Professor Paula Williamson

Professor of Medical Statistics Health Data Science


    Personal Statement

    Paula Williamson is Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Liverpool. Her research programme has focussed on several aspects of evidence-based medicine (EBM) including clinical trials, meta-analysis, health outcome selection, and reducing waste in research. She was appointed as an NIHR Senior Investigator in 2014, gave the Bradford Hill Lecture in 2017, and was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) in 2018, and to AMS Council in 2021.

    She chaired the MRC Network of Hubs for Trials Methodology Research, 2008-2018, led a successful bid for a new MRC Trials Methodology Research Partnership from 2019, bringing together major organisations and 25 UK universities. She leads an MRC Doctoral Training Programme in Trials Methodology across 12 Research Organisations.

    Paula co-founded the global COMET (Core Outcome Measures in Effectiveness Trials) Initiative in 2010, to improve the quality and relevance of health research to decision makers including patients, health professionals, regulators and policymakers. COMET was the winner of the international Cochrane-REWARD prize in 2017 for reducing waste in research.

    Prizes or Honours

    • Thomas Chalmers Award (Cochrane Collaboratio , 2010)