Dr Yemisi Takwoingi DVM, PhD

Dr Yemisi Takwoingi

Institute of Applied Health Research
Senior Research Fellow in Biostatistics

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 Senior Research Fellow in Biostatistics based in the Test Evaluation Research Group within the Institute of Applied Health Research.

Yemisi collaborates on methodological and applied research projects. Her research interest is primarily in diagnostic test evaluation and systematic review methodology, especially 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.


Senior Research Fellow in Medical Statistics:

  • PhD Public Health, University of Birmingham, 2016
  • Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, 2012
  • 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), an MSc in Medical Statistics with distinction at the University of Leicester (2007), and a PhD at the University of Birmingham (2016).

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 Research Group located within the Institute of Applied Health Research, to provide statistical support for Cochrane diagnostic test accuracy reviews and other applied health projects related to the evaluation of medical tests.

In 2011 she was awarded an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship which enabled her to undertake a PhD in meta-analytic methods for summarising and comparing the accuracy of two or more tests.

Yemisi participates in teaching undergraduate medical and pharmacy students, and Master’s level Public Health students. She is also course organiser for a 3-day course on systematic reviews and meta-analyses of diagnostic accuracy, and delivers other courses nationally and internationally.



Yemisi’s main research interest is in systematic review methods, and the design and conduct of primary studies of medical tests. Since 2008 she has worked mainly on methodology 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. This inspired her to undertake a PhD investigating how diagnostic tests should be compared in a meta-analysis. 

She is also interested in factors that inform a systematic review updating and prioritisation strategy. Her research has contributed to a change in the updating policy of the Cochrane Collaboration. She is a member of an international panel of editors, funders, guideline developers, review authors, clinicians and methodologists, convened by Cochrane to develop guidance on updating

Yemisi is keen to improve access to complex analytical methods for test evaluations to facilitate their use by non-technical users.   As such, she has developed user-friendly software programs and tutorials, including MetaDAS, a SAS software macro, and a Stata tutorial; both are widely used for meta-analysis of diagnostic accuracy. She has also written statistical algorithms that have been added into RevMan, the Cochrane Collaboration’s review authoring software. 

Research groups and Centres

Other activities

Scientific and Advisory Committees

  • Member, STARD (Standards for Reporting of Diagnostic Accuracy) 2014 Group
  • Member, Panel for Updating Guidance for Systematic Reviews (2014–)
  • Co-convenor, Cochrane Screening and Diagnostic Test Methods Group (2012–)

Editorial Positions

  • Editorial Board Member, Diagnostic and Prognostic Research (2016–)
  • Editor, Cochrane Infectious Diseases Review Group (2013–)
  • Editor, Diagnostic Test AccuracyReviews of the Cochrane Library (2012–)
  • Statistical Editor, Cochrane Bone, Muscle, Joint and Trauma Review Group (2012–)


Takwoingi Y, Abba K, Garner P. Rapid diagnostic testing for Plasmodium vivax and non-falciparum malaria in endemic areas. JAMA. 2015;314(10):1065–6. http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2434668

Takwoingi Y, Guo B, Riley R, Deeks J. Performance of methods for meta-analysis of diagnostic test accuracy with few studies or sparse data. Stat Methods Med Res. Epub ahead of print June 26 2015. http://smm.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/06/25/0962280215592269.long

Takwoingi Y, Riley R, Deeks J. Meta-analyses of diagnostic accuracy studies in mental health. Evid Based Ment Health. 2015;18(4):103-9. http://ebmh.bmj.com/content/18/4/103.long

Bossuyt PM, Reitsma JB, Bruns DE, Gatsonis CA, Glasziou PP, Irwig L, Lijmer JG, Moher D, Rennie D, de Vet HC, Kressel HY, Rifai N, Golub RM, Altman DG, Hooft L, Korevaar DA, Cohen JF, for the STARD Group. STARD 2015: An updated list of essential items for reporting diagnostic accuracy studies.  Radiology. 2015:151516, BMJ. 2015;351:h5527, Clin Chem. 2015:246280.

Alldred SK, Takwoingi Y, Guo B, Pennant M, Deeks JJ, Neilson JP, Alfirevic Z. First trimester serum tests for Down's syndrome screening. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015;11: CD011975. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD011975/abstract

Takwoingi Y, Botello-Pinzon P, Burr JM, Azuara-Blanco A, Garway-Heath  DF, Lemij HG, Sanders R, King AJ, Deeks JJ. External validation of the OHTS-EGPS model for predicting the 5-year risk of open-angle glaucoma in ocular hypertensives. Br J Ophthalmol. 2014;98(3):309-14. Epub 2013 Dec 19. http://bjo.bmj.com/content/98/3/309.long

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(1):76-86. Epub 2013 Dec 14. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/all.12333/epdf

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

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. http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1671717

Macaskill P, Gatsonis C, Deeks JJ, Harbord RM, Takwoingi Y (2010). Chapter 10: Analysing and Presenting Results. In: Deeks JJ, Bossuyt PM, Gatsonis C (editors), Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Test Accuracy Version 1.0. The Cochrane Collaboration. Available from: http://methods.cochrane.org/sdt/

For more publications, see: http://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.url?authorId=36669616700