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Prof Rumana Omar
  • 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 Royal Free/UCLH/UCL Research Support Centre. Rumana is also the  joint statistical lead for UCL PRIMENT CTU.

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 MRC Strategic Skills Fellowship Panel since 2014.
  • 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 theRfPB London Regional Funding Committee (2009-2013).

Research Summary

Rumana’s main research interests are: risk prediction models (case-mix) for health outcomes, applied and methodological aspects of trials involving clustered data, repeated measurements studies and methods for 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 cardiac myopathy. These models have been included in the guidelines of the American Heart Association and the European Society of Cardiology respectively. She has also been the statistical lead in the development of several risk models including models predicting the risk of pregnancy outcomes and the risk of cardiovascular disease in severely mentally ill patients. Rumana is currently leading an MRC methodology project on risk models for data with few events and another NIHR Research Methods funded project on sample size for Stepped Wedge Cluster trials.

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 and the Middle East. Rumana also takes a lead role in teaching and organising the annual popular short course "Practical Statistics for Medical Research" in UCL/UCLH.
Academic Background
1991 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Medical Statistics University of Reading
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