Dr Nicole De La Mata

Biostatistician
School of Public Health

Telephone 02 9036 5459

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Biographical details

Nicole De La Mata is an early career researcher and biostatistician working with Sydney School of Public Health. She has previous experience in managing and utilizing large observational cohorts to evaluate patient outcomes and influence health policy. Her interests include cohort studies, data linkage and survival analysis.

Her current research focuses on health outcomes in people with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), living kidney donors and organ transplant recipients. In people with ESKD, our research aims to evaluate the main causes of death and changes over the last 30 years, with a particular focus on the burden of cardiovascular disease and cancers. Similarly, our focus in living kidney donors is to evaluate mortality and make comparisons to the general population.

Nicole is also involved in the SAFE-BOD study, partnered with the NSW Ministry of Health, to evaluate and develop better estimates of transmission events between organ donors and recipients in NSW. Our research has shown that while the number of organ donor referrals has drastically increased in the past decade, this has not been matched with actual organ donors. Inadvertent transmission of infectious diseases or cancers is a central concern in transplant programs and leads to the rejection of many potential organ donors every year. Our work in SAFE-BOD aims to verify the risk of these transmissions in infectious diseases and cancers between organ donors and recipients in NSW.

Research interests

Nicole has a particular interest in statistical methods evaluating survival. This includes survival models using competing events as well as making comparisons of survival between populations, such as modelling relative survival or excess mortality.

Teaching and supervision

Would you like to be involved in analyzing data and contributing to research studies?

Nicole can provide supervision for Honors, Masters and PhD students as well as offering short-term research training opportunities for people wishing to undertake research relating to ESKD or organ transplantation. These opportunities are flexible and able to fit around other work or study commitments.

To apply

Please email a cover letter explaining why you’d like to be involved in this research along with your CV and academic transcript to Nicole (nicole.delamata@sydney.edu.au). You will be selected based on your motivation, academic merit and capabilities.

Current projects

  • Cause of dEath for Living kidney donors and people with End Stage kidney disease (ESKD) in Australia and New Zealand: A data linkage study 1980-2014 (the CELESTIAL study)
  • Safety and biovigilance in organ donation in NSW, Australia (the SAFE-BOD study)
  • Organ donor risk profile in NSW over time (the ORCHARD study)
  • Relative survival from cancer in Kidney Transplant recipients and people with End-stage kidney disease in Australia and New Zealand (the ReSKiTE study)

Associations

  • The Statistical Society of Australia (SSAI)
  • The Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ)
  • The Transplantation Society (TTS)
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN)

Selected grants

2018

  • International Transplantation Conference; De La Mata N; School of Public Health/Academic Development Scheme.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Martinez-Vega, R., De La Mata, N., Kumarasamy, N., Ly, P., Nguyen, K., Merati, T., Pham, T., Lee, M., Choi, J., Ross, J., et al (2018). Durability of antiretroviral therapy regimens and determinants for change in HIV-1-infected patients in the TREAT Asia HIV Observational Database (TAHOD-LITE). Antiviral Therapy, 23, 167-178. [More Information]
  • Anderegg, N., Panayidou, K., Abo, Y., Alejos, B., Althof, K., Anastos, K., Antinori, A., Balestre, E., Becquet, R., Castagna, A., et al (2018). Global Trends in CD4 Cell Count at the Start of Antiretroviral Therapy: Collaborative Study of Treatment Programs. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 66(6), 893-903. [More Information]
  • De La Mata, N., Ahn, M., Kumarasamy, N., Ly, P., Ng, O., Nguyen, K., Merati, T., Pham, T., Lee, M., Durier, N., et al (2017). A pseudo-random patient sampling method evaluated. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 81, 129-139. [More Information]
  • Mulhall, B., Wright, S., De La Mata, N., Allen, D., Brown, K., Dickson, B., Grotowski, M., Jackson, E., Petoumenos, K., Foster, R., et al (2016). Risk factors associated with incident sexually transmitted infections in HIV-positive patients in the Australian HIV Observational Database: a prospective cohort study. HIV Medicine, 17(8), 623-630. [More Information]
  • De La Mata, N., Cooper, D., Russell, D., Smith, D., Woolley, I., Sullivan, M., Wright, S., Law, M. (2016). Treatment durability and virological response in treatment-experienced HIV-positive patients on an integrase inhibitor-based regimen: an Australian cohort study. Sexual Health, 13(4), 335-344. [More Information]
  • De La Mata, N., Mao, L., de Wit, J., Smith, D., Holt, M., Prestage, G., Wilson, D., Petoumenos, K. (2015). Estimating antiretroviral treatment coverage rates and viral suppression rates for homosexual men in Australia. Sexual Health, 12(5), 453-457. [More Information]

2018

  • Martinez-Vega, R., De La Mata, N., Kumarasamy, N., Ly, P., Nguyen, K., Merati, T., Pham, T., Lee, M., Choi, J., Ross, J., et al (2018). Durability of antiretroviral therapy regimens and determinants for change in HIV-1-infected patients in the TREAT Asia HIV Observational Database (TAHOD-LITE). Antiviral Therapy, 23, 167-178. [More Information]
  • Anderegg, N., Panayidou, K., Abo, Y., Alejos, B., Althof, K., Anastos, K., Antinori, A., Balestre, E., Becquet, R., Castagna, A., et al (2018). Global Trends in CD4 Cell Count at the Start of Antiretroviral Therapy: Collaborative Study of Treatment Programs. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 66(6), 893-903. [More Information]

2017

  • De La Mata, N., Ahn, M., Kumarasamy, N., Ly, P., Ng, O., Nguyen, K., Merati, T., Pham, T., Lee, M., Durier, N., et al (2017). A pseudo-random patient sampling method evaluated. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 81, 129-139. [More Information]

2016

  • Mulhall, B., Wright, S., De La Mata, N., Allen, D., Brown, K., Dickson, B., Grotowski, M., Jackson, E., Petoumenos, K., Foster, R., et al (2016). Risk factors associated with incident sexually transmitted infections in HIV-positive patients in the Australian HIV Observational Database: a prospective cohort study. HIV Medicine, 17(8), 623-630. [More Information]
  • De La Mata, N., Cooper, D., Russell, D., Smith, D., Woolley, I., Sullivan, M., Wright, S., Law, M. (2016). Treatment durability and virological response in treatment-experienced HIV-positive patients on an integrase inhibitor-based regimen: an Australian cohort study. Sexual Health, 13(4), 335-344. [More Information]

2015

  • De La Mata, N., Mao, L., de Wit, J., Smith, D., Holt, M., Prestage, G., Wilson, D., Petoumenos, K. (2015). Estimating antiretroviral treatment coverage rates and viral suppression rates for homosexual men in Australia. Sexual Health, 12(5), 453-457. [More Information]

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