Dr Yemisi Takwoingi DVM MSc

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow

Contact details

Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Institute of Applied Health Research
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Yemisi Takwoingi is a Research Fellow in Medical Statistics in the UK Support Unit for Cochrane Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Test Accuracy located within Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Yemisi collaborates on methodological and applied research projects. Her research interest is primarily in diagnostic test evaluation and systematic review methodology, especially comparative meta-analyses of diagnostic test accuracy studies.

Yemisi is a co-convenor for the Cochrane Screening and Diagnostic Test Methods Group, and she has editorial roles within two Cochrane review groups.


Research Fellow in Medical Statistics:

  • MSc Medical Statistics (Distinction), University of Leicester, 2007
  • MSc Information Technology (Distinction), University of Paisley, 2001
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), University of Maiduguri, 1994


Yemisi Takwoingi’s background is in veterinary medicine, computer/statistical programming and statistics. She qualified in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria in 1994. She later completed an MSc in Information Technology with distinction at the University of Paisley (2001) and an MSc with distinction at the University of Leicester (2007).

Yemisi joined the University of Birmingham in March 2001 as an analyst programmer in the Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU). In 2008, she moved to the Test Evaluation Group located within Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics. As part of her role, she provides statistical support for the UK Support Unit for Cochrane Diagnostic Test Accuracy Reviews based within the group. In 2011 she was awarded an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship which has enabled her to undertake a PhD in methods of meta-analysis for comparing the accuracy of two or more tests. 

Yemisi participates in teaching undergraduate medical students and Master’s level Public Health students.



Since 2008 Yemisi has worked mainly on methods for systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy studies. This includes projects related to the validity of methods for meta-analysis when few studies are available, and the validity of indirect comparisons of tests. She is also involved in primary studies evaluating medical tests, and other health research projects. 

Other activities

  • Co-convenor, Cochrane Screening and Diagnostic Test Methods Group
  • Editor, Cochrane Collaboration’s Diagnostic Test Accuracy Editorial Team
  • Editor, Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group
  • Statistical Editor, Cochrane Bone, Joint and Muscle Trauma Group
  • Member, Cochrane Diagnostic Test Accuracy Working Group


Soares-Weiser K, Takwoingi Y, Hoffmann-Sommergruber K, Werfel T, Muraro A, Roberts G, Panesar SS, Sheikh A, on behalf of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Guidelines Group. Diagnosis of food allergy: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Allergy 2014; 69:76-86.

Takwoingi Y, Botello-Pinzon P, Burr JM, Azuara-Blanco A, Garway-Heath  DF, Lemij HG, Sanders R, King AJ, Deeks JJ. Validation of a risk prediction model for development of open angle glaucoma. Br J Ophthalmol 2014; 98:309-14.

Takwoingi Y, Hopewell S, Tovey D, Sutton AJ. A multi-component decision tool for prioritising updating of systematic reviews. BMJ 2013;347:f7191

Allen VB, Gurusamy KS, Takwoingi Y, Kalia A, Davidson BR. Diagnostic accuracy of laparoscopy following CT scanning for assessing the resectability with curative intent in pancreatic and periampullary cancer. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2013;11:CD009323.

Takwoingi Y, Leeflang MM, Deeks JJ. Empirical evidence of the importance of comparative studies of diagnostic test accuracy. Ann Intern Med 2013;158(7):544-54.

Leeflang MMG, Deeks JJ, Takwoingi Y, Macaskill P. Cochrane diagnostic test accuracy reviews. Syst Rev 2013;2(1):82.

Lenza M, Buchbinder R, Takwoingi Y, Johnston RV, Hanchard NCA, Faloppa F. Magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance arthrography and ultrasonography for assessing rotator cuff tears in people with shoulder pain for whom surgery is being considered. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2013;9:CD009020.

Hanchard NCA, Lenza M, Handoll HHG, Takwoingi Y. Physical tests for shoulder impingements and local lesions of bursa, tendon or labrum that may accompany impingement. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2013;4:CD007427