Professor Deborah Ashby, currently Interim Head of the School of Public Health and Chair in Medical Statistics and Clinical Trials, has accepted appointment as Director of the School of Public Health with effect from 1 July 2018, for an initial period of 5 years.
Professor Ashby joined the College in 2008, and since then she has occupied a number of leadership positions, including Co-Director of the Imperial Clinical Trials Unit.
Her research focuses on clinical trials, risk-benefit decision making for medicines, and the utility of Bayesian approaches in these areas. Professor Ashby was awarded an OBE for services to medicine in 2009 and was appointed an NIHR Senior Investigator in 2010. She was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2012 and is President-Elect of the Royal Statistical Society.