• Annnouncement: Four new Canada Research Chairs named at Western, one renewed

    December 18, 2020
    Kelly Anderson, PhD, has been selected as the Canada Research Chair in Public Mental Health Research at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

  • Research News: Exploring the experiences of trans and non-binary Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic

    December 16, 2020
    A new survey led by Greta Bauer, PhD, and co-principal-investigator Ayden Scheim, PhD, at Western University is exploring the experiences of trans and non-binary Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic – statistics that until now were largely invisible in the Canadian data. The first reports shown that during the pandemic, more than 30 per cent of trans and non-binary Canadians had interruptions to health care and one in ten avoided COVID-19 testing/care.

  • Dual honours for a remarkable physician

    November 16, 2020
    ​​​​​​​London hospitals honour infectious diseases expert Dr. Michael Silverman, a cross-appointee with the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, for his tireless commitment and expertise from the earliest days of the pandemic.

  • Guiding the Way Forward for Indigenous Health

    October 30, 2020
    Danielle Alock, an Assistant Professor in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is guiding Schulich Medicine & Dentistry in creating a space that is representative of First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities as the School’s first Indigenous Lead.

  • Global study finds ‘COVID-19 free’ hospital areas could save lives after surgery

    October 08, 2020
    Janet Martin, Associate Professor at Western University's Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry (including the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics), is part of the CovidSurg Collaborative which includes researchers working together from around the world. The team found patients undergoing cancer surgery had better outcomes when their operation and hospital care took place in ‘COVID-19 free’ areas.

  • Funding: Researchers receive a multi-million dollar injection of funding through CIHR

    September 15, 2020
    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) announced the results of their project grants competition, awarding nearly $4.9 million in research funding to eight projects from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. For Piotr Wilk, PhD, and his research team, the grant will support their research into climate change-related health inequalities in Canada.

  • Funding: Researchers using modelling techniques to improve pandemic outcomes

    August 31, 2020
    How might COVID-19 policy decisions change based on understanding social determinants of health? How important are community-tailored solutions when making plans for reopening? These two questions will be addressed by Ava John Baptiste, PhD, Shehzad Ali, PhD, and Lauren Cipriano, PhD, thanks to new funding from the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM).

  • Funding: Youth vaping problem nets research dollars

    August 10, 2020
    Vaping among teenaged Canadians has doubled in the past two years – a troubling trend that Western researchers will examine in depth with new funding through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR.) The researchers are working to understand the rapid rise of vaping in Canada and measure its health effects. One of the teams that will receive funding includes Jamie Seabrook (Adjunct Associate Professor with Epidemiology and Biostatistics) and Jason Gilliland (Cross-Appointed Professor with Epidemiology and Biostatistics) as co-principal applicants, and co-applicants Kelly Anderson (Associate Professor with Epidemiology and Biostatistics), Gina Martin and Jacob Shelley.

  • Research News: Poor sleep linked to multiple chronic conditions

    July 29, 2020
    Researchers, including members of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, have shown that how well you sleep and for how long is linked to increased odds of living with multiple chronic conditions, and argue that promotion of good sleep habits should be given greater focus in clinical practice and public health.

  • Funding: CIHR funding for COVID-19 project led by Maria Mathews, PhD

    July 02, 2020
    Project led by Maria Mathews, PhD, will address pandemic planning for COVID-19, thanks to new funding announced by the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), along with provincial partners.

  • Feature: What strategies need to be implemented in order to curb the spread early for future outbreaks?

    June 19, 2020
    Epidemiologist and public health physician Dr. Saverio Stranges has been watching the COVID-19 pandemic unfold across the globe, exploring the evidence to help understand why some countries have succeeded at controlling the outbreak of COVID-19, and others have not.

  • Announcement: Greta Bauer, PhD, named CIHR Sex and Gender Science Chair

    May 19, 2020
    Congratulations to Greta Bauer, PhD, who was named one of the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)’s new Sex and Gender Science Chairs. Bauer is one of 15 awardees across the country who will be working on research projects aimed at deepening the understanding of how biological and social influences interact to affect health and disease.

  • Future signaled in combined PhD candidacy

    May 13, 2020
    Jacqueline Kueper, MSC’17, did not intend to be a pioneer. But the more she thought about the possibilities, the more she realized becoming Western’s first combined PhD candidate made sense. She is pursuing a doctorate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Computer Science – the first Western student to study two different fields for one PhD.

  • Department Office Hours

    April 01, 2020
    As Western University has moved to a required services model, the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics staff is working remotely to hep ensure the safety of everyone on campus. If you need assistance, please email epibio@uwo.ca. While it is our goal to respond to emails in a timely fashion, the current situation may not allow for a quick response.  We kindly request that you are patient and we will respond as soon as we can.

  • Watch Now: March 20 Seminar on COVID19 available as online video

    March 23, 2020
    Video of the March 20 seminar is now available: "COVID19: Lessons learned from the Italian Experience." with Dr. Saverio Stranges and, "How can we maintain social connection in the face of social distancing?" with Marnin Heisel, PhD.

  • Researcher ‘optimistic’ as crisis hits close to home

    March 20, 2020
    Epidemiology and Biostatistics Professor& Chair, Dr. Saverio Stranges, has both a professional and personal interest in the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, as family members and friends are back home in the Lombardy Region of Italy, one of the hardest hit countries with more than 3,400 deaths.

  • Exploring the future of diabetes management

    March 12, 2020
    Can artificial intelligence help in diabetes management? New technology may offer a non-invasive, wearable alternative for monitoring blood sugar levels without a finger prick.

  • Media Release: Trans and non-binary Canadians report having unmet health care needs

    March 10, 2020
    Nearly half of transgender and non-binary Canadians who responded to the Trans PULSE Canada survey say they faced one or more unmet health care needs in the past year – with about 1-in-10 saying they avoided an emergency room visit completely. Greta Bauer, PhD, a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is a principal investigator on the project.

  • Western teams recruited in effort to combat COVID-19

    March 06, 2020
    Associate Professor, Anita Kothari, a cross-appointee with Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is part of a team aimed at helping public health agencies provide timely, credible, evidence-based information on social media channels.

  • Balancing act: Addressing important questions in research ethics

    February 14, 2020
    Dr. Charles Weijer, a Cross-Appointee with the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is unpacking complex questions in research ethics. He recently authored a set of guidelines for the World Health Organization on ethical considerations for health policy and systems research.

  • Dr. Manuel Montero-Odasso named as one of most influential Hispanic Canadians

    February 13, 2020
    Please join our department in congratulating Dr. Montero-Odasso, Clinician Scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute, Director of the Gait and Brain Lab, and a professor of Medicine, and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University, on being named one of the 10 most influential Hispanic Canadians for 2019.

  • Announcement: Danielle Alcock, PhD, appointed as Indigenous Leader in Residence

    February 03, 2020
    Danielle Alcock, PhD, has been appointed as the Indigenous Leader in Residence (ILIR) effective February 11. In this role, she will also be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

  • Coronavirus information students, faculty and staff

    January 28, 2020
    Information for Western students, faculty and staff regarding Novel Coronavirus.

  • After stroke, both women and men are significantly more likely to suffer dangerous heart complications

    January 15, 2020
    New research from Western University has shown that both women and men are significantly more likely to have a heart attack or another major cardiovascular event within thirty days of having a stroke. The study led by Dr. Luciano Sposato, Associate Professor (and Cross-Appointee with Epidemiology and Biostatistics) and the Kathleen and Henry Barnett Chair in Stroke at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, was published in the American Heart Association Journal, Stroke.