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José M. Ordóñez-Mena

MSc, Dr. sc. hum.

Medical Statistician


Research Associate, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, 2016-

Research Assistant, Division of Clinical Epidemiology and Aging Research, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany, 2012-2015

PhD Epidemiology, Medical Faculty, University of Heidelberg, Germany, 2012-2016

MSc Nutrition and Health, Division of Human Nutrition, University of Wageningen, the Netherlands, 2010-2012

BSc Physical Activity and Sports Sciences, Sports Faculty, University Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla, Spain, 2004-2010


My background is aging, cancer, nutritional and clinical epidemiology. Most of my previous research has been around the influence of vitamin D in the development and prognosis of cancer in older adults. I am very experienced in the analysis of large cohort studies, systematic reviews, traditional and individual participant data meta-analysis.

More recently my focus has been on diagnostic accuracy studies, diagnostic meta-analysis and network meta-analysis. Most of my current research projects have something to do with biomarkers/tests of inflammation and with infectious diseases.

At the moment I collaborate with the NIHR Community Healthcare MedTech and In vitro Diagnostics Co-operative (formerly known as the NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative), the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC). I am also the statistician for the OxValve and OxRen cohort studies funded by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).


I am involved in the teaching of medical statistics to undergraduate medical students and postgraduate students in the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care. I teach a session on Introduction to Meta-Analysis in R in the Meta-Analysis module. I am also co coordinator of the MSc module Introduction to Study Design and Research Methods.