Centre For Statistics in Medicine

The Centre for Statistics in Medicine (CSM) in Oxford, United Kingdom was founded and directed by Professor Douglas G. Altman in 1988. In 1995 it was based at the Institute of Health Sciences in Headington, Oxford, and relocated to the annexe of Wolfson College, Oxford in 2005.

The CSM incorporates the Cancer Research UK Medical Statistics Group (MSG) (which has separate support and research teams), plus an NHS R&D funded Statistical Support Team. It is one of the groups that comprises the Oxford NHS R&D Academic Unit, together with the Unit of Health-Care Epidemiology, Health Services Research Unit, and the Health Economics Research Centre (all part of the University Department of Public Health). It is affiliated to the Department of Clinical Pharmacology in the University of Oxford.

CSM collaborates in health care research, conducts applied statistical research and runs training courses/workshops for both health care workers and statisticians.

Statisticians within the CSM are involved in many collaborative projects with clinicians in Oxford and further afield, some working across the medical spectrum and others focusing on cancer. Other statisticians within the CSM work primarily on a programme of methodological research, in particular relating to studies of diagnosis and prognosis, and to systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

Members of all groups within the CSM participate in training activities.

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