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(MSc (Statistics), PhD (Biostatistics))Katrina Sharples (2022)

Professor of Biostatistics

Office: Science III, room 238
Tel +64 21 245 5686


I am a biostatistician, with a PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Washington, Seattle. I have fairly broad interests in statistical methods for clinical and epidemiological research, with particular expertise in clinical trials. I am the lead statistician for Cancer Trials New Zealand, the Centre for International Health and the Pharmacoepidemiology Research Network, and I am a member of the Otago Global Health Institute and the Centre for Translational Research in Cancer.

My time is divided between the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Medicine.

Teaching responsibilities

My teaching responsibilities include:

Research interests

  • Clinical trials
  • Statistical methods in epidemiology


Parkin, L., Sharples, K. J., Barson, D. J., & Blank, M.-L. (2017). Simvastatin dose and acute kidney injury without concurrent serious muscle injury: A nationwide nested case-control study. PLoS ONE, 12(7), e0182066. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0182066
Journal - Research Article
Burns, K. E., Lo, W.-Y., Findlay, M. P., Sharples, K., Laking, G., & Helsby, N. A. (2016). High CYP2C19 phenotypic variability in gastrointestinal cancer patients. Cancer Chemotherapy & Pharmacology, 77, 195-204. doi: 10.1007/s00280-015-2923-4
Journal - Research Article
Perez, D., Sharples, K. J., Broom, R., Jeffery, M., Proctor, J., Hinder, V., … Simpson, A., … Findlay, M. (2015). A randomised phase IIb trial to assess the efficacy of ReCharge ice cream in preventing chemotherapy-induced diarrhoea. Supportive Care in Cancer, 23(11), 3307-3315. doi: 10.1007/s00520-015-2755-0
Journal - Research Article
Parkin, L., Sharples, K., Hernandez, R. K., & Jick, S. S. (2011). Risk of venous thromboembolism in users of oral contraceptives containing drospirenone or levonorgestrel: Nested case-control study based on UK General Practice Research Database. BMJ, 342, d2139. doi: 10.1136/bmj.d2139
Journal - Research Article
Broom, R. J., Hinder, V., Sharples, K., Proctor, J., Duffey, S., Pollard, S., … Findlay, M. P. N. (2015). Everolimus and zoledronic acid in patients with renal cell carcinoma with bone metastases: A randomized first-line phase II trial. Clinical Genitourinary Cancer, 13(1), 50-58. doi: 10.1016/j.clgc.2014.07.002
Journal - Research Article
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