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    mdsmith@lincoln.ac.uk
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    Brayford Pool
    Lincoln
    Lincolnshire
    LN6 7TS
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    Dr Murray Smith

    Research Fellow in Health Economics and Econometrics

    School of Health and Social Care
    College of Social Science

    About Murray Smith

    I am an econometrician with a wide range of research interests that include microeconometric modelling, health informatics, health economic modelling, mathematical statistics and computer algebra. I am very much interested in the development of statistical methodology for the modelling of variables associated with health and health-related behaviours, involving especially the use of dependence structures as encapsulated by copulas of statistical distributions. Other, recent research effort, has focussed on the quality of use of pharmaceutical medicines in chronic disease, with analyses that utilise prescribing data drawn from large database general practice patient records. Influential in developing these interests was my time spent as a student at Monash University (Australia) where, in 1983, I gained a first class honours degree in Economics majoring in econometrics and operations research. By 1987 I had gained my PhD having studied aspects of exact finite-sample econometric theory under the supervision of Grant Hillier.
    My first academic appointment was as a lecturer in the School of Economics at the University of New South Wales, and my second, spanning almost 20 years of service, was at the University of Sydney where I rose to the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics. I then moved from Australia to the UK where I held the posts of Senior Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen in their Health Economics Research Unit from 2007-9, and Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham in their School of Pharmacy from 2010-16. Concurrent with the latter, from September 2010 I served on the NICE Technology Appraisal Committee where I was involved in decisions over adoption of medicines into the NHS in England and Wales. On April 4, 2016, I took up my current position at the University of Lincoln: Research Fellow in the College of Social Science.
    I have held a number of visiting research positions including: the University of East Anglia in 1993 where I was a Leverhulme Trust visiting research fellow in the Department of Economics; the University of Munich (Institute for Statistics) in 1998-9; the University of Dortmund (Institute for Economics and Social Statistics) in 2001; the University of York (Department of Economics) in 2006. My visits to Germany were made possible through sponsorship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

    Department Responsibilities

    Research; research grant development

    Subject Specialism

    Health economics and econometrics

    Qualifications

    • PhD — Monash University, 1987
    • BEc(hons) — Monash University, 1983

    Awards

    • Best Software Contribution — CompStat (Berlin) MDTech Prize, 2002
    • Best ASA Joint Statistical Meeting Presentation Award — American Statistical Association, Section on Statistical Computing, 2000
    • Visiting Research Fellowship — Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 1998
    • Exchange fellowship with the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences — Australian Academies, 1993
    • Research Fellowship — Leverhulme Trust, 1993
    • Australian Government Commonwealth Postgraduate Research Award — Australian government, 1983

    Research Interests

    Research Group Memberships

    Research Projects

    • Assessment of the feasibility and clinical value of further research to evaluate the management options for children with Down syndrome and otitis media with effusion: a feasibility study — Awarded £140,385 by NIHR HTA in 2012
    • Helicobacter eradication to prevent ulcer bleeding in aspirin users: a large simple randomised controlled trial (HEAT) — Awarded £2,291,812 by NIHR HTA in 2012
    • Multisite implementation of trained volunteer doula support for disadvantaged childbearing women: a mixed-methods evaluation — Awarded £356,566 by NIHR HS&DR; in 2011
    • Improving the effectiveness and reach of NHS support for smoking cessation in pregnancy — Awarded £1,920,956 by NIHR PGfAR in 2010
    • Economic appraisal of the choice and targeting of lifestyle interventions to prevent disease in deprived populations — Awarded £261,319 by MRC NPRI Phase 2 in 2008

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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