Professor of Biostatistics

University of Leicester


I am a Professor of Biostatistics working in the Biostatistics Research Group in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Leicester, UK. I also work part-time in the Biostatistics Group in the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

I have a variety of interests, mainly in the area of survival analysis in epidemiology. Much of my work focuses on the analysis from data from national cancer registries. I particularly enjoy writing software to enable transferal of new methods into practice.

I enjoy teaching and have developed some interactive graphs to help with communication. Related to this we have developed interactive graphs to display various cancer survival measures, called InterPret.


  • Survival Analysis
  • Epidemiology
  • Cancer
  • Statistical Software


  • PhD in Biostatistics, 1999

    University of Leicester, UK

  • MSc in Medical Statistics, 1992

    University of Leicester, UK


A full list of my publications can be found here

I have written a book with Patrick Royston titled Flexible parametric survival models using Stata: Beyond the Cox model.

A review of the book can be found here

In the software section of my webpage you will find some tutorials on using these models.

Recent & Upcoming Talks

A list of selected talks can be found here

Recent Talks:_

22 September 2020. Standardised and reference adjusted all-cause and crude probabilities in the relative survival framework. Advances in Survival Analysis. International Biometric Society - British and Irish Region.

August 2020 A marginal model for relative survival.. Intenational Biometric Society 2020

26 September 2019. Issues in Standardization. Symposium for statisticians working in register-based cancer epidemiology 2019, Stockholm, Sweden

29 August 2019. Standardised crude probabilities of death to improve understanding of national and international cancer survival comparisons. Association of the Nordic Cancer Registries meeting 2019, Stockholm Sweden

30 August 2019. Marginal estimates through regression standardization in competing risks and relative survival models. Nordic and Baltic Stata Users Group meeting 2019, Stockholm, Sweden.


I have developed a number of Stata commands. I have added some examples of using this code and intend to add to these over time.

  • stpm2 - flexible parametric survival models
  • standsurv - standardized survival curves and more after fitting various types of survival models.
  • rcsgen - generate restricted cubic splines
  • stpm2_standsurv - standardized survival curves after fitting an stpm2 model
  • stpp - Non-parametric marginal relative (net) survival using Pohar Perme estimator
  • stpm2cif - cause-specific cumulative incidence function after fitting a stpm2 competing risks model
  • stcrprep - data-preparation command to fit a range of competing risks models.
  • partpred - partial predictions
  • strcs - flexible parametric model on log hazard scale

I have worked with Michael Crowther on various bits of software. Michael is a much better programmer than me!

I have also worked a lot with Paul Dickman, who has written some excellent Stata tutorials, many of which use my commands.


My main teaching is on the MSc Medical Statisics at the University of Leicester. I was a student on this course way back in $1991 / 1992$.

In $2018 / 2019$ I taught on the following teaching weeks for the MSc and expect to do the same in $2019 / 2020$,

  • Computationally Intensive Methods
  • Survival Analysis
  • Advanced Survival Analysis

Below are some upcoming course.

  • 23-25 January 2020 Parametric Competing Risks and Multistate models, Swiss Epidemiology Winter School, Wengen, Switzerland.

  • 1-6 June 2020. Paul Dickman and I will teach a 5-day course on statistical methods for population-based cancer survival analysis in Veneto Italy. Further details available here.