Short CV/Education and training

Current positions:

  • Professor of Medical Statistics at the Department of Statistical Science, UCL and head of the Biostatistics Group

  • Joint statistical lead for UCL PRIMENT CTU

Other appointments and affiliations:

  • 2001 – 2005
    Member of the UCL/H Clinical Research and Development Committee

  • 2003 – 2005
    Member of the Scientific and Ethical Advisory Committee of the Medicines and Health Devices Regulatory Agency (MHRA) GPRD

  • 2006 – 2010
    Elected Member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Education sub-committee of the International Society for Clinical Biostatistics (ISCB)

  • 2008 – 2012
    Member of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Education Theme Management Group

  • 2008 – 2012
    Member of the Advisory Panel for National Institute for Health (NIHR), Research for Patient Benefit Programme (RfPB)

  • Since 2009
    Member of the Editorial Board and statistical advisor, Colorectal Disease Journal

  • Since 2009
    Referee for the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme (for grant applications and final reports from funded studies)

  • Since 2010
    Member of the ISCB Education sub-committee

  • Since 2011
    Member of the steering group of the UCL Primary Care and Mental Health Clinical Trials Unit (PRIMENT CTU)

  • Since 2014
    Member of the editorial board for Cochrane Neuromuscular Disease Group at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Disease

  • Since 2014
    Member of the Medical Section, Royal Statistical Society

  • Since 2014
    Member of the Strategic Skills Panel, Medical Research Council (MRC)

Selected publications

  • Kalaycioglu O, Copas A, King M, Omar RZ (2015). A comparison of multiple imputation methods for handling missing data in repeated measurements observational studies. JRSS A, DOI: 10.1111/rssa.12140.

  • Pavlou M, Ambler G, Seaman S, Elliott PE, King M, Omar RZ, (2015). How to develop a more accurate risk prediction model when there are few events, BMJ 2015;351:h3868.

  • Pavlou M, Ambler G, Seaman S, De Iorio M and Omar RZ (2015). Review and evaluation of penalised regression methods for risk prediction in low-dimensional data with few events. Statistics in Medicine. DOI: 10.1002/sim.6782.

  • Osborn, D. P. J., Hardoon, S., Omar RZ, King, M., Marston, L., Morris, R. W., Nazareth, I. and Larsen, J. (2015). Cardiovascular risk prediction models for people with severe mental illness results from the prediction and management of cardiovascular risk in people with severe mental Illnesses (PRIMROSE) research program. JAMA Psychiatry, 72 (2), 143-151. DOi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.2133.

  • O'Mahony C, Jichi F, Menelaos P, Monserrat L, Anastasakis A, Rapezzi C, Biagini E, Gimeno JR, Limongelli G, McKenna WJ, Omar RZ and Elliott PM, for the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Outcomes Investigators (2013). A novel clinical risk prediction model for sudden cardiac death in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM-RISK). Eur Heart J (2013) doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/eht439.

  • Ambler, G., Seaman, S., Omar, R. Z. (2012). An evaluation of penalised survival methods for developing prognostic models with rare events. Statistics in Medicine 31(11-12), 1150-1161 doi:10.1002/sim.4371.

  • Omar, R. Z., O'Sullivan, C., Petersen, I., Islam, A., Majeed, A. (2008). A model based on age, sex, and morbidity to explain variation in UK general practice prescribing: cohort study. BMJ 337, a238- doi:10.1136/bmj.a238.


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Medical Research Council

  • Royal Statistical Society

  • International Society for Clinical Biostatistics

Peer Review:

  • Journals: British Medical Journal (BMJ), Royal Statistical Society Series A, Statistics in Medicine, The Lancet, BMC open access journals and Colorectal Disease Journal.

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