Named Seminars

Dr. Carol Buck

CarolBuck_160x180.png The Carol Buck Graduate Scholarship in Epidemiology was established to honour Dr. Carol Buck, whose affiliation with the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics was from 1952 to 2004.

Aftern completing a degree in medicine in 1947, Dr. Buck was the first female PhD student at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, at Western University, graduating from the School in 1950, She went on to also become the School’s first female Department Chair leading the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Throughout her career, Dr. Buck’s work demonstrated a passionate commitment to advancing human health. Using rigorous methods of epidemiology to identify and correct the causes and determinants of ill-health, she became an international leader in the discipline. Many honours were bestowed upon her during her career: the R.D. Defries Award, the Canadian Public Health Association’s highest honor, 1987; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 1988; and Honorary Doctor of Laws, Dalhousie University, Halifax, 1989.

Dr. Buck's colleagues and former students respected her amazing clarity of thought and communication. She was a gifted teacher who had a significant impact on many graduate students, medical students and colleagues.

The Carol Buck Graduate Scholarship is awarded following the Annual Carol Buck Lecture.

Dr. Allan Donner


Dr. Allan Donner is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University and a former Director of Biostatistics at Robarts Clinical Trials. 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.

Dr. 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.  He is co-author (with Dr. Neil Klar) 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 Dr. 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.


Upcoming Named Seminar

  • The 2024 Allan Donner Lecture will be hosted on Friday, April 5, at PHFM 3015 and Zoom. The 2024 Allan Donner Lecturer will be Dr. Fan Li.