Aims and social responsibility

Aims 

  • To provide methodological strength and statistical rigour to interdisciplinary (collaborative) clinical research programmes across all the Schools in the Faculty.
  • To lead methodological research that is motivated by and fully complementary to the Faculty’s interdisciplinary research collaborations.
  • To be a Centre and natural home for all career statisticians working in the Faculty: to provide them with a professional peer group; access to broader and higher-level statistical expertise; support for professional development; and opportunities to develop cross-collaborations.
  • To provide statistical training and support to existing and proposed projects, based on excellence in statistical methodology at all stages of research, from study design through data collection, analysis and publication. In this way, to facilitate the winning of major clinical research grants and the placing of publications in the most highly esteemed academic journals.
  • To provide high quality educational and training activities for the Faculty’s undergraduate/postgraduate students and research workers.

Social responsibility

We are always aware that it is our social responsibility to ensure that patients and other participants being recruited to clinical research projects are not being recruited to statistically-flawed or inefficient studies; and to ensure, as far as possible, that our clinical and healthcare research collaborators are drawing valid and robust inferences and are avoiding making claims that are not justified by the evidence.

Our role as collaborators and advisors in applied clinical and healthcare research programmes is to ensure best practice in project design, statistical analysis and the interpretation and presentation of the results. This role is supplemented by our commitment to the Research Design Service and a series of training workshops and seminars to update biostatisticians and others on developments in the field (especially those arising from our own methodological research).