Mr Matthew Parkes

Research Assistant (Statistician)

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Overview

Current Post

Research Statistician (2010-present)

Education

2008 BSc (Hons) Psychology. The University of Liverpool.

Research Interests

My primary research interests focus on clinical trial methods and statistics; primarily novel trials designs that help improve efficiency in clinical trials. This takes the form of either novel adaptive methods which help stop trials which do not show promise sooner, or in developing novel outcomes which are more sensitive to change following treatment administration, leading to smaller trial sizes.

More generally, my research interests are in clinical trial design and methodology, psychology (pain particularly), outcome development, and chronic, painful diseases, and I am a (daily) user of Stata and (more recently) R. I also have a side interest in ‘journalology’: issues in meta-analysis (e.g. transparency and publication/outcome selection bias); publication of clinical research, and novel publishing models.

Role in ROAM (Research in Osteoarthritis Manchester)

I am responsible for management and analysis of clinical trial data from research projects undertaken by the ROAM group. This includes analysis of trial data, and help in the production of manuscripts, conference abstracts, posters, and presentations outlining research findings.

Other Roles

I run the Centre for Epidemiology’s monthly Data Analysis Forum, and contribute to statistics and methodology teaching sessions in the Centre.

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