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Louise Linsell

BSc, MSc

Senior Medical Statistician and NIHR Research Fellow

  • University Research Lecturer

Louise joined the NPEU Clinical Trials Unit as a Senior Medical Statistician in 2009 and leads on the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of a portfolio of neonatal and obstetric clinical trials. She manages a team of statisticians and is responsible for all matters related to statistics and methodology. She is a co-investigator on a number of recent grants awarded to the unit and teaches on the MSc in Global Health in the Nuffield Department of Population Health. In 2012 she was awarded a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research Doctoral Fellowship to undertake a DPhil on the neurodevelopment of extremely preterm infants with the EPICURE group at University College London. 

Louise graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Statistics at Newcastle University in 1996, followed by a MSc in Medical Statistics at Leicester University in 1997, and since then has held several research posts. In her first post at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, she worked on a vitamin A supplementation trial based in Ghana and a study investigating the causes and transmission of new variant Creutzfeldt Jakob disease, and also contributed to the post-graduate teaching programme. Following this she spent over a year working as a statistician at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Sickle Cell Unit in Jamaica, and as a lecturer at the University of the West Indies.

Louise joined the Department of Public Health at Oxford University in 2002 and since then has worked on a variety of epidemiology studies and clinical trials within the University, including a large Ministry of Defence funded study of veterans exposed to chemical warfare agents at Porton Down. In a joint post with the Cancer Research UK Promoting Early Presentation Group at Kings College London she was also statistical lead for a series of trials evaluating a complex intervention for the early diagnosis of breast cancer. In 2009 she moved to the NPEU Clinical Trials Unit.