Professor Robert Hills
Professor of Medical Statistics
Robert Hills studied mathematics at the University of Oxford, where his DPhil was on exploration of symmetries with applications to superconductivity. He joined the CTSU in 1993 as a programmer on the QUASAR trial in colorectal cancer. Following a brief period working in low temperature physics at the University of Nottingham, he moved to the University of Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU) in 1997.There, he worked on clinical trials in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, Alzheimer’s Disease, women’s health and many others as well as large scale individual patient data meta-analyses of treatment for colorectal cancer.
In 2006, he moved to Cardiff University as statistical lead for the NCRI/MRC trials in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. During his 12 years in Cardiff he was head of the Haematology Clinical Trials Unit, and latterly led on clinical cancer research methodology and haematological malignancies. The novel designs used in these trials allow the clinical value of disease monitoring to be evaluated, as well as numerous targeted therapies in designs that allow for an early change from an unpromising new therapy to one with greater potential. Additionally, he continued his work on the integration of laboratory and clinical data, and on individual patient data meta-analyses, where he demonstrated a survival benefit for gentuzumab ozogamicin in AML.
In 2018, he moved back to the University of Oxford where he is part of the Early Breast Cancer Trialists' Collaborative Group.
Evaluating sixty years of UK trials research in acute myeloid leukaemia: lessons for trial design, past, present and future.
Hills RK., (2020), Br J Haematol, 188, 29 - 35
Twenty five years of UK trials in acute myeloid leukaemia: what have we learned?
Burnett AK. et al, (2020), Br J Haematol, 188, 86 - 100
Increased frequency of CD4+ PD-1+ HLA-DR+ T cells is associated with disease progression in CLL.
Elston L. et al, (2019), Br J Haematol
Analysis of the clinical impact of NPM1 mutant allele burden in a large cohort of younger adult patients with acute myeloid leukaemia.
Linch DC. et al, (2019), Br J Haematol
Cohesin-dependent regulation of gene expression during differentiation is lost in Cohesin-mutated myeloid malignancies.
Sasca D. et al, (2019), Blood