The research of BESTEAM covers: the broad field of biostatistics, including both application and development of methodology with expertise in cluster trials and stepped-wedge studies; the synthesis of evidence, including systematic reviews and meta-analyses; and, test evaluation, focussing on both the development of methodology to enable robust evaluation of tests and also delivering primary research to assess medical tests and biomarkers.
Description of the BESATE Research Group
In addition to being involved in many studies evaluating healthcare, the key research themes for group members in the area of Biostatistics are: cluster RCTs and stepped-wedge studies, meta-analysis (including multivariate and panoramic meta-analysis), multi-parameter evidence synthesis, simulation, prognostic modelling, and survival analysis.
The Evidence Synthesis team have extensive experience in the techniques of systematic reviews, meta-analysis, health technology assessments and evidence synthesis across a variety of clinical questions (e.g. effectiveness, diagnosis and prognosis). They have a successful track record of delivering a range of projects to inform local and national healthcare decision making.
Members of the Test and Prediction Group (TAP) are involved in developing methodology for test evaluation, diagnostic test accuracy, prognostic tests, monitoring tests, screening, systematic reviews and meta-analysis for tests. Members of the group are also involved in the planning, delivery and analysis of primary studies assessing the use of tests in healthcare. The Test and Prediction Group also organises methodological peer review and editorial approval for publication of Cochrane DTA protocols and reviews.
All teams are involved in teaching at undergraduate and post-graduate level and coordinate a number of modules.
Meet the BESTEAM group
Staff in BESTEAM