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Niall Anderson

Senior Lecturer

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Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Glasgow
Methods for the Investigation of Spatial Clustering, with Epidemiological Applications
Bachelor of Science, University of Edinburgh


I am a medical statistician, having been active in medical applications of statistics since 1995. My role is to initiate and collaborate in research in a variety of epidemiology, public health and statistical genetics topics, both within the Centre for Population Health Sciences and throughout the University of Edinburgh as a whole.


I am Programme Co-Director (along with Dr Margaret Douglas) for the on campus one year, taught Master of Public Health programme based in CPHS and was previously also co-Director of the online distance learning Master of Public Health Certificate/ Diploma/ Masters programme.

  • Course organiser for "Introduction to Statistics" and "Statistical Modelling" for the on campus MPH programme. Also contribute to the "Genetic Epidemiology" and "Introduction to Systematic Reviews" courses.
  • Course organiser for "Data Analysis for Epidemiology" and "Statistical Modelling for Epidemiology" for the online MPH.
  • Jointly lead an on-line training course for PhD students in the College of Medicine called "Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists".

Research Interests

I’m involved in a number of different areas across epidemiological and clinical research in the University of Edinburgh (and beyond). This involves both collaboration and more general statistical consulting.

Examples include

  • Principal statistician for SUPREMO - clinical trial of postoperative radiotherapy after mastectomy in women with moderate severity breast cancer.
  • Biomarkers of inflammation in ventilator-assisted pneumonia in intensive care patients (Dr John Simpson, University of Newcastle).

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