2023 Allan Donner Lecture: Monica Taljaard, PhD

Date: Friday, March 31
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: PHFM 3015 and Zoom

"Cluster randomized trials: past, present and future"


Monica Taljaard, PhD

School of Epidemiology and Public Health
University of Ottawa

Senior Scientist
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Short Biography:
Monica Taljaard is a Senior Scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) and Full Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa. She received her PhD degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, in 2006. Her main research interests are in the design, analysis and ethics of pragmatic and cluster randomized trials. As a methodologist with the Ottawa Methods Centre, she works with clinicians and researchers from a variety of backgrounds in the design and analysis of their studies including clinical trials and observational studies. Dr. Taljaard has over 400 publications in peer reviewed journals and has been principal investigator, co-investigator or collaborator on more than 200 funded peer reviewed research grants. She is Deputy Editor of Clinical Trials: Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials.

About 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 American College of Epidemiology and the Royal Society of Canada.

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