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William Sones


OCTRU Medical Statistician

My role in OCTRU is to provide statistics expertise to support the set-up, management and analysis of clinical trials investigating novel orthopaedic surgical procedures and pharmacological treatments. In addition I collaborate with Jonathan Cook on the DELTA2 project. The project aims to construct guidelines to help a reseacher estimate the amount of change anticipated to be evoked by a treatment. The estimated change plays an important role in calculating the number of subjects required for a trial.

Before moving into medical statistics, I worked as a post-doctoral research associate specialising in characterising the cellular mechanisms responsible for controlling muscle contraction and insulin secretion. I now apply my extensive laboratory experience as a member of the NIHR Statistics Group – Laboratory Studies section, which is working towards establishing guidelines for improving statistics within laboratory-based research.

I obtained an MSc in Applied Statistics from Birkbeck College, University of London in 2011. In my dissertation research project, I compared the use of non-linear mixed effects modelling and laboratory-based approaches to characterise the inhibitory action of cannabinoids on the gastrointestinal motility. Prior to this, I graduated with a BSc in Toxicology and Pharmacology from the School of Pharmacy, University of London and gained a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Hertfordshire. I joined the Centre for Statistics in Medicine in 2016.

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