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Anneke Grobler worked for 6 years as a statistician, and eventually group manager, for a Contract Research Organisation. In this position she obtained significant experience in analysing data using SAS® and designing clinical trials and data collection forms in various clinical areas; including oncology, central nervous system disorders and trauma. She has been working for 12 years as a statistician at an HIV/AIDS research organisation (CAPRISA), where she was the head of the statistics and data management departments. In this capacity she has been involved in study design, manuscript writing, protocol writing, grant application, analysis of randomised clinical trials and epidemiological data and database set-up and management as well as the management of about 13 staff members. She was an evaluator for the clinical trials committee of the Medicines Control Council in South Africa (similar to the FDA in America) and is a current member of the Drug Trials Subcommittee of the ethics committee at the RCH. Currently she works as a statistician at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) at the Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit (CEBU) and the University of Melbourne. Her role is to support clinical trials and observational studies carried out within the MCRI as well as at the RCH in Melbourne. She plays a major part in the design, planning, and statistical analysis for a range of clinical trials, including studies in Public Health, Health Services and Education. She is a member of the Melbourne Children's Trials Centre (MCTC). Her role includes statistical consultancy and providing training in clinical research, as well as mentoring PhD students and team members of the study teams she is part of. She also works with the Child Health CheckPoint wave of the Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) longitudinal cohort. She obtained a PhD in statistics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2014 with Geert Molenberghs from Belgium as a co-supervisor. She also holds a Master's degree in Biostatistics from Columbia University in the City of New York. She has published 52 papers in peer reviewed journals such as Lancet, Lancet HIV, New England Journal of Medicine, Science.


  • –present
    Statistician, Murdoch Children's Research Institute