The Carol Buck Graduate Scholarship in Epidemiology was established to honour Dr. Buck, whose affiliation with the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics was from 1952 to 2004. Throughout her career, Dr. Carol 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. Carol’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 scholarship is awarded following the annual Carol Buck lecture.
Dr. Allan Donner is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Biostatistical Scientist at Robarts Clinical Trials, Robarts Research Institute, Western University. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba and obtained his doctorate degree in Statistics from Harvard University. Dr. Donner's methodological research includes extensive contributions to the design and analysis of clinical trials, including frequent invited presentations, many publications in leading journals, and service on several Health Canada Advisory 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 textbook “Design and Analysis of Cluster Randomization Trials in Health Research”. Dr. Donner is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada.