Independent Data Monitoring Committee
Linda Sharples was appointed Professor of Statistics in the Clinical Trials Research Unit in September 2013. There she leads the Comprehensive Health Research Division which has a focus on musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, skin and dental trials. She has a first class honours degree in Mathematics and a PhD in Statistics, both from Nottingham University. Before coming to Leeds Linda led a programme of research in statistical methods for health technology assessment at the MRC Biostatistics Unit in Cambridge, with particular emphasis on trials of surgical procedures, diagnostic strategies and service delivery. These methods were motivated by, and fed back into, observational and experimental studies and decision models arising from a long-standing collaboration with clinicians at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge.