Linda Sharples is a Professor of Medical Statistics at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Her research considers statistical analysis of medical interventions. She has provided expert advice to clinical trials on cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.
Linda Sharples Early life and education
Sharples was trained at the University of Nottingham, where she focussed on mathematics and statistics. Her doctoral research considered robustness and approximation in hierarchical models.
She joined Newcastle University as a postdoctoral fellow in 1986.
Linda Sharples Research and careeer
In 1989 Sharples joined the Medical Research Council Biostatistics Unit in Cambridge. She was made a programme leader in 2000.
In this capacity she developed statistical methods for assessing health technologies. The outcomes of her research were used to update experimental studies and decision models in the Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
She applied clinical epidemiology to cardiothoracic transplants. She evaluated surgical procedure and developed multi-state models to describe the history of chronic disease.
In 2013 Sharples left the MRC to join the University of Leeds Clinical Trials Unit as a Professor of Statistics. Here she oversaw the Comprehensive Health Research Division, which focussed on trials in musculoskeletal and cardiovascular medicine.
She served on the Government of the United Kingdom Commission on Human Medicines.
She moved to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as a Professor of Medical Statistics in 2017. Here she studied how medical statistics can be used to evaluate differenet interventions.
She is involved with an investigation into the care pathways of bowel cancer patients.