Nicola Barclay, PhD

University of Oxford, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS)


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“I am an experienced data scientist with expertise in the use of big data, including that from primary care and other registries, to answer questions relating to the aetiology and trajectories of various diseases, including cancer. I am delighted to be working on the WAYFIND-R project, which is a fantastic resource for researchers to address novel questions in oncology using this rich data source.”


Dr. Nicola Barclay is a motivated and skilled health data scientist/epidemiologist, with expertise in epidemiology, healthcare, genetics, oncology, research design, data analytics and scientific communication. Nicola has experience in the planning and programming of analytical packages to study the descriptive epidemiology, burden and safety of various therapies for various conditions, primarily cancer, osteoporosis and COVID-19, among others, in national and international real world data from electronic health records in primary care and registries. Nicola also has more extensive research skills in the design and collection of primary research data in the healthcare domain. This work has been both within academia and independent consulting in industry. Nicola has published over 50 peer-reviewed research articles, in the fields of oncology, mental health, sleep medicine and circadian science. Nicola has extensive experience developing and teaching courses on research methods and statistics to clinicians; and training junior data scientists in leveraging big data within the healthcare domain. Nicola’s doctoral research used statistical genetic techniques, structured equation modelling and multi-level modelling to understand heritability of sleep and circadian phenotypes. She also has a Professional Certificate in Data Science, focusing on R and SQL, and extensive experience working with Real World Data mapped to the OMOP Common Data Model.