Dr Chao Huang

Senior Lecturer in Statistics

Role at Hull York Medical School

As a Senior Lecturer in Statistics at the Hull York Medical School, Dr. Chao Huang works on statistical methodologies in the design, conduct, analysis, and reporting trials and other well-designed studies. His personal research interests arise in the development of statistical methodology in various research fields, particularly when it applies to clinical and medical science. This includes longitudinal data analysis, missing data issues and informative observations, survival analysis, joint modelling approach and variable selection.


Dr. Chao Huang obtained his PhD in Statistics from the University of Manchester in 2010 and then he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in medical statistics during the following year. From 2012, he started his role as a Trial Statistician at the South East Wales Trial Unit, Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University. From October 2017, he became a Senior Lecturer in Statistics at the Hull York Medical School, University of Hull.


  • PhD in Statistics, University of Manchester, UK (2010)
  • MSc in Probability and Mathematical Statistics, Nankai University, China (2006)
  • BSc in Mathematical Statistics, Nankai University, China (2003)

Professional Memberships/Affiliations

  • Chartered Statistician (CStat), Royal Statistical Society (RSS)
  • Member, International Biometrics Society (IBS)

Current research projects include:

  • Paediatric early warning system (PEWS): Utilisation and Mortality Avoidance. (The PUMA Study; funded by NIHR HS&DR; Co Cis: Dr. Colin Powell and Prof. Davina Allen).
  • Biomarker-guided duration of Antibiotic Treatment in Children Hospitalised with confirmed or suspected bacterial infection (The BATCH Trial; funded by NIHR HTA; CI: Prof. Enitan Carroll).

Chao Huang supports Hull York Medical School to provide teaching in statistics and evidence based medicine to clinicians in the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.



Daniel Farewell, Chao Huang and Vanessa Didelez. Ignorability for general longitudinal data. Biometrika. DOI:10.1093/biomet/asx020. In press.

Chao Huang, Daniel Farewell, Jianxin Pan. A calibration method for non-positive definite covariance matrix in multivariate data analysis. Journal of Multivariate Analysis. DOI:10.1016/j.jmva.2017.03.001. In press.

Nick A Francis, Matthew J Ridd, Emma Thomas-Jones, Christopher C Butler, Kerenza Hood, Victoria Shepherd, Charis A Marwick, Chao Huang, Mirella Longo, Mandy Wootton, Frank Sullivan. Oral and topical antibiotics for clinically infected eczema in children: a pragmatic randomized controlled trial in ambulatory care. Annals of Family Medicine. 15(2):124-130. doi:10.1370/afm.2038.

Simon C Moore, M Fasihul Alam, Marjukka Heikkinen, Kerenza Hood, Chao Huang,  Laurence Moore, Simon Murphy, Rebecca Playle, Jonathan Shepherd, Claire Shovelton, Vaseekaran Sivarajasingam, Anne Williams. The Effectiveness and Cost Effectiveness of an Intervention to Reduce Alcohol-Related Violence in Premises Licensed for the On-site Sale and Consumption of Alcohol: A Randomised Controlled Trial. Addiction. In press.


Robert Jones, et al. TOUCAN: A randomised phase II trial of carboplatin and gemcitabine plus /- vandetanib in first line treatment of advanced urothelial cell cancer in patients who are not suitable to receive cisplatin. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 34(2):448

Jeremy Segrott, Heather Rothwell, Ilaria Pignatelli, Rebecca Playle, Gillian Hewitt, Chao Huang, Simon Murphy, Matthew Hickman, Hayley Reed, Laurence Moore. "Exploratory trial of a school-based alcohol prevention intervention with a family component: Implications for implementation", Health Education, Vol. 116 Issue: 4, pp.410 - 431

Francis NA, Ridd MJ, Thomas-Jones E, Shepherd V, Butler CC, Hood K, Huang C, Addison K, Longo M, Marwick C, Wootton M, Howe R, Roberts A, Inaam-ul Haq M, Madhok V, Sullivan F. A randomised placebo controlled trial of oral and topical antibiotics for children with clinically infected eczema in the community: the Children with Eczema, Antibiotic Management (CREAM) Study. HTA journal series. Volume 20, issue 19, 2016.


Segrott J, Rothwell H, Hewitt G, Playle R, Huang C, Murphy S, Moore L, Hickman M, Reed H. Preventing alcohol misuse in young people: an exploratory cluster randomised controlled trial of the Kids, Adults Together (KAT) programme. Public Health Research, No. 3.15, 2015.

Moore SC, Alam MF, Cohen D, Hood K, Huang C, Murphy S, Playle R, Moore L, Shepherd J, Sivarajasingam V, Spasic I, Stanton H, Williams A. All-Wales Licensed Premises Intervention (AWLPI): a randomised controlled trial of an intervention to reduce alcohol-related violence. Public Health Research, Volume 3, 10 2015


Jianxin Pan, Chao Huang. Random Effects Selection in Generalized Linear Mixed Models via Shrinkage Penalty Function. Statistics and Computing. 24(5): 725–738.

Mehta G, Chander A, Huang C, Kelly M, Fielding P. Feasibility study of FDG PET/CT derived primary tumour glycolysis as a prognostic indicator of survival in patients with non small cell lung cancer. Clinical Radiology 2014; 69:268-74.

Moore SC, O'Brein CE, Alam MF, Cohen D, Hood K, Huang C, Moore L, Murphy S, Playle R, Sivarajasingam V, Spasic I, Williams A, Shepherd J. All-Wales licensed premises intervention (AWLPI): a randomised controlled trial to reduce alcohol-related violence. Bmc Public Health 2014; 14: 21.


Huang C, Lin DKJ, Liu MQ. An optimality criterion for supersaturated designs with quantitative factors. Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference 2012; 142: 1780-1788.