About us

The Centre for Biostatistics is part of the Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care in the School of Health Sciences, in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. It was initially established as the Biostatistics Group in 1997 following the appointment of Professor Graham Dunn as Professor of Biomedical Statistics, and became the Centre for Biostatistics on 1 August 2012.  The current Centre Lead is Professor Andy Vail.

Staff in the Centre collaborate with clinical and scientific staff from the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health in the design, implementation, analysis and reporting of medical research. Members of the Centre also engage in extensive methodological research which is primarily funded by grants from the UK Medical Research Council's Methodology Research Programme.

Members of the Centre are investigators in the MRC North West Hub for Trials Methodology Research and the MRC Health eResearch Centre.

You can find out more about our work in the presentations from our Showcase event held in May 2017:

Centre for Biostatistics Showcase part 1 (pdf, 2Mb)

Centre for Biostatistics Showcase part 2 (pdf, 4Mb)


The Centre provides undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in medical statistics, epidemiology and clinical trials, and provides advice and support to students and research workers in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health and associated teaching hospitals.

Graduate training

Members also provide graduate training in statistical methodology for statisticians, epidemiologists and research workers from other disciplines involved in clinical and health service research, both within the University's Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health and in the wider research environment. The Centre for Biostatistics is also a professional focus for all medical statisticians within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health.


The Centre has a monthly internal seminar programme and holds half-yearly, half-day public seminars. It also participates in the seminar programme of other research groups.