|Position||Professor of Statistics and Health Economics|
|Phone (external)||020 7679 1248|
|Personal webpage||http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~ucakgba, gianlubaio.blogspot.co.uk|
|Themes||Biostatistics, General Theory and Methodology|
Gianluca graduated in Statistics and Economics from the University of Florence (Italy). He then completed a PhD programme in Applied Statistics again at the University of Florence, after a period at the Program on the Pharmaceutical Industry at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge (USA); he then worked as a Research Fellow and then Temporary Lecturer in the Department of Statistical Sciences at University College London (UK).
Gianluca's main interests are in Bayesian statistical modelling for cost effectiveness analysis and decision-making problems in the health systems, hierarchical/multilevel models and causal inference using the decision-theoretic approach. Gianluca leads the Statistics for Health Economic Evaluation research group within the department of Statistical Science.
Current research students
- Katrin Haussler (Health economic evaluation of Human Papillomavirus vaccination)
- Anthony Hatswell (A modelling framework for estimation of benefit using single arm clinical trials)
- Anna Heath (Bayesian computations for the Expected Value of Partial Information for health economic evaluation using Gaussian processes and INLA)
- Christina Ding (Health economic evaluation of Polycystic ovary syndrome)
- William Barcella (co-supervision with Maria De Iorio, Interpreting lower urinary tract symptoms using Bayesian methods: improved diagnostic inference, faster delivery, less investigation and lower costs)
- Spyros Poulimenos (Full Bayesian methods to model utility measures using mixture of distributions).
Selected research grants
- Valuing Active Life in Dementia (VALID). Co-investigator (PI Dr Martin Orrell, UCLH), NIHR Programme Grant, start 01/01/2012
- Bayesian modelling to assess the cost-effectiveness of a vaccination strategy to prevent Human Papilloma Virus-related disease: the BEST2 study. Principal investigator, Sanofi Pasteur Research Grant, start 01/01/2012
- Novel multimodality imaging techniques for neurosurgical planning and stereotactic navigation in epilepsy surgery. Co-investigator (PI Prof John Duncan, UCL Neurology), Wellcome Trust/NIHR, start 15/09/2012
- Evaluating the benefits of community based aerobic training on the physical health and well-being of people with neuromuscular diseases: a pilot study. Co-investigator (PI: Dr Gita Ramdharry, UCLH), NIHR Research for Patients Benefit, starts 2013
- The regression discontinuity design: a novel approach to evaluating the effects of drugs and treatments in primary care. Principal investigator, MRC Methodology Panel, starts 2013
- Cannabidiol: a novel treatment for cannabis dependence? Co-investigator (PI: Prof Valerie Curran, UCL Clinical Education & Health Psychology). MRC Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme/Developmental Clinical Studies Panel, starts 2013
- A feasibility study of a psychological intervention to address alcohol misuse for people with mild to moderate learning disabilities living in the community. Co-investigator (PI: Dr Christos Koumtsidis, Hertfordshire NHS Trust), NIHR, RfPB starts 2013
- Comparative evaluation of the stepped wedge design efficiency. NIHR Research Methods fellowship (collaboration with Rumana Omar, UCL Statistical Science and Michael King, UCL Mental Health Sciences), start February 2014
- Can albumin infusion reverse immune suppression in patients with acute on chronic liver failure via dampening Prostaglandin E2 bioavailability? Co-investigator (PI Alastair O'Brien, UCL Medicine). Wellcome Trust, start 2014