Gillian Lancaster, Editor-in-Chief
Gillian Lancaster is Professor of Medical Statistics at the Institute of Primary Care and Health Sciences, Keele University. She has been engaged in many multidisciplinary clinical investigations over the past 25 years, most notably the Working Group that developed the CONSORT extension guideline for reporting pilot and feasibility trials. Her research scopes many medical and social issues, with a specific interest in methodology for developing Patient Reported Outcome Measures and assessment tools for use on children and young people. More broadly she has served on a wide range of research review, pediatric ethics, funding, data monitoring and trial steering committees, has sat on the Council of the Royal Statistical Society and has been Associate Editor for the RSS Journal Series A: Statistics in Society.
"Piloting new interventions for use in definitive randomised controlled trials and ensuring that the methodological approach taken in the main trial is robust and feasible, are important parts of the development process. Pilot and feasibility studies encompass all aspects of the design process, and whilst this work is crucial to the success of a trial such studies seldom reach publication for a variety of reasons. Having an open access journal dedicated to supporting this type of work is long overdue."