Dr Steve Shaw

Dr Steve Shaw

Associate Lecturer

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)

Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Statistics. 

Involved in outreach and recruitment, including Open Days ,Applicant Days and International Recruitment, especially direct entry to final stage from Hong Kong.

Module leader for Statistics Project.


B.Sc. (First class honours) Pure Mathematics and Probability and Statistics, Sheffield University

M.Sc. Statistics, Sheffield University

PhD Environmental Science, Lancaster University

Professional membership

Poyal Statistical Society (RSS)

Teaching interests

Medical Statistics, Clinical Trials, Statistical Modelling, Experimental Design, Statistics in Psychology

Currently teaching:
STAT3402 Medical Statistics (term 1: Clinical trials)
PSY245 (Statistics for Psychology, Stage 2)
BIOL1007 and BIOL2001/2003 (Stage 1 and 2 Statistics for Biology)
MATH1505 Probability and Statistical Inference 1

Research interests

Medical statistics, clinical trials

Grants & contracts

A few examples of large scale funded projects in which I have a major involvement are:

 1.   Two large funded multi-centre case-control studies, the first investigating Suprachoroidal Haemorrhage (SCH), which is a complication of eye cataracts surgery, principal investigator: Mr Mick Cole (Consultant Ophthalmologist, Torbay Hospital). This study funded a statistical research assistant whom I supervised and allowed some of my time to be bought out. There have been two publications (both Ling et al, 2004) which were awarded the Kumar Prize (an award for best paper in anaesthetics). The statistical analysis showed that greater use of general anaesthetics for at-risk patients would lead to lower incidence of SCH. The second study into a different complication of cataract surgery, the Displacement of Nuclear Fragments into the Vitreous, has just been completed and two articles have been published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

2.   The Healthy Housing project, principal investigator: Margaret Somerville. An application for regional NHS funding (with myself as co-applicant) for statistical analysis of the data was successful. Publications include Richardson et al, 2006.

3.   A study based in Torbay investigating pre-hospital thrombolysis by paramedics for AMI (heart attack) patients. A feasibility study had regional funding (over £50000) and was published in the BMJ (Keeling et al, 2003). Following this study, paramedics in Torbay and many other areas are now allowed to administer pre-hospital thrombolysis, potentially saving time before treatment and hence the lives of heart attack patients. Funding for a follow-up evaluation study was also obtained. This evaluation has now been completed and the results will be published shortly.


LEA S.J. , LANVERS U., and SHAW S. (2003) Attrition in rape cases - Developing a profile and identifying relevant factors. British Journal of Criminology 43, no. 3: 583-599.

 LING R, KAMALARAJAH S, COLE M, JAMES C, SHAW S (2004) Suprachoroidal haemorrhage complicating cataract surgery in the UK: a case control study of risk factors. Br. J. Ophthalmology, 88:474-477

 LING R, COLE M, JAMES C, KAMALARAJAH S, SHAW S (2004) Suprachoroidal haemorrhage complicating cataract surgery in the UK: epidemiology, clinical features, management and outcomes. Br. J. Ophthalmology, 88:478-480

 BAKHEIT AMO, MAYNARD V and SHAW S (2005) The effects of isotonic and isokinetic muscle stretch on the excitability of the spinal alpha motor neurones in patients with muscle spasticity. European Journal of Neurology, 12: 719-724

 SURESH V, CAREY B S, SHAW S, TEE W Y, CARTWRIGHT N, AKOH J, McGONIGLE R, ROWE P, SHAW J AND KAMINSKI E (2005) A retrospective study of the prognostic impact of cytokine secretion in mixed lymphocyte culture on long-term graft function following allogeneic renal transplantation. Transplant InternationaI, 18: 1067-1071

 DAVIES MG, SYMONS C, SHAW S, KAMINSKI (2006) An open study to assess the efficacy clinically and immunologically of M. vaccae vaccine in patients with atopic dermatitis. J Dermatolog Treat.17(2):74-7.

 LANGLEY V, THOBURN A, SHAW S, BARTON A (2006) Second degree tears: to suture or not? A randomised controlled trial. Br. J. Midwifery. 14(9): 550-554

 RICHARDSON G, EICK S, SHAW S (2006) Designing a simple toolkit and protocol for the investigation of the indoor environment in homes. Indoor and Built Environment 15(5): 411-424

 SMITH M, RAMAN SV, PAPPAS G, SIMCOCK P, LING R, SHAW S (2006) Phacovitrectomy for primary retinal detachment repair in Presbyopes. Retina 10 (10): 1-6

 St LEGER DOWSE M, LEE V, SHAW S, SMERDON G, FIFE C, BRYSON P (2006) A relationship between the menstrual cycle and decompression illness: is the evidence building? European Journal of Underwater and Hyperbaric Medicine. 7(4): 84-86

 ABBAS SZ, De VRIES TK, SHAW S, ABBAS SQ (2007) Use and complications of peripheral vascular catheters: a prospective study. Br. J. Nursing 16(11):648-652

 BAKHEIT AMO, SHAW S, CARRINGTON S, GRIFFITHS S (2007) The rate and extent of improvement with therapy from the different types of aphasia in the first year after stroke. Clinical Rehabilitation, 21; 941

 BAKHEIT AMO, SHAW S, BARRETT L, WOOD J, CARRINGTON S, GRIFFITHS S, SEARLE K, KOUTSI F (2007) A prospective, randomized, parallel group, controlled study of the effect of intensity of speech and language therapy on early recovery from poststroke aphasia. Clinical Rehabilitation, 21; 885

 BAKHEIT AMO, SHAW S, CARRINGTON S, GRIFFITHS S (2007) The rate and extent of improvement with therapy from the different types of aphasia in the first year after stroke. Clinical Rehabilitation, 21; 941

 LEE A, JEFFERY D, SHAW S, WEAVER T (2007) Development of a brief screen for substance misuse amongst people with severe mental health problems living in the community. J. of Mental Health, 16 (5); 679-690

 MANGHAT NE, MORGAN-HUGHES GJ, SHAW S, BROADLEY AJ, GOGOLA L, MARSHALL AJ, ROOBOTTOM CA (2007) Multi-Detector Row CT coronary angiography in patients with Cardiomyopathy - Initial Single Centre Experience. Clinical radiology, 62; 632-638

 MANGHAT NE, MORGAN-HUGHES GJ, SHAW S, ROOBOTTOM CA (2008) Impaired Left Ventricular Function has a detrimental effect On image quality in Multi-Detector Row CT coronary angiography. Clinical radiology, 63 (4); 415-423

 BUNCE S, STRIDE A, MATTHEWS C, SHAW S, SMITH J C (2008) The effects of central arterial pressure and autonomic dysfunction on elevations in N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) in men with diabetes. Artery Research, 2 (2); 60-66

 CHIN G K, ADAMS C L, CAREY B S, SHAW S, TSE W Y, KAMINSKI E R (2008) The value of serum neopterin, interferon-gamma levels and interleukin-12B polymorphisms in predicting acute renal allograft rejection. Clinical and Experimental Immunology, 152; 239-244

 MAHMOOD S, von LANY H, COLE MD, CHARLES SJ, JAMES CRH, FOOT B, GOUWS P, SHAW S (2008) Displacement of nuclear fragments into the vitreous complicating phacoemulsification surgery in the UK: incidence and risk factors. Br. J. Ophthalmology, 92; 488-492

 Von LANY H, MAHMOOD S, JAMES CRH, COLE MD, CHARLES SJ, FOOT B, GOUWS P, SHAW S (2008) Displacement of nuclear fragments into the vitreous complicating phacoemulsification surgery in the UK: clinical features, outcomes and management. Br. J. Ophthalmology, 92; 493-495

 THURAIJAJAH PH, HEGAZY D, CHOKSKI S, SHAW S, DEMAINE A, KAMINSKI ER, NAOUMOV NV and CRAMP ME. (2008) Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)–Specific T Cell Responsesin Injection Drug Users with Apparent Resistance to HCV Infection. J Infect Dis. 198(12):1749-1755

 FARRAND P, CONFUE P, BYNG R, SHAW S (2008) Guided self-help supported by paraprofessional mental health workers: an uncontrolled before–after cohort study. Health and Social Care in the Community 17(1):9-17

HOLT J, LORD J, ACHRAYA U, WHITE A, O’NEILL N, SHAW S, BARTON A (2008) The effectiveness of foot reflexology in inducing ovulation: a sham-controlled randomized trial. Fertility and Sterility, 91(6), 2514-2519

 RUSSELL GC, SHAW S (2009) The prevalence of social anxiety in a sample of higher education students. Journal of Mental Health 18(3); 198-206

ABBAS SZ, ALI M, MUHAMAD AH, SHAW S, ABBAS SQ (2009) Frequency of HCV infection and its genotypes among patients attending a liver clinic and voluntary blood donors in a rural area of Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 25(4); 579-582

 LIDDER P, FLANAGAN D, FLEMING S, RUSSELL M, MORGAN N, WHEATLEY T, RAHAMIN J, SHAW S, LEWIS S (2010) Combining enteral with parental nutrition to improve postoperative glucose control. British Journal of Nutrition, 103; 1635-1641

 HAY C, MORSE R J, MORGAN-HUGHES G J, GOSLING O, SHAW S R, ROOBOTHAM C A (2010) Prognostic value of coronary multidetector CT angiography in patients with an intermediate probability of significant coronary heart disease. Br. J. Radiol. 83; 327-330

 LEA S J, HUNT L, SHAW S (2011) Sexual Assault of Older Women by Strangers. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 28, (11); 2303-2320

 ST LEGER DOWSE M, SHAW S, CRIDGE C and SMERSON G (2011) The use of drugs by UK recreational divers: illicit drugs. Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, 41(1); 9-15

 CAREY BS, JAIN R, ADAMS CL, WONG KY, SHAW S, TSE WY and KAMINSKI ER (2013) Serum neopterin as an indicator of increased risk of renal allograft rejection. Transplant Immunology 28; 81–85

 LIDDER P, THOMAS S, FLEMING S, HOSIE K, SHAW S and LEWIS S (2013) A randomised placebo controlled trial of preoperative carbohydrate drinks and early postoperative nutritional supplement drinks in colorectal surgery. Colorectal Disease 15; 737-745.

Additional information

My other interests include travel, hill-walking and football. I have visited Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia (Borneo), India, South Africa and Peru in recent years. I have walked a number of long distance trails including the West Highland Way, Wainwight's Coast-to-Coast and the Southern Upland Way.