Photo of Dr Graeme Hickey

Dr Graeme Hickey Ph.D. MMath CStat CSci

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Biostatistics Biostatistics

Biography

Personal Statement

Graeme Hickey is a statistician with interests in applied scientific problems. He has worked in a number of interdisciplinary research groups with experts from risk assessment, informatics, medicine, surgery, statistics, clinical audit and environmental science.

Graeme obtained a Masters of Mathematics (MMath) degree from the University of Durham in 2006. His final year dissertation was a Bayesian treatment of the Inverse Calibration Problem. In 2010 he obtained a PhD in Statistics supervised by Dr Peter Craig (Durham University) and Dr Andy Hart (Food and Environment Research Agency). His thesis explored novel developments for the calculation of so-called 'predicted no-effect concentrations' that were compatible with existing chemical regulations, in particular the EU REACH guidance.

He spent over a year working on an industry-funded (Unilever, Statoil ASA) ecotoxicology post-doctoral project at Durham University before joining the Northwest Institute of Bio-Health Informatics (NIBHI) at Manchester University. Whilst at NIBHI (later to be renamed the Centre for Health Informatics), his time was divided between providing statistical expertise to a team of heart surgeons based at the University Hospital of South Manchester, and providing statistical support to the National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit (NACSA), led by the National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR), UCL, and the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland (SCTS; http://www.scts.org).

Following this, Graeme moved to the University of Liverpool to work with Professor Peter Diggle in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health. Whilst there he worked on a diverse range of projects including veterinary epidemiology, public health and health e-research; the latter in collaboration with the Health e-Research Centre (HeRC; http://www.herc.ac.uk) at Manchester University--part of the Farr Institute (http://www.farrinstitute.org). He now works with Dr Ruwanthi Kolamunnage-Dona in the Department of Biostatistics on an MRC-funded project developing statistical methodology and software for estimation of joint models of multivariate data.

Personal Distinctions

  • Moderate scientific session: Interpreting randomized trial data (30th European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Annual Meeting, Barcelona 2016)
  • Different ways of reporting differences (Invitation to Speak, 30th European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Annual Meeting, Barcelona 2016)
  • Making forest and funnel plots (Invitation to Speak, 30th European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Annual Meeting, Barcelona 2016)
  • Reporting your results for publication according to guidelines (Invitation to Speak, 30th European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Annual Meeting, Barcelona 2016)
  • Statistical methods: CUSUM, VLAD, risk adjustment, funnel plot. Which one to choose? (Invitation to Speak, 30th European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Annual Meeting, Barcelona 2016)
  • A comparison of different joint models for longitudinal and competing risks data: with application to an epilepsy drug randomised control trial (Invitation to Speak, Royal Statistical Society Merseyside Group 2016)
  • Post-market surveillance of prosthetic aortic valves using registry data and record linkage (Invitation to Speak, Biosciences & Implants Unit, Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency 2015)
  • Statistical data and reporting guidelines: Important to get your paper published (Invitation to Speak, 29th European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Annual Meeting, Amsterdam 2015)
  • Moderate scientific session: How to statistically analyse your next research project (29th European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Annual Meeting, Amsterdam 2015)
  • Honorary Lecturer (Academic Surgery Unit, Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Manchester 2014)
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer (National Institute of Cardiovascular Outcomes Research, Institute of Cardiovascular Science, University College London 2013)
  • Honorary Researcher (University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust 2011)
  • Unlocking a national adult cardiac surgery audit registry with R (Invitation to Speak, Manchester R User Group Meeting 2013)
  • Ecotoxicological risk assessment: developments in PNEC estimation (Invitation to Speak, Food and Environment Research Agency 2010)
  • Chemical hazard risk assessment: incorporating “sensitive species” (Invitation to Speak, Food and Environment Research Agency 2010)
  • A look at the current ecotoxicological ‘safe concentrations’ derived using assessment factors (Central Science Laboratory 2009)
  • Tom Feijtel / SETAC Young Scientist Award (Best Poster) (Prize, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 2009)
  • Estimating hazardous concentrations for environmental risk assessment with ecotoxicological effect data (Invitation to Speak, Royal Statistical Society North-Eastern Group 2008)
  • Special Prize for 4th Year Dissertation Project (Prize, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Durham University 2006)
  • Derek Wilson First Year Mathematics Prize (Prize, Saint Aidan’s College, Durham University 2003)