Keith Abrams is Professor of Medical Statistics, within the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Leicester, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator Emeritus, and Deputy Associate Director of the Health Data Research (HDR) UK Midlands Substantive Site. His research interests, for which he has an international reputation, are primarily concerned with the development and application of Bayesian statistical methods in Health Technology Assessment (HTA), in particular regarding clinical trials, evidence synthesis, and economic decision modelling, and Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) epidemiology. This work is primarily supported with funding from EU, HDR UK, Medical Research Council (MRC), NIHR and industry (with a total value in excess of £20M over the last 5 years).
Keith has been extensively involved with the UK NIHR HTA Programme and UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Technology Appraisal process since their inception. He was a member of the NICE Technology Appraisals Committee for over 8 years until 2015, is a member of the NICE Decision Support Unit and NICE Technical Support Unit, and has acted as a consultant to the NICE Scientific Advice Programme. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and a Chartered Statistician.
He has published widely in both substantive and methodological areas [h-index 86] including co-authoring books on Methods for Meta-Analysis in Medical Research, Bayesian Approaches to Clinical Trials and Healthcare Evaluation, and Evidence Synthesis for Decision Making in Healthcare, in addition to co-editing one of the first texts on Methods for Evidence-based Healthcare.Keith has extensive experience over the last 20 years as a consultant to both the pharmaceutical and healthcare consultancy sectors, providing both methodological and strategic HTA advice across a wide range of therapeutic areas, as well as internationally to governments and reimbursement agencies on approaches to developing health policy.