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Research Design Service London

East London team at QMUL

Professor Sandra Eldridge, Joint Lead
Sandra gained a degree in Mathematics from Oxford University in 1979. She then spent two years teaching mathematics in secondary schools, first in Nigeria with Voluntary Service Overseas, then in the UK. In 1982 she completed an MSc in Medical Demography at the London School of Hygeine and Tropical Medicine where she worked for several years before moving to London Metropolitan University (formerly City of London Polytechnic) to teach undergraduate statistics. She joined Queen Mary as a lecturer in medical statistics in 1994, working predominantly in primary care. She developed an interest in cluster randomised trials and completed a doctorate focusing on these trials in 2005. She currently carries out methodological research on cluster randomised trials, collaborative research with colleagues at the Institute for Health Sciences, within the Barts and the London Medical school and more widely, as well taking the lead in several postgraduate teaching modules. She was instrumental in setting up the Royal Statistical Society Primary Health care study group in 2002. In 2006 she was promoted to Reader, and in 2007 to Professor. She is currently joint Centre Lead, director of the fully UKCRC registered Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit and joint lead of the Barts and The London arm of the London Research Design Service.

Professor Robert Walton, Joint Lead


Lauren Bell, Research Advisor
Lauren is a Biostatistician with a BSc in Mathematics and a Masters of Biostatistics, both from Monash University, Australia. She holds a joint role working within the Research Design Services, London and the Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit, which is part of the Centre of Primary Care and Public Health, Queen Mary University of London. Her career to date is concentrated on engaging with multidiscipline teams on a variety of observational and clinical trial studies. She is committed to providing comprehensive statistical support to researchers in both clinical and public health, collaborating to ensure the quantitative techniques employed provide rigorous study outcomes. She has worked in a number of statistical consulting roles across academia, government and industry. These include roles as a Research Methodologist at the Australian Bureau of Statistics and as a Research Fellow and Biostatistician with the Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne. Key research interests at present include statistical methods for assessing measurement error, the design of pilot and feasibility studies and shaping studies to address the key research question.
Dr Richard Hooper, Statistics Lead
After gaining his first degree in maths in 1988, Richard studied statistics at the Cambridge University Statistical Laboratory and got his first experience of medical research in the Academic Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge. Following a further year as a government statistician in the Department of Health, he returned to Cambridge to work with researchers investigating mother-infant interactions and postnatal depression. During this period he also did a PhD in statistical pattern recognition. In 1996 he moved to King's College London, where he worked as a lecturer and statistical consultant in the medical school, and a reviewer and adviser for the NHS Executive's project grant and research training fellowship schemes. In 1999 the medical schools of Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals merged with the medical school at King's, and Richard joined with academic public health researchers at Guy’s. He moved to Imperial College London in 2006 when the Respiratory Epidemiology & Public Health group at King’s moved their operation there, with a research focus on the epidemiology of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In 2010 he joined the Centre for Primary Care & Public Health at QMUL as a Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics, where he has a leading role in the statistical and design advice work of Research Design Service London.

Dr Sandra Jumbe, Research Advisor
Jill Russell, Qualitative Research Methodology Lead
Jill has a first degree in Social Policy from Cardiff University and an MSc in Information Technology from Queen Mary University of London.  She is a senior lecturer in health policy and evaluation in the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health at QMUL.  She has over 30 years’ experience of undertaking qualitative research, working in a variety of academic, local government and voluntary sector organisations, including Cardiff University, UCL, the London Research Centre, Charities Evaluation Services, and the King’s Fund.  She developed and ran introductory and advanced postgraduate courses on qualitative research methods at UCL.  She has been a co-investigator on a number of NIHR funded research grants, including an RfPB funded project exploring deliberations about the allocation of health care resources locally.  Her interests span the range of qualitative research methodologies, including interviews, focus groups, discourse and narrative analyses, ethnographic methods and action research.  Jill is the qualitative research methodology lead for RDS London and an RDS qualitative advisor at QMUL.

Dr Liz Steed, Research Advisor

Dr Ratna Sohanpal, Research Advisor


Glenn Poon, Administrator

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