Medical Section

Background

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.

Remit

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.

Officers

Chair: Robin Mitra 
Vice-chair: Nathan Green
Secretary: Nicola Fitz-Simon 
Meetings Secretary: Wendy Harrison 

Committee members

Salma Ayis 
Laura Boyle 
Catey Bunce 
Mona Kanaan (Discussions meeting representative)
Margaret Macdougall
Sarah Nevitt
Emily Petherick
Rute Vieira
Ray Harris (co-opted)
Christl Donnelly (Council representative)

Future meetings

View our events calendar for other meetings: statslife.org.uk/medical-section

News and meeting reports

Read news about the section and reports from our meetings.

Connected groups

International Genetic Epidemiology Society

Professional Recognition and Development Project

This project was initiated by former committee member Gill Price (UEA), to address issues about professional development for statisticians working in medicine, health and related areas. We have developed a survey to identify and quantify issues of concern. If you are a medical statistician and would like to participate in the survey, please do so here: (link to survey). Thank you for your participation.
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/798KNDG

Additional information

Annual Report 2018
Twitter: @RSSMedSection
Mailing List: RSS Medical Section
Podcast: Soundcloud