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Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine (WIPM)

Professor Rhian Gabe


Professor of Biostatistics and Clinical Trials

Telephone: 020 7882 3544


I am a statistician with an academic background in mathematics (University of Liverpool), epidemiology (University of Cambridge) and a PhD using statistical methods to evaluate breast cancer screening using mammography (Queen Mary, University of London). 

Working at the MRC Cancer Trials Office, Cambridge in 1996 sparked my interest in cancer research and clinical trials. I later worked in the MRC Clinical Trials Unit, London and York Trials Unit gaining further experience of analysing, designing and leading trials in a variety of disease areas. Examples include imaging for detection of prostate cancer, preventive interventions for HIV and leishmaniasis, treatments for testis cancer, brain tumours, pulmonary infection and venous leg ulcers.

My current research interests are in cancer screening and prevention and I chair the NCRI Screening Subgroup. I am the lead statistician for a number of studies including the Yorkshire Lung Screening Trial – evaluating implementation of low dose CT screening delivered through mobile vans in the community aiming to scan 7000 people at high risk of lung cancer, and TB and Tobacco Trial – evaluating the effectiveness of adding cytisine to behavioural support for smoking cessation among 2400 TB patients in Bangladesh and Pakistan.