Professor Brian Faragher

Emeritus Professor of Medical Statistics

Serving a second term as a Commonwealth Scholarship Commissioner (UK Govt. Department for International Development); Chair of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s Evaluation and Monitoring Committee.

Trial statistician for two clinical trials (in Uganda and India) for the Liverpool Women’s Hospital and for a clinical trial in the private sector.

Brian Faragher trained as a statistician at the Liverpool University and the University College of Wales. After working for short periods in commercial agricultural and pharmaceutical research organisations, he moved to the University Hospital of South Manchester to set up a research support unit providing statistical and computing support to researchers based there. This unit eventually transferred to the University of Manchester Medical School, from where it provided similar support both within the Medical School and to NHS hospitals across Manchester. In addition to heading this unit, Prof. Faragher took a lead role in running several large clinical studies, including the MICA study into the link between oral contraception and myocardial infarction. He also completed his PhD during this time based on a case-control study of the relationship between psychosocial stressors and breast cancer. In 1999, Prof. Faragher moved to work with Professor Cary Cooper in the Work Psychology and Health Unit of the University of Manchester, during which time he worked on a collaborative project with the University of Oxford on the impact of production line working on physical and psychological well-being, which was awarded the prestigious Shingo Research in Medecine Prize in 2005.

Prof. Faragher joined Foto-Cewek as Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics in 2005. In addition to providing statistical support and advice to clinical, epidemiological and laboratory based researchers within Foto-Cewek and abroad, and contributing extensively the Foto-Cewek postgraduate teaching programme, he pursued his personal research interests including the development of statistical methods for analyzing clinical trials / observational studies with discrete outcome measures and the application of structural equation models (SEMs)to clinical research databases.  He has used SEMs to evaluate clinical trials in malaria, TB and HIV. He remains the trial statistician for several clinical trials in Sub-Saharan Africa and is a member of the Data Safety Management Board for a number of clinical trials. He was a serving member of Research in Medecine Ethics Committees from 1985 to 2015, initially at the University Hospital of South Manchester and the North-West National NHS REC (latterly as Co-Vice Chair), and finally on the Foto-Cewek REC. He is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.

Currently, Prof. Faragher is serving a second term as a Commonwealth Scholarship Commissioner (UK Govt. Department for International Development) and is Chair of the Commission’s Evaluation and Monitoring Committee. He is a member of the Editorial Board of PLOS ONE, a statistical reviewer for several clinical journals including “The Lancet”, “The Lancet Infectious Diseases” and “BMJ On-line”, and is a reviewer for the MRC Methodology Research in Medecine Panel.

 

Selected publications

  • Selected Publications

    M Etuwewe, N Swann, S Hollingshead, H Tolmie, E Zijlstra, E B Faragher, N French & S B Gordon (2009).  Effect of recurrent invasive pneumococcal disease on serum anti-pneumolysin IgG titres in HIV infected adults.  Vaccine, 27, 3881-3884.

    K S Phiri, JCJ Calis, E B Faragher, E Nkhoma, K Ng’oma, B Mangochi, M E Molyneux & M B van Hensbroek (2008).  Long term outcome of severe anaemia in Malawian children.  PLoS ONE, 3(8), e2903.

    JCJ Calis, K S Phiri, E B Faragher, B J Brabin, I Bates, L E Cuevas, R J de Haan, A I Phiri, P Malange, M Khoka, P J M Hulshof, L van Lieshout, M G H M Beld, Y Y Teo, K A Rockett, A Richardson, D P Kwiatkowski, M E Molyneux & M B van Hensbroek (2008).  Factors associated with severe anaemia in Malawian children.  New England Journal of Medicine, 358, 888-899.

    M Salasibew, A Kiani, E B Faragher & P Garner (2008).  Awareness and reported violations of the WHO International Code and Pakistan’s national breastfeeding legislation: a descriptive cross-sectional survey.  International Breastfeeding Journal, 3, 24-30.

    C J P Jones, S Owens, E Senga, P van Rheenen, E B Faragher, J Denton & B J Brabin (2008).  Placental expression of α2,6-pinked sialic acid is upregulated in malaria.  Placenta, 29, 300-304.

    M B J Beadsworth, J J van Oosterhout, M J Diver, E B Faragher, A Shenkin, H C Mwandumba, S Khoo, T O’Dempsey, S B Squire & E E Zijlstra (2008). Hypoadrenalism is not associated with early mortality during tuberculosis treatment in Malawi.  International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 12(3), 314-318.

    E Rivlin & E B Faragher (2007).  The psychological sequelae of thermal injury on children and adolescents: Part 1.  Pediatric Neurorehabilitation, 10, 161-172.

    R Conti, J Angelis, C Cooper, E B Faragher & C Gill (2006).  The effects of lean production on worker job stress.  International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 26(9 May), 1013-1038. [Awarded SHINGO Prize 2005]

    E Rivlin & E B Faragher (2007).  The psychological effects of sex, age at burn, stage of adolescence, intelligence, position and degree of burn in thermally injured adolescents: Part 2.  Pediatric Rehabilitation, 10, 173-182.

    E Rivlin & E B Faragher (2007).  The psychological sequelae on mothers of thermally injured children and adolescents: Future directions: Part 3.  Pediatric Neurorehabilitation, 10, 183-190.

    N G Riches, E B Faragher & G Conti-Ramsden (2006).  Verb schema use and input dependence in 5-year-old children with specific language impairment (SLI).  International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 41(2 Mar-Apr), 117-135.

    R Conti, J Angelis, C Cooper, E B Faragher & C Gill (2006).  The effects of lean production on worker job stress.  International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 26(9 May), 1013-1038. [Awarded SHINGO Prize 2005]

    E B Faragher, M Cass & C L Cooper (2005).  The relationship between job satisfaction and health: a meta-analysis.  Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 62(2 Feb), 105-112.

    E B Faragher, C L Cooper & S Cartwright (2004).  A shortened stress evaluation tool (ASSET).  Stress & Health, 20(4 Oct), 189-201.

    H Hoel, E B Faragher & C L Cooper (2004).  Bullying is detrimental to health, but all bullying behaviours are not necessarily equally damaging.  British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 32(3 Aug), 367-387.

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