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Dr Rebecca Cannings-John

Dr Rebecca Cannings-John

Senior Research Fellow - Statistics

+44 (0)29 2068 7248
412, 4th Floor, Neuadd Meirionnydd, Heath Park
Welsh speaking
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a Research Fellow at the Centre for Trials Research in Cardiff University.

My background is in Medical Statistics. I have extensive expertise in the design, conduct, analysis, and reporting of randomised trials and other well-designed studies. My research to date is focussed on the areas of child and maternal health, and also surrounding the use of antibiotics in primary care. I completed my PhD in 2013 on "Examining the inter-relationships between antibiotic prescribing, complications and resistance in acute respiratory tract infections".

I have methodological expertise in the use of routinely collected data/data linkage especially in the use of electronic routine data to support clinical trials. I am currently Lead Investigator for the evaluation of the Family Nurse Partnership Programme in Scotland.


Education and qualifications:

2006 - 2013: Cardiff University: PhD Examining the inter-relationship between antibiotic prescribing, complications and resistance in acute respiratory tract infections.

1996 - 1997: Southampton University: MSc. Statistics with Applications in Medicine. Dissertation “Time Trends in Cancer Mortality in England and Wales 1950-94”.

1993 - 1996: University of Wales College Cardiff: BSc.(hons) Pure Mathematics – Upper 2nd class honours

Career overview: 

Jan 2011 – present: Research Fellow in Statistics, Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University

Jan 2006 – Mar 13: PhD Fellowship, Centre for Health Sciences Research, Cardiff University

Oct 2002 – Jan 06: Statistician, Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Cardiff University

Apr 2001 – Oct 02: Assistant Statistician, Local Government Data Unit – Wales, Cardiff.

Jan 1999 - Apr 01:  Statistician, Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit and Wales Cancer Trials Network


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I am interested in supervising PhD students in the area of :

  • maternal and child health
  • infections and antibiotic prescribing
  • people experiencing homelessness
  • routine data

Past projects

Past PhD supervisor:

  • Co supervisor for Dunla Cassidy - Healthy Eating and Lifestyle in Pregnancy (HELP) Study: Two year follow-up (awarded 2018)
  • Co-supervisor for Gwenllian Moody - MINIMAL: Measuring child Maltreatment in community-based trials (awarded 2019)
  • Co-supervisor for Julia Townson - Primary care involvement during the prodrome of type 1 diabetes in childhood: a case-control study using record linkage (awarded 2020)

Past Masters in Health Care Sciences co-supervisor:

  • Hearing loss and quality of life in children with otitis media with effusion (OME)

Past BSc intercalated in clinical epidemiology co-supervisor:

  • Prevalence, management and prognosis of individuals with resolved asthma (awarded 2020)
  • Risk factors for UTIs in children diagnosed in general practice (awarded 2019)
  • Care for coughs and colds module (awarded 2019)
  • Predictors of acceptable hearing return in children with OME: secondary analysis from a randomised controlled trial (awarded 2018)
  • The influence of demographic and social factors on infant feeding practices amongst teenage mothers in England - an observational study (awarded 2017)
  • Impact of the Family Nurse Partnership and other factors on infections in infants born to teenage mothers, presenting in both a General Practice and hospital setting (awarded 2016)