Laura Quinn MSc, BSc

Laura Quinn

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow

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Institute of Applied Health Research
Public Health building
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT

Laura Quinn is a Medical Statistician working in the Institute of Applied Health Research. She works part-time on a NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship in the Test and Prediction Group and part-time as a Research Fellow in the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) West Midlands.

Since joining the University in 2016, Laura has worked on a range of projects with collaborators both within the university and globally.

Laura’s main research interests include interobserver variability in diagnostic test evaluation and interrupted time series analysis.

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  • MSc in Statistics with Applications in Medicine, University of Southampton, 2016
  • BSc (Hons) in Mathematics with Statistics, University of Limerick, 2015


Laura began working in the Test Evaluation Research Group (TERG) in 2016 as a Research Associate and later became a Research Fellow.

She worked primarily as a study statistician on three NIHR funded, multicentre, diagnostic test evaluation studies in imaging. From working on these projects, she developed an application and was awarded a NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship in 2020 to evaluate methods for estimating interobserver variability.

In 2020, Laura also began working at the NIHR Applied Research collaboration (ARC) West Midlands on a range of projects in different clinical areas using various statistical methods.

Laura teaches statistical concepts to non-statistical audiences through courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students in medicine and public health.



Laura works on a NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship to evaluate the methods for estimating interobserver variability as part of diagnostic test performance in imaging. Her work on interobserver variability originates from working on three NIHR funded, multicentre, diagnostic test evaluation studies (METRIC, STREAMLINE-C and STREAMLINE-L). The fellowship project consists of a methodological review, multiple case and simulation studies.

Laura works on a range of projects in different clinical areas using various statistical methods at the NIHR ARC West Midlands. These projects include evaluating public health and health service interventions, as well as global health projects. The statistical methods used in these projects include interrupted time series analysis, cluster randomised control trials, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, mediation analysis and Bayesian methods.

Other activities

Laura is a member of the RSS West Midlands Local Group.


Recent publications


UK Audit and Research Collaborative in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (UKARCOG) Members 2024, 'Induction of labour care in the UK: A cross-sectional survey of maternity units', PLoS ONE, vol. 19, no. 2, e0297857.

Quinn, L, Ahmed, T, Falk, H, Altamirano, AM, Muganza, A, Nakarmi, K, Nawar, A, Peck, M, Man Rai, S, Sartori, J, Vana, LPM, Wabwire, B, Moiemen, N & Lilford, R 2023, 'Burn admissions across low- and middle- income countries: a repeated cross-sectional survey', Journal of Burn Care and Research, vol. 44, no. 2, irac096, pp. 320–328.

Kumar, S, Parry, T, Mallett, S, Plumb, A, Bhatnagar, G, Beable, R, Betts, M, Duncan, G, Gupta, A, Higginson, A, Hyland, R, Lapham, R, Patel, U, Pilcher, J, Slater, A, Tolan, D, Zealley, I, Halligan, S, Taylor, SA, METRIC study group & Quinn, L 2023, 'Diagnostic performance of sonographic activity scores for adult terminal ileal Crohn’s disease compared to magnetic resonance and histological reference standards: experience from the METRIC trial', European Radiology.

Prevention Workplace Collaboration West Midlands 2023, 'Protocol for a cluster randomised waitlist-controlled trial of a goal-based behaviour change intervention for employees in workplaces enrolled in health and wellbeing initiatives', PLoS ONE, vol. 18, no. 9, e0282848.

Asamane, EA, Quinn, L, Watson, SI, Lilford, RJ, Hemming, K, Sidibe, C, Rego, RT, Bensassi, S, Diarra, Y, Diop, S, Gautam, OP, Islam, MS, Jackson, L, Jolly, K, Kayentao, K, Koita, O, Manjang, B, Tebbs, S, Gale, N, Griffiths, PL, Cairncross, S, Toure, O & Manaseki-Holland, S 2023, 'Protocol for a parallel group, two-arm, superiority cluster randomised trial to evaluate a community-level complementary-food safety and hygiene and nutrition intervention in Mali: the MaaCiwara study (version 1.3; 10 November 2022)', Trials, vol. 24, no. 1, 68.

Quinn, L, Bird, P, Remsing, S, Reeves, K & Lilford, R 2023, 'Unintended consequences of the 18-week referral to treatment standard in NHS England: a threshold analysis', BMJ Quality & Safety.

Cross-Sudworth, F, Taylor, B, Davidson , L, Quinn, L, Wright, J, Vitue, E & Kenyon, S 2023, 'Women's experiences of induction of labour during the COVID-19 pandemic: a cross-sectional survey', British Journal of Midwifery, vol. 31, no. 10, pp. 548-557. Sections PDF/EPUB

McDevitt, W, Quinn, L, Wimalachandra, WSB, Carver, E, Stendall, C, Solanki, G & Lawley, A 2022, 'Amplitude-reduction alert criteria and intervention during complex paediatric cervical spine surgery', Clinical Neurophysiology Practice, vol. 7, pp. 239-244.

Quinn, L, Hosier , I, Adderley, N & Marshall, T 2022, 'An interrupted time series analysis of the effects of withdrawal of financial incentives on diagnosis of atrial fibrillation as resolved: Does withdrawal of an incentive reverse its unintended effects?', BJGP Open, vol. 2022, BJGPO.2022.0089.

Kumar, S, Parry, T, Mallett, S, Bhatnagar, G, Plumb, A, Walsh, S, Scott, N, Tandon, R, Chong, H, Du Parcq, J, Martinez, A, Moorghen, M, Rodriguez-Justo, M, Halligan, S, Taylor, SA, METRIC study investigators & Quinn, L 2022, 'Diagnostic Performance of Magnetic Resonance Enterography Disease Activity Indices Compared with a Histological Reference Standard for Adult Terminal Ileal Crohn’s Disease: Experience from the METRIC Trial', Journal of Crohn's and Colitis, vol. 16, no. 10, pp. 1531-1539.

METRIC study investigators 2022, 'Influence of oral contrast type and volume on patient experience and quality of luminal distension at MR Enterography in Crohn's disease: an observational study of patients recruited to the METRIC trial', European Radiology, vol. 32, no. 8, pp. 5075-5085.

METRIC study investigators 2022, 'Interobserver variation in the interpretation of magnetic resonance enterography in Crohn's disease', British Journal of Radiology, vol. 95, no. 1134, A12.

Osuh, ME, Oke, GA, Lilford, RJ, Owoaje, E, Harris, B, Taiwo, OJ, Yeboah, G, Abiona, T, Watson, SI, Hemming, K, Quinn, L, Chen, Y & Trevisan, M (ed.) 2022, 'Prevalence and determinants of oral health conditions and treatment needs among slum and non-slum urban residents: evidence from Nigeria', PLOS Global Public Health, vol. 2, no. 4, e0000297.

Review article

Quinn, L, Tryposkiadis, K, Deeks, J, Vet, HCWD, Mallett, S, Mokkink, LB, Takwoingi, Y, Taylor-Phillips, S & Sitch, A 2023, 'Interobserver variability studies in diagnostic imaging: a methodological systematic review', The British Journal of Radiology, vol. 96, no. 1148, 20220972.

Quinn, L, Veenith, T, Bion, J, Hemming, K, Whitehouse, T & Lilford, R 2022, 'Bayesian analysis of a systematic review of early versus late tracheostomy in ICU patients', British Journal of Anaesthesia, vol. 129, no. 5, pp. 693-702.

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