Martin Bland became Professor Emeritus in 2015, having 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 fourth edition, and co-author of Statistical Questions in Evidence-based Medicine, both Oxford University Press, more than 290 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 several clinical trials and other studies and is providing support for postgraduate students’ dissertation work.
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 28,000 times, is the most cited paper ever to appear in the Lancet, and has been reported to be one of the 30 most highly cited 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.
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 and is a member of several trial steering committees and data monitoring committees.
Martin is happy to advise research students, but does not intend to take any more personal students.