The Research Support Group

The Research Support Group provides research design and analytical methodological support to investigators, clinical research fellows and PhD students at NDDC and NIHR BRC. This work is led by Dr Lu Ban (2.5 days/week from September 2017) and supported by senior academic staff with expertise in gastroenterology and hepatology and medical statistics across the School of Medicine.

Experience and Skills

The Group has extensive experience and skills in multiple areas. Some examples are listed below.

  • Epidemiological study design
  • Complex data management i.e. relational databases, repeated measurements, missing data, time-varying covariates, using SQL and other software
  • Statistical and data analysis using Stata and SPSS
  • Statistical analytic methods, e.g. multivariate regression, time-to-event analysis, development & validation of risk prediction models
  • Sample size calculation (using G*Power, Stata, nQuery, PS-Sample Size and Power Calculation)
  • Health Economics

Framework and Access

All queries and requests should be sent to the MS-NDDCResHelp mailbox: MS-NDDCResHelp@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk. Ms Kim Brueton is managing this email account and will try to response to any queries as soon as possible. If a meeting with any of the team members is required, a 1-hour meeting slot within two weeks of the email (usually a Thursday or Friday subject to availability) will be arranged. At least one week before your meeting, please send your research protocol with your specific questions to the MS-NDDCResHelp mailbox, otherwise you may lose your meeting slot. This is to ensure there is enough time to read and understand your questions prior to the meeting.

In addition to this, there are open research support clinics between 2:00pm and 4:00pm every Friday, run by Dr Lu Ban. These open clinics are mainly designed for PhD students and clinical research fellows within the NDDC and NIHR BRC. They are good for fairly short or one-off questions (for example: What do the statistics in this research paper mean? How big should my sample be? Have I chosen the right statistical test? How do I do this analysis in SPSS or Stata? How do I interpret my results?) Each open clinic will last a maximum of 30 minutes and these will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. For further information and questions, please email the Research Support Group at MS-NDDCResHelp@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk.

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professor-joe-west Professor Joe West Joe West is a Professor of Epidemiology and Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist at the University of Nottingham and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. His main research interest is in using linked electronic health datasets to carry out…
dr-colin-crooks Dr Colin Crooks Colin Crooks completed his undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) and B.Med.Sci (Hons) at University of Nottingham, before going on to receive his Diploma MRCP (UK) Royal College of Physicians and MSc in Epidemiology at…
tim-card Dr Tim Card Dr Card studied medicine in Bristol, and received his postgraduate medical training in Leicester and Oxford. He completed a PhD in Nottingham, and after completion of his clinical training returned as Clinical associate Professor.
david-humes Dr David Humes David Humes graduated with distinction from King's College London in 2002 undertaking his basic surgical training in Nottingham. He completed a 2 year research fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and was awarded a PhD in 2010 for his…