Martin Bland
Professor of Health Statisics



Martin Bland joined the University of York as Professor of Health Statistics in 2003. Before this he spent 27 years at St. George's Hospital Medical School, University of London, following posts at St. Thomas's Hospital Medical School and in industry with ICI. He is the author of An Introduction to Medical Statistics, now in its third edition, and co-author of Statistical Questions in Evidence-based Medicine, both Oxford University Press, more than 230 refereed journal articles reporting public health and clinical research and on research methods, and, with Professor Doug Altman, the Statistics Notes series in the British Medical Journal. Martin is currently working on clinical trials in wound care, hazardous alcohol use, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, and stroke prevention. 

Personal research interests are in the design and analysis of studies of clinical measurement and of cluster randomised clinical trials. A 1986 Lancet paper with Doug Altman on statistical methods for assessing agreement between two methods of clinical measurement has now been cited 20,000 times, is the most cited paper ever to appear in the Lancet, and has been reported to be one of the ten most highly cited statistical papers ever. In 2007 Martin became an ISI Highly Cited Researcher and in 2008 was awarded the Senior Investigator Award of the National Institute for Health Research.  


  • BSc Mathematics
  • MSc Statistics
  • PhD Epidemiology



Martin's main methodological interests are in problems of medical measurement: comparing methods of clinical measurement, measurement error, adjustment using external standards, construction of centile charts, etc., and clinical trial design and analysis, particularly cluster randomised trials. Health science interests include many clinical trials and other clinical and epidemiological studies. Martin is happy to collaborate in any health or social research.

Current projects

  • Treatments for venous leg ulcers 
  • Collaborative treatment for depression in primary care (CADET)
  • Acupuncture for depression (AcuDEP)
  • Acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome
  • Acupuncture and Alexander technique for neck pain (ATLAS)
  • Stents versus vein grafting for carotid stenosis (ECST)
  • Reduction of hazardous alcohol consumption (SIPS, AESOPS)
  • Urinary incontinence (CoDAP)
  • Social education in primary schools in northern Ireland (Roots of Empathy)
  • Diagnosis of deaf autism (DIADS)
  • Drug treatment in osteoarthritis (DUPRO)

Research group(s)


Martin is happy to supervise PhDs in any medical statistical area.


Full publications list



  • Leader for M.Sc. modules in Understanding Clinical Statistics and in Measurement in Health and Disease, teacher for Research Methods, Systematic Reviews, Multilevel Modelling, and Health and Social Statistics 2
  • Ph.D. and M.Sc. supervisor.  Leader for Understanding Statistics in Clinical Research (for vets). 
  • Teacher on Introduction to the Design & Conduct of Clinical Trials, leader for Introduction to Statistics for Clinical Trials. 
  • Teacher on other occasional short courses.

External activities


  • International Biometric Society
  • Royal Statistical Society
  • Honorary member, Royal College of Radiologists

Editorial duties

  • Board member, Statistical Methods in Medical Research

Invited talks and conferences

  • Main speaker, Statistical Issues in Research, NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College London, Guy’s Hospital, 28th March 2013: “Regression towards the mean or Why was Terminator III such a disappointment?”

Media coverage

  • Health Advisor for Channel 4 series, Health Freaks, shown in October, 2013.

Contact details

Prof. Martin Bland
Professor of Health Statisics

Tel: 01904 32(1334)