Professor Gordon Murray gained a mathematics degree at Trinity College Cambridge and a Diploma in Mathematical Statistics before going to Glasgow to study for a PhD in Medical Statistics. The PhD project involved collaboration with colleagues at the Department of Neurosurgery at Glasgow, where he has had long-standing research collaborations in projects in head injury and stroke. His main research interests are in clinical trial methodology.
He is a member of the steering committees or data monitoring committees of multi-centre clinical trials in areas including cerebrovascular disease, cardiovascular disease, mental health, cancer and musculo-skeletal disorders. He is involved in work both on trials funded by the major research charities and government bodies and also on trials funded by the pharmaceutical industry.
He has considerable experience of teaching research methodology, and has a long-standing interest in promoting good research practice. He was a member of the panel of the 1999 Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh consensus conference on research misconduct which called for the establishment of a UK body of oversee research integrity.
In his current position as Emeritus Professor of Medical Statistics at the University of Edinburgh, he is based in the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics.