UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


ION Statistical Support Service

1. Aim of service

The aim of the service is to provide ION staff and students with support on the statistical aspects of a research project. The following areas are covered:

  • Study design and planning of statistical analysis
  • Sample size calculations
  • Descriptive and inferential statistics
  • Presentation and interpretation of statistical analysis results

2. Description of service

Support is offered for IoN MSc students on the following programmes: MSc/MRes Advanced Neuroimaging, MSc Brain and Mind Sciences, MSc Clinical Neurology, MSc Clinical Neuroscience, MRes Translational Neurology, MSc/MRes Neuromuscular Disease, MSc Dementia (Neuroscience) and MSc/MRes Stroke Medicine

To book an appointment, you need to complete 2 parts. Part 1 is below. You will receive a link to part 2 in a confirmation email. Bookings must be made at least 48 hours in advance and bookings will be confirmed via e-mail. All consultations will take place online via Teams. 

PGR (PhD) students and staff, click here for part 1 (form describing your research needs): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1qhOv2H63VoylaiD1qvss0Skw9wVyBOgu8HTOyOA5oCbXoA/viewform 

PGT (MSc/MRes) students, click here for part 1 (form describing your research needs): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfF565fVe63bb63kVK_736FNMIIQH6nt7uQrvmkb4khCeSBfA/viewform

3. Joint UCLH/UCL/RFH Biomedical Research Unit on-line course

Students at the UCL Institute of Neurology are encouraged to complete an on-line basic Statistics for Research course offered by the Joint UCLH/UCL/RFH Biomedical Research Unit (see link below). The core part of this course comprises the following modules:

  1. Basic study design
  2. Design of observational studies
  3. Estimation and hypothesis testing (part 1)
  4. Estimation and hypothesis testing (part 2)
  5. Analysis of continuous data
  6. More analysis of continuous data
  7. Analysis of categorical data
  8. More analysis of categorical data
  9. Sample size calculation

The aim of these lectures is to provide an introduction to quantitative methods for health researchers and postgraduate students, and to provide a refresher or revision course for those researchers who have previously attended a module or short course.

4. Some suggested reading

  1. An introduction to medical statistics by Martin Bland (Oxford University Press, 2006)
  2. Practical Statistics for Medical Research (Altman, 1990)
  3. Essential Medical Statistics by Betty Krickwood and Jonathan Sterne (Blackwell Science 2003)
  4. Clinical Trials: A Practical Guide to Design, Analysis, and Reporting (Duolao Wang, Ameet Bakhai, 2005)
  5. Introduction to Epidemiology by IIona Carneiro and Natasha Howard (open university Press, 2011)

5. Location

The statistician is located on the fifth floor of 7 Queen Square. Consultatiosn are currently being offered online and not on site.