John Matthews

Professor of Medical Statistics

School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics


I came to Newcastle University in 1987, following undergraduate and postgraduate studies in mathematics and statistics at Cambridge University, a PhD at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine with Professor Michael Healy and a post-doctoral appointment at Oxford University with Professor Peter Armitage.

I was awarded the Guy Medal in Bronze of the Royal Statistical Society in 1996 and served as President of the British and Irish Region of the International Biometric Society from 2014-16.


  • MMB8100 Research Skills and Principles for the Biosciences
  • MAS3908 Experimental Design



  • Medical statistics
  • Clinical trials
  • Crossover trials
  • Design in medicine


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Measuring blood glucose in neonatal units: How does hemocue compare?

Archives of Disease in Childhood - Fetal and Neonatal Edition 1996; 75(3):F202-F208

An investigation of changepoints in the annual number of cases of haemolytic uraemic syndrome

Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series C (Applied Statistics) 1993; 42(3):461-471