Dr Kara Stevens
Profiles

Dr Kara Stevens

Research Fellow in Medical Statistics

Medical Statistics

Role

I am a statistician within the Medical Statistics group. Part of my role consists of the planning and analysis of clinical trials, statistical consultancy, as well as assisting on courses for undergraduate and postgraduate medical students.

Qualifications

Education

PhD Statistics - Bristol University (2013) 

MRes Statistics (Distinction) - Bristol University (2008)

MSc Statistics with Applications in Medicine (Distinction) - University of Southampton (2006)

BSc (Hons.) Mathematics and Statistics (1st Class) - University of Plymouth (2005)

Employment

2016 - present     Research Fellow, Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry.

2015 - 2016         Research Fellow, School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln.

2013 - 2015         Heilbronn Research Fellow, School of Mathematics, University of Bristol.

2006 - 2007         Research Assistant, Epidemiology and Public Health, Medical School, University of Exeter.

Research interests

I am currently working on developing feasibility and pilot studies, and clustered randomised controlled trials.

Other research

My previous research has included

  • Time series analysis - in particular locally stationary wavelet processes.
  • Chronic ageing diseases - using longitudinal studies to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms associated type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
  • Animal behaviour - identifying environmental and behavioural characteristics associated with aggression in pigs.

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Nason G & Stevens K 2015 'Bayesian Wavelet Shrinkage of the Haar-Fisz Transformed Wavelet Periodogram' PLOS ONE 10, (9) e0137662-e0137662 , DOI PEARL
Parahyba MI, Stevens K, Henley W, Lang IA & Melzer D 2009 'Reductions in Disability Prevalence Among the Highest Income Groups of Older Brazilians' American Journal of Public Health 99, (1) 81-86 , DOI
Melzer D, Perry JRB, Hernandez D, Corsi A-M, Stevens K, Rafferty I, Lauretani F, Murray A, Gibbs JR & Paolisso G 2008 'A Genome-Wide Association Study Identifies Protein Quantitative Trait Loci (pQTLs)' PLoS Genetics 4, (5) e1000072-e1000072 , DOI PEARL
Stevens KN, Lang IA, Guralnik JM & Melzer D 2008 'Epidemiology of balance and dizziness in a national population: findings from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing' Age and Ageing 37, (3) 300-305 , DOI
Frayling T, Hurst A, Murray A & Melzer D 2007 'A common variant of the interleukin 6 receptor (IL-6r) gene increases IL-6r and IL-6 levels, without other inflammatory effects' Genes and Immunity 8, (7) 552-559 , DOI
Rafiq S, Stevens K, Hurst AJ, Murray A, Henley W, Weedon MN, Bandinelli S, Corsi AM, Guralnik JM & Ferruci L 2007 'Common genetic variation in the gene encoding interleukin-1-receptor antagonist (IL-1RA) is associated with altered circulating IL-1RA levels' Genes and Immunity 8, (4) 344-351 , DOI