Medical Section


The medical section is a long-established section of the Royal Statistical Society. Whilst electronic records of the activities of the section only date back to the mid 80’s correspondence with fellow statisticians anecdotally suggests that the section was already ‘well established in the 1960’s’.

Health and Medical statistics continues to remain an important application of statistics and an area where statistics continues to develop in order to keep up with new advances in both science and technology. Therefore in future years the importance of medical statistics is likely to continue to grow.


The aim of the section is to develop and support the application of statistical methods in all branches of medicine.

This is achieved through the following objectives:

  • Organise and support regular high-quality meetings focused on issues of importance in medical and healthcare statistics both at Errol Street and across the United Kingdom.
  • Where possible the section will work together with other appropriate sections and non-RSS organisations to promote Medical Statistics.  This has previously included the PSI (statisticians in the pharmaceutical industry) and the International Biometric Society.
  • Jointly organise the Annual Bradford Hill lecture with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
  • Support the work of the Primary Health Care Statistics Study Group (PCSG)


Chair: Robin Mitra 
Vice-Chair: Jonathan Bartlett 
Secretary: Annie Herbert
Meetings Secretary: Gill Price
Webpage Manager: Nathan Green

Committee Members

Gill Price
Nathan Green
Annie Herbert
Rumana Omar
Timothy Pickles
Mona Kanaan
Mark Pilling
Emily Petherick
Jonathan Bartlett
Robin Mitra
Sue Todd
Fabio Rigat
Neil Hawkins
Salma Ayis
David Reeves

Future meetings

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Past meetings

2016 December 7: 2016 Annual General Meeting 
2016 October 19 :Challenges in analysing data on causes of mortality. Speakers: Michael Singleton, Peter Sidebotham, Tim Millar, Ben Windsor-Shellard
2015 July 6: Bradford Hill Memorial Lecture. Speaker: Prof John P.A. Ioannidis
2014 December 2:  Classification methods and applications in big databases. Speakers: Matthew Sperrin, Mark Taylor, Jonathan Garibaldi and Emily Petherick
2014 October 14 : Control without Controls: The Self-Controlled Case Series design. Speakers: Paddy Farrington, Nick Andrews, Ian Douglas, Irene Petersen
2014 June 11: Ordinary Meeting-Analysis of Forensic DNA Mixtures with Artefacts. Speakers: Robert G. Cowell, Therese Graversen, Steffen L. Lauritzen and Julia Mortera, 
2014 June 4: Clinical trials: past, present and glorious future?. Speakers: Professors Peter Armitage, Sir Iain Chalmers, Stephen Senn, Linda Sharples and David Spiegelhalter 
2014 March 12: Assessing predictive ability in survival models. Speakers: Babak Choodari-Oskooei, Angela Wood, Robin Henderson

News and meeting reports

Read news about the section and reports from our meetings.

Connected groups

International Genetic Epidemiology Society

Primary Health Care SIG 

Additional information

Twitter: @RSSMedSection