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Prof. Christopher Weir

Professor of Medical Statistics and Clinical Trials, University of Edinburgh

Christopher Weir is Professor of Medical Statistics and Clinical Trials in the Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh. He co-leads the statistics team within the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit. He is a statistician co-investigator on a number of acute poisoning studies, including NIHR RIGHT4: Preventing Deaths from Acute Poisoning in Low and Middle Income Countries. He is currently a member of the United Kingdom’s Commission on Human Medicines.

He trained in statistics at University of Glasgow, before undertaking a PhD in the same institution applying expert system methodology to the clinical management of acute stroke. This was followed by a Masters in Public Health and Health Services Research at University of Aberdeen. Since 2004 he has worked in UKCRC registered clinical trials units, collaborating with clinical investigators to deliver high impact clinical trials and health research studies, alongside development of novel statistical clinical trials methodology to support current and future research.

His main research interests include statistical methods for the evaluation of potential surrogate outcomes for clinical trials; adaptive and platform clinical trials; and cluster-randomised trials, including those using stepped-wedge designs.