Statistical Science


Dr Julie Barber

PositionAssociate Professor

* @ucl.ac.uk

Biographical Details

Julie is an Associate Professor in Medical Statistics at the Department of Statistical Science, UCL and a member of the Biostatistics Group at the Joint Research Office (JRO) within the NIHR UCLH/UCL Biomedical Research Centre. Julie completed a PhD looking at statistical issues in economic evaluations of randomised trials at Imperial College in 2001. She has previously worked at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Imperial College and the MRC Clinical Trials Unit.  

Research Interests

Julie has experience of both randomised trials and large epidemiological studies, and works collaboratively with researchers at UCL, UCLH and externally. Recent collaborations include studies in dementia research, antimicrobial resistance, cancer and COPD. Her main methodological interests concern statistical issues in design and analysis of trials.


  • Medical Statistics 1 (STAT0014)
  • Medical Statistics 2 (STAT0015)
  • Practical Statistics for Medical Research (short course)

Other Affiliations

  • Member of the NIHR RfPB London Regional Funding Committee (2016-)


Recent Grant Funding

  • DREAMS START (Dementia RElAted Manual for Sleep; STrAtegies for RelaTives): A randomised controlled trial to determine the usefulness of a manual-based programme for carers of people with dementia and sleep disturbances. Funding: NIHR-HTA (£1.4 million) 2020.  PI: Prof Gill Livingston & Dr Penny Rapaport (UCL) (with PRIMENT CTU)
  • Trial of Ondansetron as a Parkinson’s HAllucinations Treatment: TOPHAT. Funding: Parkinsons UK (2019), PI: Dr Suzanne Reeves (UCL) (with PRIMENT CTU)
  • APPLE-Tree programme: Active Prevention in People at risk of dementia: Lifestyle, bEhavious change and Technology to REducE cognitive and functional decline.  Funding: EPSRC dementia programme (2018)  PI: Prof Claudia Cooper (UCL) (with Priment CTU)
  • PentoxIfylline and Tocopherol for the treatment of poST radiotherapy fibrOsis in head and neck cancer Patients: a feasibility study (PIT-STOP). Funding: NIHR RfPB (2017) (£260,000). PI: Prof Sefano Fedele (UCL) (with SITU CTU)
  • New intervention for independence in dementia (NIDUS) study) Funding: Alzheimer’s society (£2 million) 2017. PI: Dr Claudia Cooper (UCL) (with PRIMENT CTU)
  • Implementation of COPD case finding and self management action plans in low and middle income countries.  Funding: MRC (£1.1 million) Programme grant. 2016. PI: Dr John Hurst (UCL)
  • INHALE: Potential of Molecular Diagnostics for Hospital-Acquired and Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia in UK Critical Care. Funding: NIHR programme grant. 2015  (£2 million). PI: Prof Vanya Gant (UCL)
  • Dementia related manual for sleep (DREAMS) – DREAMS (Dementia Related Manual for Sleep) START (Strategies for Relatives) Funding: NIHR-HTA (£406.347.00) 2016.  PI: Prof Gill Livingston (UCL) 
  • The MARQUE project: Managing Agitation and Raising Quality of Life. A project to improve quality of life in people with dementia. ESRC/NIHR programme grant (£3.2 million) 2013. PI: Prof Gill Livingston (UCL) (with PRIMENT CTU)
  • The Essence of Specialist Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) Cancer Care. Funding: NIHR programme grant (£2 million) 2011. PI: Prof Jeremy Whelan (UCL).
  • Improving the effectiveness of multidisciplinary team meetings for patients with chronic diseases. Funding: NIHR. PI: Prof Rosalind Raine (UCL).
  • A salivary pacemaker in the treatment of radiation-induced xerostomia: a double-blind randomised controlled trial of a novel neuro-electrostimulator of salivary glands. Funding: NIHR RPB. PI: Dr Sefano Fedele (UCL).