John Matthews

John Matthews

Emeritus 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.

I retired from the university in 2022, becoming an Emeritus Professor. I remain involved in several projects and activities within the Biostatistics Research Group.


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


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


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(2016). Anticoagulation in haemodialysis in children: A thirty-period crossover trial. In Aston P et al (eds) UK Success Stories in Industrial Mathematics. Springer, Cham.