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Anna Hart

Formerly at Lancaster University

Research overview

I am a medical statistician with a strong commitment to applied research and knowledge exchange. My main interests are in the application of robust methods of analysis to real problems, clinical trial design, and synthesis of evidence in systematic reviews.

Current Research

I am currently involved in the following projects:

  • Vitamin C and E for asthma and exercise‐induced bronchoconstriction, Cochrane systematic review with Dr Mark Wilkinson Dr Stephen J Milan and Dr Karnam Sugumar
  • Analysis of the SCAMP trial, with Dr Colin Morgan, Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • Clinical Decision-Making around Supportive Care  in Acute Stroke, with Dr Chris Burton, University of Bangor
  • The Challenges of Living with Inflammatory Back Pain/Ankolysing Spondilitis Throughout the Life Course with Dr Jane Martindale Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Research Interests

A research project is only as good as its design, and this involves an understanding of the clinical area as well as the relevant statistical principles. There are many statistical methods, some of which are complex for researchers to understand. My interests lie in identifying methods that are robust enough for the results to be reliable, intelligible to collaborators in terms of their rationale, and relevant so that the results are useful. This requires identification and explanation of the key statistical issues relevant to the design and analysis, as these cannot be ignored.  My collaborative work on design and analysis of clinical trials and observational studies has been driven by this. I am now also applying this to methods for systematic reviews and meta-analysis for the Cochrane Collaboration.

Current Teaching

MED700 Fundamentals of Clinical Research

MED701 Literature Review

Contribution to several modules involving quantitative methods.

Additional Information

I am a lecturer in Medical Statistics in the Faculty of Health and Medicine. My primary role is as a member of the Lancashire and Cumbria Clinical Research Hub, whose aim is to increase collaborative research and knowledge exchange between Lancaster University, industry, NHS partners and social care across Lancashire and Cumbria. This draws on my experience of having been the statistical consultant at a hospital in the north-west for the past 10 years, and having been involved in a wide range of applied health research projects across a number of subject areas. I have also served on an NHS ethics committee, and been on the editorial board of the journals Maternal and Child Nutrition and Contemporary Clinical Trials.

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