Dr Christopher Sutton

Senior Lecturer in Clinical Trial Stats

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Chris is Deputy Director (Methodology) and Lead Statistician for Manchester CTU.  He has an interest in improving health through improving trials and collaborates widely on complex trials in various disciplines, with specific interest in the topics of stroke, musculoskeletal and mental health.


Chris completed an MSc in Medical Statistics and IT at Leicester University in 1987 prior to starting his first lecturing post at Leicester Polytechnic the same year.  In 1988 he moved to Lancashire Polytechnic (later University of Central Lancashire) where he held Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Principal Lecturer and Reader posts in the Faculty of Science (1988-2002) and the Faculty of Health, later Health and Wellbeing (2002-2018).  

He moved to The University of Manchester in March 2018 to take on a new role as Senior Lecturer in Clinical Trial Statistics to lead the development of the statistical functions of the Clinical Trials Unit as it moved into Manchester University over the summer of 2018.  Chris continues to collaborate widely with clinicians on trials of complex interventions and with statisticians and methodologists interested in improving how trials are designed and implemented.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Chartered Statistician of the Royal Statistical Society (CStat)

Member of the Society of Clinical Trials

Member of the Society for Social Medicine and Population Health

Areas of expertise

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

Sustainable Development Goals

Education / academic qualifications

  • 1997 - Doctor of Philosophy, Incomplete Data in Event History Analysis, University of Leicester (1989 - 1996)
  • 1987 - Master in Science, Medical Statistics and Information Technology, University of Leicester (1986 - 1987)
  • 1983 - Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics, Oxford University (1980 - 1983)

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