Biostatistics is a primary and an enabling discipline. It is unique in that it is a key component to all clinical research areas, but especially in population health and health services research, and involves collaboration with researchers in numerous disciplines (e.g. clinical research, health economics, clinical psychology).
My primary areas of research in Biostatistics are in the theory and application of statistical methods in clinical trials of health service and population health interventions and in the development of novel analytic approaches in Sports and Exercise Science (h-index 27). My research interests include statistical modelling, statistical computing, design and analysis of cluster randomised trials, smoothing techniques and derivative estimation, survival analysis, tree based classification problems and sports analytics.
I was the founder and leader of the first Biostatistics Unit in the network of HRB Clinical Research Facilities in Ireland, based at HRB-Clinical Research Facility Galway (HRB CRFG) and am an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.
My role as an educator in Biostatistics includes my co-authorship of the first text book on Biostatistics specifically for Sports and Exercise Scientists. The book assumes no prior knowledge of statistics and uses real-life case studies to introduce the importance of statistics in sport and exercise science. Code is available on the book’s accompanying website to replicate all analyses in Minitab, SPSS and R.
I have written free software to calculate blood lactate markers which is available here as a Shiny package in R.