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Dr Bannon is open to PhD applications from candidates who have an interest in applying statistical methodology to observational datasets to better estimate and understand the prognostic factors affecting cancer patient survival outcomes. Fully-parametric survival analysis, missing data imputation, causal inference mediation, prognostic models, 'emulation trial' designs using observational data, and 'per protocol' effect estimation in clinical trials are current areas of Dr Bannon's research.

20072022

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Research Interests

My research interest lies in improving knowledge on the survival of cancer patients through developing statistical methodology to better describe, present, and understand variation in patient outcomes. For instance, I supervised a PhD thesis on defining and measuring 'undertreatment' in elderly lung cancer patients using data from the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry (NICR) and employing a causal inference mediation methodology.

I was a principal investigator on a Health Foundation project to generate the 'Route-to-Diagnosis' flag for each cancer patient in Northern Ireland (NI) using NHS datasets; this flag is being included as a key evaluation metric for the NI Department of Health's imminent Cancer Strategy for Northern Ireland 2021-2031.

I lead a project with the United Kingdom and Ireland Association of Cancer Registries Analysts' Group to determine the lower-threshold patient number required for estimating robust survival estimates, in order to facilitate survival comparisons on finer scale (e.g. between Trusts). Related to this, is funnel plot methodology I have developed to present and compare [international] survival estimates of varying precision.

In a PhD proposal presently advertised, I would like to explore the potential of applying causal inference methodology to the NICR's Monitoring Care of Cancer Patients audit datasets in order to provide a cancer treatment evidence-base for patients that are not well-represented in current research, such as those who are elderly or have rare cancers.

I have previously worked as a statistician in the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry, and on CONCORD, an international cancer survival research group based in the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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