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Paula Williamson


Paula Williamson, Professor of Biostatistics, University of Liverpool, and Chair of the COMET Initiative Management Group

Paula’s research has previously been focussed on the development and application of statistical methodology in medicine. Major contributions have been made in the fields of clinical trials methodology, meta-analysis, and in the treatment of epilepsy. More recently Paula has undertaken research around the selection of outcomes for clinical research. In 2002, she was appointed Director of a new Centre for Medical Statistics, now the Department of Biostatistics, since then developing a group of over 100 staff working in health research. She has been an Associate Director of the NIHR Medicines for Children Research Network and Director of the MCRN Clinical Trials Unit since inception in 2005. In 2007, Paula became Director of the Clinical Trials Research Centre (CTRC) and has been a member of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration Registered CTU Network Steering Group since its inception.

In 2008, Paula led a successful bid to create the MRC North West Hub for Trials Methodology Research (NWHTMR), a partnership between the Universities of Liverpool, Lancaster and Bangor. The recent extension bid, 2013-2018, including the University of Manchester, was successful. Paula has recently been appointed Chair of the MRC HTMR Network. She leads the Trials Feasibility Improvement Network theme within the MRC Health e-Research Centre North, and is responsible for liaison between these two MRC networks. Paula is the lead for the European Commission- and MRC-funded COMET (Core Outcome Measures in Effectiveness Trials) Initiative, endorsed by NIHR and now referred to in NIHR HTA Guidance for Applicants. Paula has recently been appointed as an NIHR Senior Investigator, 2014-2019.

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