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Andy leads the Biostatistics Collaboration Unit in the School of Health Sciences and contributes to the NIHR Research Support Unit and NIHR Statistics Group.  His time is divided between offices in the Centre for Biostatistics and at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, where he also leads the statistics group and collaborates on clinical research.

Most of his clinical research collaboration is within the field of neurosciences.  Andy is a member of the Stroke Association's grant-funding panel and works across experimental medicine, acute stroke and rehabilitation research with a focus on intervention studies.

Methodological interests include issues arising in the meta-analysis of subfertility trials, identified through his longstanding role as lead Statistical Editor of the Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility Review Group (formerly Menstrual Disorders & Subfertility).


Andy completed his MSc under a Special Training Award at the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyons.  His first post, under the mentorship of Sheila Bird (MRC Biostatistics Unit), was a national cohort study of corneal transplant outcome based at the UK Transplant Service in Bristol.  This was followed by seven years at the University of Leeds Institute of Epidemiology & Health Services Research, where he developed a portfolio of collaborative research in gynaecology, obstetrics & midwifery.

In 1999 Andy crossed the Pennines to join Graham Dunn's Biostatistics Group. He developed and expanded a statistical team at Salford Royal using funding raised through successful research bids. His research collaborations have focused on clinical neuroscience, and stroke in particular.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Royal Statistical Society

International Society for Clinical Biostatistics

Cochrane Collaboration: Review Group Editor

NIHR Research Design Service North West: Associate Director

Stroke Association: Project Grant Adjudication Panel

HTA Clinical Evaluation and Trials Board (2010-2014)


BSc. Pure Mathematics & Mathematical Statistics, University of Exeter, 1988

MSc. Medical Statistics & Information Technology, University of Leicester, 1989

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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