Professor Rumana Omar

Position Professor of Medical Statistics
Email(*) r.omar
Themes Biostatistics


Biographical Details

Dr Rumana Omar

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 Biomedical Research Unit. Rumana also provides statistical leadership for UCL PRIMENT CTU. After completing a PhD in Medical Statistics from the University of Reading, Rumana has held academic appointments at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, St Barts and the Royal London Medical School and Imperial College.

Other Affiliations

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

Research Interests

Rumana’s main research interests are: risk prediction models (case-mix) for health outcomes, applied and methodological aspects of cluster randomised trials, repeated measurements studies and meta-analysis. She has collaborated nationally and internationally on large scale observational studies and trials in cardiac surgery, cancer, mental health and women’s health.

Selected publications

  • Thayyil,S., Chandrasekharan,M., Bainbridge,A., Omar,R., Murad,S., Cady,E.B., Robertson,N.J (2009). Quantitative magnetic resonance biomarkers for prediction of long term outcome following neonatal encephalopathy: a meta-analysis. Pediatrics Vol. 125, 382-395.
  • Omar R Z, O’ Sullivan C, Peterson I, Islam A and Majeed A (2008). A model based on age, gender and mortality explains variation in UK general practice.. BMJ;337:a238.
  • Ambler G, Omar RZ, Royston P (2007) A comparison of imputation techniques for handling missing predictor values in a risk model with a binary outcome.Statistical Methods in Medical Research, 16: 277-298.
  • Peregrine,E.,O'Brien,P, Omar,R., Jauniaux,E. (2006). Clinical and ultrasound parameters to predict the risk of cesarean delivery after induction of labor. Obstetrics and Gynecology 107(2), 227-233.
  • Ambler G, Omar RZ, Royston P, Kinsman R, Keogh B, Taylor K (2005) A generic, simple risk stratification model for heart valve surgery. Circulation, 112: 224-231.
  • Omar RZ, Ambler G, Eliahoo J, Royston P, Taylor KM.(2004) Cardiac surgery risk modelling for mortality: a review of current practice and suggestions for improvement, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 77: 2232-2237.
  • Turner RM, Omar RZ and Thompson SG (2001). Bayesian methods of analysis for cluster randomised trials with binary outcome data. Statistics in Medicine, 20, 453-472.
  • Omar RZ and Thompson SG (2000). Analysis of a cluster randomised trial with binary outcome data using a multilevel model. Statistics in Medicine, 19, 2675-2688.

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