2019 Allan Donner Lecture: Dr. Brian G. Feagan

Date: Friday, April 12
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: MSB384 (Medical Sciences Building)

The 2019 Allan Donner Lecture: "Clinical Trials in Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Better Methodology Means Better Patient Care"


Dr. Brian G. Feagan MD, FRCPC

Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology
Department of Medicine
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University
Senior Scientific Officer
Robarts Clinical Trials, Inc.
London, Ontario

Brian G. Feagan, MD, FRCPC, completed a medical degree at the University of Western Ontario (Western University) in London, Ontario, Canada. His postdoctoral training included residency in the Department of Medicine and a fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Western Ontario.

A Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Dr. Feagan holds membership in the Canadian and American Association of Gastroenterology, the American College of Gastroenterology, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada (CCC) and the European Crohn’s & Colitis Organization (ECCO). He is the recipient of the 2013 Senior Achievement Award from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) and Dean’s Award of Excellence in 2013 from the University of Western Ontario. He has authored over 250 articles, book chapters and has also given over 1000 invited presentations, at national and international scientific meetings.

In 1997, Dr. Feagan became Director of Robarts Clinical Trials at the Robarts Research Institute, University of Western Ontario. His research efforts focus on the design and implementation of randomized controlled trials of therapy for inflammatory bowel disease. He has been the principal investigator on numerous large-scale randomized clinical trials.

Allan Donner, PhD, FRSC



Allan Donner, PhD, FRSC, is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University and a former Director, Biostatistics, at Robarts Clinical Trials, Inc. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Manitoba and obtained his Doctorate degree in Statistics from Harvard University, followed by four years at the Channing Laboratory, Harvard Medical School. He served as Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western from 1987 to 2003.

Allan Donner's methodological research includes extensive contributions to the design and analysis of clinical trials, including many publications in leading journals, frequent invited presentations, and service on numerous Data Safety and Monitoring Committees. His interest in cluster randomization trials has led to his participation in several perinatal epidemiology trials sponsored by the World Health Organization and trials of vaccination strategies designed to prevent typhoid and cholera in developing countries, as sponsored by the International Vaccine Institute.  Allan Donner is also co-author (with Neil Klar, PhD) of the book “Design and Analysis of Cluster Randomization Trials in Health Research” (Wiley, 2000), the first text in this field that focused exclusively on randomized trials conducted in the Health Sciences.

Over the course of his career, Allan Donner has been a member of several Health Canada Advisory Committees including the Committee on Pharmaceutical Sciences and Clinical Pharmacology. He is currently a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada.

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