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The YSS Committee 2016 are…

Tim Paulden [Chair], Órlaith Burke [Vice Chair], Lisa McCrink [Secretary], Lucy Teece [Meetings Secretary], Alastair Rushworth, Janette McQuillan, Katie Fisher, Lauren Rodgers, Maria Sudell, Markus Elze, Poppy Miller, Sarah Nolan

Please see below for our individual profiles!



Tim Paulden [Chair] is Innovation & Development Manager at ATASS Sports, an Exeter-based sports forecasting company. Tim is one of the company’s resident R gurus, and co-organiser of the Exeter R Users Group, as well as being a governor at Exeter Mathematics School. He holds a PhD in mathematics from Exeter University.



Órlaith Burke [Vice Chair] is a Senior Statistician in the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford. Her research interests lie in seasonal behaviour and hierarchical models for complex structures. She is particularly interested in applications in public health (e.g. maternal health, radiological protection).



Lisa McCrink [Secretary] is a Lecturer in Statistics at Queen’s University Belfast whose research focuses on novel methodology in the analysis of medical longitudinal data. She joined the YSS committee at the beginning of 2013.


Lucy T - 2016

Lucy Teece [Meetings Secretary] is a PhD student at the institute of Primary Care and Health Sciences at Keele University. Her research interests include prognostic modelling and competing risks. She joined the YSS committee at the beginning of 2015.


Dr Alastair Rushworth, Maths and Statistics

Alastair Rushworth is a lecturer in statistics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Strathclyde, with a passion for R and spatio-temporal modelling. He joined the YSS committee at the beginning of 2016.


Janette - 2016

Janette McQuillan is a Consultant on the Real World Evidence Solutions team at IMS Health, London. Prior to this, Janette was the Statistician on the Citizen Science team at Cancer Research UK. She uses advanced analytics to solve challenges throughout the healthcare domain. She joined the YSS committee at the beginning of 2016.


Jenny Lannon ID photo

Jenny Mehew (née Lannon) is a Principal Statistician at NHS Blood and Transplant, specialising in heart and lung transplantation. Her particular area of interest is in evaluating the impact of new clinical strategies upon the quality and quantity of donor organs. Jenny was the inaugural Chair of the YSS back in 2009-10, and is delighted to be involved once again as the section’s new Council representative.



Katie Fisher is a government statistician, working at the Home Office on migration statistics. She has recently joined the civil service from academia, having previously completed a PhD in behavioural ecology and post-doctoral position in population ecology at the University of Leeds. She joined the YSS committee at the beginning of 2016.



Lauren Rodgers is a Research Fellow in Medical Statistics at the University of Exeter Medical School. Her primary interests lie in the methodology and application of using observational data to assess treatment effects. She joined the YSS committee at the beginning of 2014.



Maria Sudell is a PhD student at the Department of Biostatistics, University of Liverpool. Her research interests include joint modelling of longitudinal and time-to-event data and meta-analysis. She joined the YSS committee at the beginning of 2016



Markus Elze is a Biostatistician with Hoffmann-La Roche working on clinical trials for new oncology drugs. His research interests focus on time-to-event models with a longitudinal component. He maintains some academic collaborations on paediatric leukaemia and paediatric dystonia.



Poppy Miller is a Statistics and Epidemiology PhD student in CHICAS at Lancaster University. Her research looks at developing methods for spatio-temporal epidemic modelling. Poppy joined the YSS committee at the beginning of 2016.



Sarah Nolan is a Medical Statistician at the University of Liverpool. She works with two research groups of the Cochrane Collaboration based in Liverpool; the Epilepsy Group and the Cystic Fibrosis and Genetic Disorders Group. Sarah is also undertaking a part-time PhD in the area of evidence synthesis with a particular focus on access to Individual Participant Data from Clinical Trials.




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