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Prof Rumana Omar
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  • Professor of Medical Statistics
  • Dept of Statistical Science
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Rumana is a Professor of Medical Statistics at the Department of Statistical Science, UCL and Head of the Biostatistics Group at the UCLH/UCL Joint Research Office (JRO) of the NIHR UCLH/UCL Biomedical Research Centre. Rumana also provides statistical leadership for UCL PRIMENT CTU. She is a member of the PRIMENT CTU steering group and the JRO Leadership Team.

Rumana has held academic appointments at Imperial College, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and St Barts and the Royal London Medical School.

Other Affiliations

  • Member of the NIHR HTA General Board since 2016.
  • Member of the NIHR Fellowship Panel since 2016.
  • Member of the MRC Strategic Skills Fellowship Panel since 2014.
  • Associate Editor, BMC Research Methodology since 2016.
  • .Member of the Editorial Board, BMC Diagnosis and Prognosis Research since 2016.
  • Committee member of the Medical Section of the Royal Statistical Society since 2014.
  • Elected member of the executive committee (2004-2008) and Chair of the Education sub-committee of the International Society for Clinical Biostatistics (2005-2010).
  • Member of the NIHR RfPB London Regional Funding Committee (2009-2013).

Research Themes
Research Summary

Rumana’s main research interests are: risk prediction models (case-mix) for health outcomes, applied and methodological aspects of trials, methods for handling data clustered within large units and handling missing data. Rumana has led the development of the first risk model to predict mortality for heart valve surgery patients and has also collaborated internationally to develop the first risk model to predict sudden cardiac death in patients with hypertrophic cardiac myopathy (HCM). These models have been included in the guidelines of the American Heart Association and the European Society of Cardiology respectively. The HCM model features on the ESC website and is widely used in clinical practice. She has also been the statistical lead in the development of several risk models including models predicting the risk of dementia and the risk of cardiovascular disease in severely mentally ill patients. Rumana has led an MRC methodology funded research project on investigatiing the use of shrinkage methods for prognostic models for data with few events. She is currently jointly leading an MRC methodology funded project on sample size for development and validation of risk predictionmodels.

She is the statistical lead on several NIHR/HTA funded trials and has also collaborated internationally on large scale observational studies.

Teaching Summary

Rumana has taught on several courses on cluster randomised trials in the UK, Europe, malaysia and Iran. She established the MSc in Medical Statistics in UCL and led a successful bid to the NIHR for studentships for this MSc. Rumana  also established the annual popular short course "Practical Statistics for Medical Research" in UCL/UCLH (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/statistics/psmr) and also takes a lead role in teaching and organising this course.

Academic Background
1991   Doctor of Philosophy University of Reading
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