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Dr Graeme Hickey (MMath (Hons), PhD) - personal details

Contact details

Dr Graeme Hickey

Role: Biostatistician

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 7875


Northwest Institute for Bio-Health Informatics (NIBHI)
Room 1.309
University of Manchester
Jean McFarlane Building
University Place (East)
Oxford Road
M13 9PL




Graeme is an applied statistician with interests in ecological and biological applications.

As an undergraduate student, Graeme studied Mathematics at Durham University for 4 years. After spending 6 weeks at Oxford University as part of a studentship, he returned to Durham University to take up a PhD researching Statistical Ecotoxicological Risk Assessment, focusing on recent developments in species sensitivity distributions and predicted no-effect concentrations. During his PhD he became interested in risk communication through his secondary PhD supervisor, Dr Andy Hart (The Food and Environment Research Agency), and spent two weeks at Bristol University with Dr Jonty Rougier as part of the NERC funded SAPPUR (Scoping Study on the Analysis, Propagation and Communication of Probability, Uncertainty and Risk) project.

This was immediately followed by an industry-funded post-doctoral position at Durham University evaluating recent ecotoxicological risk assessment proposals and developing new models which met REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of CHemicals) standards. Graeme is now pursuing a research position in biostatistics at the Northwest Institute for BioHealth Informatics, Manchester University.

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

  • Royal Statistical Society, Fellow (GradStat), 2007–Present.
  • Society of Toxicology and Environmental Chemistry, 2009–2012.
  • The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Student Fellow, 2006–2007.


  • PhD. Statistics. Department of Mathematical Sciences, Durham University.
  • MMath (Hons). Mathematics (4 year). Durham University.


Graeme is a biostatistician in the Northwest Institute of Bio-Health Informatics. He works mainly in the field of academic cardiovascular surgery; in partiuclar his roles include:

  • Governance analysis for the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons in Great Britain & Ireland (SCTS) - a fundamental component of the GMC specialist revalidation programme.
  • Analyses for the National Adult Cardiac Database Report (The Blue Book'), published by the SCTS and Dendrite Clinical Systems.
  • Analysis for the National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit annual report for England and Wales, published by the National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (UCL).
  • Healthcare outcomes research and clinical hypothesis testing.
  • Statistical consultancy for members of the SCTS involved in projects analysing national data.

Graeme also collaborates with the Academic Surgery Unit, University Hospital of South Manchester, analysis data specific to vascular surgery for acute abdomial aortas.

Since 2012, Graeme has been an Assistant Editor (Statistical Consultant) of the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery