Professor Simon Gates BSc, PhD, DIC, FHEA

Professor Simon Gates

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences
Professor of Biostatistics and Clinical Trials

Contact details

Cancer Research Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU)
Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Simon Gates is Professor of Biostatistics and Clinical Trials at the Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU).  He is involved in design, supervision, analysis and reporting of clinical trials in a variety of clinical areas, both cancer and non-cancer.  His main research interests are in improving the methodology of clinical trials, to enable us to obtain better clinical answers more easily, especially by promoting the use of innovative multi-arm and adaptive trial designs, and Bayesian statistical methods. 

He is also Statistical Editor for the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group, and is a National Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator. 


  • Postgraduate Certificate Academic and Professional Practice, University of Warwick 2015
  • Statistics, Open University: Mathematical Models and Methods (2nd level) 1996, Applications of probability (3rd level) 1998, Linear statistical modelling (3rd level) 1999.
  • PhD, Imperial College, 1990
  • BSc (Hons) Zoology, University of Bristol, 1985


Simon Gates originally trained as an ecologist, and worked at the British Trust for Ornithology and University of Oxford Zoology Department before moving into clinical trials and statistics. He was trial statistician at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford from 1997 to 2005, leaving to join the newly-formed Warwick Clinical Trials Unit.  He remained at Warwick until 2018, working on a variety of trials, mainly in emergency and critical care. The PARAMEDIC trial, which evaluated a mechanical chest compression device for cardiac arrest patients, won the Trial of the Year Award from the Society for Clinical Trials in 2015. 



Further information on the research carried out by the CRCTU can be found online.

Other activities

  • Member of NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme General Board (2018 to date)
  • Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (1999 to date)
  • National Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator (2017-2021)
  • Statistical Editor, Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group (2001 to date)
  • Clinical Trials journal, Associate Editor, 2013-2019
  • MRC Methodology Research Panel, 2011-2016
  • NIHR Standing Advisory Committee on Clinical Trials Units, 2011-2014
  • NIHR/MRC EME Board 2009-2015