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Liz Nathan

Liz Nathan - Biostatistician

Liz Nathan

  • Liz is a biostatistician at the Biostatistics and Research Design Unit, Women and Infants Research Foundation (WIRF) and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia’s Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, based at King Edward Memorial Hospital.
    She graduated from Murdoch University with a Mathematics and Statistics degree in 2004, during which she received the Vice Chancellors Award for Academic Excellence.  Pursuing an interest in healthcare after a previous career in nursing, she gained employment at WIRF as a biostatistician in 2005 and went on to complete a Master’s degree in Biostatistics through the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia at the University of Sydney in 2015.

    In her role at WIRF, Liz collaborates on a wide range of research projects in the fields of obstetrics, neonatology, anaesthetics and paediatrics, and provides statistical advice and tutoring to medical students, nurses and allied hospital staff.
  • Liz is a valuable contributor to all stages in the progression of a research project, from the design and analysis to the writing and review of manuscripts and reports, which improves the statistical integrity and quality of research work supported by the Biostatistics and Research Design Unit.

    She is experienced in utilising a broad range of statistical methodologies to a variety of health care projects, including standard regression techniques used in many healthcare applications, linear mixed modelling in the evaluation of drugs to block inflammation-driven preterm birth and decision analytic methods to model pregnancies in simulated cohorts of different obstetric populations. 
    • Outcomes in planned homebirth in WA
    • Pregabalin for treatment of post-dural puncture headache
    • Neurodevelopmental outcomes after exposure to early life inflammation
    • Long term morbidities of neonatal congenital diaphragmatic hernia patients in WA
    • Introduction of umbilical lactate sampling and neonatal outcomes in a developing world setting
    • Bachelor of Science (Mathematics and Statistics), Murdoch University, Western Australia, 2004
    • Master of Biostatistics, University of Sydney, 2015
    1. Ireland DJ, Nathan EA, Li S, Charles AK, Stinson LF, Kemp MW, Newnham JP, Keelan JA. Preclinical evaluation of drugs to block inflammation-driven preterm birth. Innate Immun. 2017;23(1):20-33.
    2. McDonnell NJ, Paech MJ, Muchatuta NA, Hillyard S, Nathan EA. A randomised double-blind trial of phenylephrine and metaraminol infusions for prevention of hypotension during spinal and combined spinal-epidural anaesthesia for elective caesarean section. Anaesthesia. 2017;72(5):609-617.
    3. McLeod G, Sherriff J, Hartmann PE, Nathan E, Geddes D, Simmer K. Comparing different methods of human breast milk fortification using measured v. assumed macronutrient composition to target reference growth: a randomised controlled trial. Br J Nutr. 2016;115(3):431-9.
    4. Walls ML, Hunter T, Ryan JP, Keelan JA, Nathan E, Hart RJ. In vitro maturation as an alternative to standard in vitro fertilization for patients diagnosed with  polycystic ovaries: a comparative analysis of fresh, frozen and cumulative cycle  outcomes. Hum Reprod. 2015;30(1):88-96.
    5. Paech M, Sng B, Ng L, Nathan E, Sia A, Carvalho B. Methylnaltrexone to prevent intrathecal morphine-induced pruritus after Caesarean delivery: a multicentre, randomized clinical trial. Br J Anaesth. 2015;114(3):469-76.
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