Mrs Smitaa Patel BSc, MSc


Medical Statistician

Contact details

Telephone +44 (0) 121 415 9115

Fax +44 (0) 121 415 9135


Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU)
School of Cancer Sciences
Robert Aitken Institute


Smitaa is a Medical Statistician working at the Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU) in the school of Cancer Sciences. She works on the Parkinson’s Disease portfolio of trials. This involves the managing of day to day running of the trial as well as programming, analysing and reporting the trial results.


  • MSc in Medical Statistics, University of Leicester, 2006 
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Biomedical Sciences, Sheffield Hallam University, 2004


After finishing university Smitaa joined the unit as a trainee statistician and worked part-time at Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU) on Parkinson’s disease trials and part-time at Primary Care working on physiotherapy trials in Stroke patients.

In 2007 Smitaa decided to work full-time at BCTU on the Parkinson’s Disease portfolio of trials. This involved the managing of day to day running of the trial as well as programming, analysing and reporting the trial results. As well as this Smitaa also has a keen interest in systematic reviews which she is also working on in this portfolio.

Smitaa has also had the opportunity to present posters at various international conferences and has also held a platform presentation.


  • BCTU Research Methods


Smitaa is currently working on surgical, medical and rehabilitation trials in Parkinson’s Disease, managing and reporting data as well as systematic reviews in this area. She has previously worked on respiratory studies, HIV studies, Renovascular Disease, STI, Huntington’s Disease trials and rehabilitation in stroke trials doing programming, analysis and reporting.

Other activities

  • Member of Royal Statistical Society (RSS), 2006
  • Member of Statisticians in Pharmaceutical Industry (PSI), 2006


Brown L, Patel S, Ives NJ, McDermott C, Ross JDC. (2010) Is non-invasive testing for sexually transmitted infections an efficient and acceptable alternative for patients? A randomised controlled trial. Sexually Transmitted Infections 86(7):525-531. 

Williams A, Gill S, Varma T, Jenkinson C, Quinn N, Mitchell R, Scott R, Ives N, Rick C, Daniels J, Patel S, Wheatley K, on behalf of the PD SURG Collaborative Group. (2010) Deep-brain stimulation plus best medical therapy versus best medical therapy alone for advanced Parkinson’s disease (PD SURG trial): a randomised, open-label trial. Lancet Neurology 9(6): 581-591 

Tomlinson CL, Stowe R, Patel S, Rick C, Gray R, Clarke CE. (2010) Systematic review of levodopa equivalency reporting in Parkinson's disease. Movement Disorders 25(15): 2649-2653. 

The ASTRAL Investigators., Wheatley K, Ives N, Gray R, Kalra PA, Moss JG, Baigent C, Carr S, Chalmers N, Eadington D, Hamilton G, Lipkin G, Nicholson A, Scoble J (Handley K, Patel S, Daniels J, Hilken N, Fitzpatrick-Ellis K). (2009) Revascularization versus Medical Therapy for Renal-Artery Stenosis. New England Journal of Medicine 361(20):1953-1962. 

Sackley CM, van den Berg M, Lett K, Patel S, Hollands K, Wright CC, Hoppitt TJ. (2009) Effects of a physiotherapy and occupational therapy intervention on mobility and activity in care home residents: a cluster randomised controlled trial. British Medical Journal 339: b3123. 

Curtis A, Mitchell I, Patel S, Ives N, Rickards H. (2009) A Pilot Study Using Nabilone for Symptomatic Treatment in Huntington's Disease. Movement Disorders 24(15):2254-2259.

Clarke CE, Furmston A, Morgan E, Patel S, Sackley C, Walker MF, Bryan S, Wheatley K. (2009) Pilot randomised controlled trial of occupational therapy to optimise independence in Parkinson’s disease: the PD OT trial. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry 80:976-978. 

Sackley C, Brittle N, Patel S, Ellins J, Scott M, Wright C, Dewey ME. (2008) The Prevalence of Joint Contractures, Pressure Sores, Painful Shoulder, Other Pain, Falls, and Depression in the Year After a Severely Disabling Stroke. Stroke 39(12): 3329-3334.

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