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Rafael Perera is a Statistician, Professor of Medical Statistics, and the Head of Statistics in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, UK. He is Director of the Monitoring and Diagnosis group, Oxford (MaDOx) and Director of Research Methodologies at the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (CEBM) in Oxford. He is also a Fellow of St Hugh’s College, Oxford. He said,"My main activity is as Director of the Statistics group in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences (NDPCHS) which I joined in 2002. I am involved in a number of research activities within the department; however my main focus is the study of Monitoring for the management of long-term conditions (e.g. Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, etc). I have overseen the development of one of the strongest methodological/statistical groups in the UK (across all clinical areas) with a particular emphasis on Monitoring, with my group achieving national and international recognition [NIHR Progress Report 2008/09-Delivering Health Research]. As part of this, I am the Statistical director of our fully accredited Clinical Trials Unit (only 55 units have received full accreditation in the UK). I sit on a range of national and international panels and boards that influence healthcare policy at different levels (funding boards, steering groups, data monitoring boards, etc.). I am also a Statistical Editor of the BMJ (since 2011) and was a member of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Commissioning board until 2012, joining in 2007 as Associate Member becoming a full Board Member in 2009. I am also Director of Research Methodologies in the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (CEBM) as well a fellow at St Hugh’s college Oxford."
Professor Perera’s primary research program focuses on monitoring in primary care, meta-analysis methods, methodology for studying infectious diseases in children, and assessing complex interventions. In the last five years, his research focus has turned to managing chronic conditions. He is currently PI on an NIHR (UK) funded Programme grant on Monitoring Long term conditions in Primary Care, focusing on improving the evidence for the management of Chronic Kidney Disease and Chronic Heart Failure. He is the author of more than 150 publications focusing on monitoring in primary care, meta-analysis methods, methodology for studying infectious diseases in children, and assessing complex interventions.