety of clinical studies and supported numerous funding applications.

Throughout her career, Ly-Mee has worked in a wide range of clinical areas, including but not limited to, vaccinology, cardiovascular medicine, infectious disease, surgery, allied health, mental health, neurosciences, respiratory and orthopaedics.