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Blizard Institute - Barts and The London

Javier Zamora, BSc, MSc, PhD


Senior Lecturer



Javier Zamora gained a BSc degree in Biology from University Complutense of Madrid in 1991.  He has a PhD degree in Biomathematics (1997) from the same University. After a postdoctoral stage at the Mario Negri Institute in Bergamo (Italy) he focused into Statistics and Epidemiology. He gained a MSc degree in Public Health and Epidemiology from Rey Juan Carlos University (Madrid) and recently got a MSc degree in Research & Development Management from the National School of Health and Alcala University (Madrid).

His has developed an academic carrier at University of Madrid in the Biomathematics department as an Associate Professor with teaching responsibilities in Statistics and Experimental design.

He is the Head of the Clinical Biostatistics Unit at Ramon y Cajal University Hospital (Madrid) and the Director of the Clinical Epidemiology Research Area of the Ramon y Cajal Biomedical Research Institute (IRYCIS). His group hosts the Madrid Cochrane Collaborating Centre.

He was member of the staff of Assessors of the National Evaluation and Foresight Agency (ANEP) at the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology. He is part of the panel of experts of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Spanish Medicine Agency (AGEMED). 

He is a Non-Clinical Lecturer PI in BARC (Barts Research Centre for Women’s Health).


Research Interests:

His current research interests relates to methodology for Clinical Epidemiology and research synthesis principally regarding Diagnostic Test Accuracy reviews.

He authored Meta-Disc software (2004) which was unique in its kind to perform meta-analysis of diagnostic tests accuracy studies. 


Pathak N, Dodds J, Zamora J, Khan K. Accuracy of urinary human papillomavirus testing for viral detection in the cervix: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ 2014;349:g5264 

Abraira V, Muriel A, Emparanza JI, Pijoan JI, Royuela A, Plana MN, Cano A, Urreta I, Zamora J. Reporting quality of survival analyses in medical journals still needs improvement. A minimal requirements proposal. J Clin Epidemiol. 2013 Dec;66(12):1340-6.e5

García-Blázquez V, Vicente-Bártulos A, Olavarria-Delgado A, Plana MN, van der Winden D, Zamora J; EBM-Connect Collaboration. Accuracy of CT angiography in the  diagnosis of acute gastrointestinal bleeding: systematic review and meta-analysis. Eur Radiol. 2013 May;23(5):1181-90.

Thangaratinam S, Brown K, Zamora J, Khan KS, Ewer AK. Pulse oximetry screening for critical congenital heart defects in asymptomatic newborn babies: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet. 2012 Jun 30;379(9835):2459-64

Kulier R, Gulmezoglu AM, Zamora J, Plana MN, Carroli G, Cecatti JC, Germar MJ, Pisake L,  Mittal S, Bergh AM,  May W, Souza JP, Koppenhoefer S, Khan KS. Effectiveness of a clinically integrated e-learning course in evidence-based medicine for reproductive health training: A randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2012 Dec 5;308(21):2218-25

Plana MN, Carreira C, Muriel A, Chiva M, Abraira V, Emparanza JI, Bonfill X, Zamora J. Magnetic resonance imaging in the preoperative assessment of patients with primary breast cancer: systematic review of diagnostic accuracy and meta-analysis. Eur Radiol. 2012 Jan;22(1):26-38

Wilson A, Gallos ID, Plana N, Lissauer D, Khan KS, Zamora J, MacArthur C, Coomarasamy A. Effectiveness of strategies incorporating training and support of traditional birth attendants on perinatal and maternal mortality: meta-analysis. BMJ. 2011 Dec 1;343:d710