September 13, 2019 As part of a research team led by Dr. Jorge Burneo, Tresah Antaya, an MSc candidate in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, has won funding via a Student Award from Lawson’s Internal Research Fund (IRF) for a new study that will examine data from the 2006 long-form Canadian census as well as environmental and health care data to determine whether long-term exposure to air pollution and city noise increases a person’s risk of developing epilepsy. In addition, the project is receiving funding through the Collaborative Research Seed Grant competition from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University.
August 09, 2019 Epidemiology and Biostatistics professor Greta Bauer, PhD, expects the nationwide Trans PULSE Canada survey to bridge a massive “deficit of quantitative data across Canada on the health of trans and non-binary people.”
August 08, 2019 The discovery that depression is the single largest driver of substance use during pregnancy – more important than education, income, or age – highlights the need for greater supports for the mental health of mothers-to-be, according to a team of Western researchers, including Dr. Jamie Seabrook, Adjunct Associate Professor with Epidemiology and Biostatstics.
August 01, 2019 A new method that limits the number of blood transfusions needed during heart surgery showed no additional risk to patients when it came to kidney injury, a common outcome of the surgery, according to a recent study. The findings could be a game-changer for a health-care system constantly seeking ways to balance demands on its blood supply. Professor Amit Garg, cross-appointee with Epidemiology and Biostatistics, stresses the importance of analyzing the use of blood transfusions during surgery. “A lot of people are generous in giving blood,” he said. “At the end of the day, we want to use this precious resource wisely.”
July 18, 2019 The risk factors for stroke and dementia are the same, and a growing body of evidence demonstrates that preventing stroke can also prevent some dementias. Now, a group of experts led by Western University Professor and Cross-Appointee with Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Dr. Vladimir Hachinski, are calling on the global community to come together to take action on preventing dementia by preventing stroke.
June 24, 2019 Led by Dr. Manuel Montero-Odasso, a Cross-Appointed Professor with Epidemiology and Biostatistics, researchers in London have been awarded $1.345 million over five years through the second phase of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), announced as part of Canada’s national dementia strategy. CCNA is a collaborative research program tackling the challenge of dementia and other neurodegenerative illnesses.
June 17, 2019 An Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Shehzad Ali has been named among Western’s nine new Canada Research Chairs (CRCs). The Canada Research Chairs Program aims to attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds. With this announcement, there are now 1,836 Canada research chairs at universities across Canada.
May 17, 2019 An internationally acclaimed Western University neurologist is going global once again, helping pen new international guidelines to help patients stave off dementia. Dr. Vladimir Hachinski, a Cross-Appointed Professor with Epidemiology and Biostatistics, contributed to and reviewed the recommendations released by the World Health Organization earlier this week — a gold-standard that will inform how doctors treat patients and how governments address the growing health issue.
May 08, 2019 Researcher Jessica Prodger, PhD, a Cross-Appointee with the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is exploring why circumcision is protective and how the penile microbiome may contribute to HIV incidence in heterosexual men.
May 07, 2019 A North American team of researchers co-lead by Dr. Brian Feagan, Cross-Appointee to Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the 2019 Allan Donner Lecturer, hopes their work will ultimately lead to treatments that reduce infections, pain, and hospitalizations for millions of Crohn’s disease sufferers around the world.
April 08, 2019 Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament, announced that the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) will be investing up to $2.5 million over three and a half years to help expand Western University’s Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT) program across the country. Hockey FIT is led by Dr. Rob Petrella. Co-applicants on the project include three members of faculty from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics: Dr. Saverio Stranges, Guangyong Zou, PhD, and Merrick Zwarenstein, PhD.
April 05, 2019 Lauren Cipriano, PhD, a Cross-Appointed Assistant Professor with Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is being honoured as the 2019 recipient of the Dr. Maurice McGregor Award from Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH). The award recognizes rising stars in the field of health technology assessment.
April 05, 2019 Congratulations to Janet Martin, PharmD, associate professor in Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, on receiving an Anniversary Medal from the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH).
March 22, 2019 CIHR-funded research project led by Maria Mathews, PhD, professor in Family Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, incorporates multiple perspectives to explore Indigenous participation in the physician workforce.
March 13, 2019 The review published today in the high-profile journal Cochrane Review was led by Dr. Saverio Stranges, Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, in collaboration with Manchester University and Warwick University in the UK. The review looked specifically at the effects of a Mediterranean-style diet on cardiovascular health.
February 13, 2019 The Board of Health for the Grey Bruce Health Unit is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ian Arra to the position of Medical Officer of Health, effective January 25, 2019. Dr. Arra completed an MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University in 2011, supervised by Dr. George Rodrigues.
February 04, 2019 A study led by Dr. Saverio Stranges has added further evidence to the growing understanding that not only do most nutritional supplements not prevent chronic disease or increase longevity, but their widespread use should be avoided.
February 01, 2019 Dr. Stewart Harris has been reappointed to his third term as the Canadian Diabetes Association Chair in Diabetes Management at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2023.
January 31, 2019 Maria Mathews, core-appointee, to receive CIHR funding for: “Increasing Indigenous Participation in the Physician Workforce,” while Dr. Emil Schemitsch, cross-appointee, to receive CIHR funding for: “The DECIPHER Study: DEterminants of Function and Clinically Important outcomes in Proximal Humerus Fractures in the Elder Population: A National CohoRt.”
January 04, 2019 Beginning Monday, January 7, our department website will be locked down as we update to the new template provided by Western University. During this process our website will still function as usual but we will be unable to publish any changes to content. Updates, news, events, etc., will be posted to our social media feeds during this time and we strongly recommend all faculty, students and staff follow our department on Twitter and Facebook (handle: westernuepibio).
December 10, 2018 Dr. Jorge Guillermo Burneo, Professor of Neurology and Cross-Appointed Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University, has been appointed as the Jack Cowin Chair in Epilepsy Research, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective November 1, 2018 to October 31, 2023.
November 26, 2018 Kelly Anderson, Luciano Sposato (both affiliated with Epidemiology and Biostatistics) and Stephen Renaud all agree that there are challenges to starting a research program when you are new to academia – but the rewards of the efforts are plentiful.
November 14, 2018 Making Mindfulness Matter, an eight-week Canadian Institutes of Health Research project, is a community-based family treatment program for children with epilepsy between the ages of four and 10 and their parents. The program is co-led by Western University’s Dr. Kathy Speechley, a professor in the Departments of Paediatrics and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, and Dr. Karen Bax, professor and managing director of the Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre at Merrymount.
October 15, 2018 Considering applying to our graduate program? Take a look at a list of our research opportunities for graduate program applicants to discover numerous and diverse research projects seeking new students.
June 27, 2018 Dr. Sisira Sarma, Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is the first author on a study published in the journal Health Economics that shows family physicians who switched from a blended fee-for-service payment scheme to a blended capitation model (a fixed rate per patient per year) increased their referrals to specialists by more than five per cent.
June 25, 2018 Congratulations Dr. Evelyn Vingilis, psychologist and Director of the Population and Community
Health Unit, and Professor with the Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, on receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals.
June 20, 2018 Jacqueline Kueper, PhD Candidate supervised by Dr. Dan Lizotte, recently attended the Canadian Student Health Research Forum in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She presented a poster titled, “A topic modelling approach to understanding the body of research on artificial intelligence and primary care.”
May 09, 2018 Dr. Vladimir Hachinski – past president of the World Federation of Neurology and a world-renowned stroke expert – has been named a 2018 Killam Prize winner for Health Sciences. He is a Distinguished University Professor at Western, a Professor in the Department of Neurology and a Cross-Appointee with the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.
February 25, 2018 Dr. Robert Petrella and the entire Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT) team are thrilled to announce that their recent grant application to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research was successful. Co-Applicants and Collaborators include numerous individuals from Western University, including Dr. Saverio Stranges (Chair), Dr. Guangyong Zou, and Dr. Merrick Zwarenstein, of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
February 08, 2018 Published research by Dr. Shane Goodwin, PhD graduate from our program, and his former supervisor, Dr. Kathy Speechley, is highlighted in a media release from Lawson Research and in a recent interview with CTV news.
January 25, 2018 Research by Dr. Philip Jones, Lawson Scientist, and Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, examines the practice of handing over patient care between anesthesiologists during surgical procedures.
January 18, 2018 Emaad's submission “The Effect of Statin Medication on Exercise Capacity in Cardiac Rehabilitation: A Retrospective Cohort Study” was selected as a Highly Commended Entrant in the Medical Sciences category of The Undergraduate Awards Programme 2017.
December 01, 2017 Please join us in congratulating Dr. Moira Stewart, recipient of the 2017 Maurice Wood Award for Lifetime Contribution to Primary Care Research from the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG). Dr. Stewart is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University.
November 17, 2017 Dr. Candi Flynn, graduate of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics MSc Program in 2010 (supervised by Dr. Neville Suskin), has been named the 2017 recipient of the Ontario College of Family Physicians Resident of the Year Award.
November 14, 2017 Dr. Mark Ferro, graduate of the PhD program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, appointed as the new Canada Research Chair in Youth Mental Health.
October 10, 2017 Dr. Arlene MacDougall, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, launched Global MINDS Fellowship Program in June 2017, bringing together Western University students and faculty to improve the lives of those living with mental illness.
June 05, 2017 Dr. Saverio Stranges, Chair, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, receives French press coverage while presenting on nutritional supplements and chronic disease at the 6th Congress of the International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk, in Quebec City.
May 12, 2017 Many seniors are getting antibiotic prescriptions they don't need. Read more about the important work from researchers including Dr. Marcus Povitz, Cross-Appointed Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Dr. Jessica Sontrop, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, on the harmful practice of over-prescription of antibiotics to seniors.
April 26, 2017 Department of Family Medicine and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics professor Evelyn Vingilis has co-authored a study that shows people who admit to street racing are also five times more likely to have crashed their vehicle in the previous year.
April 21, 2017 In this Q&A with Current Affairs, Mostafa Shokoohi, PhD Candidate, discusses his current research project, which focuses on women in Canada living with HIV to determine whether specific factors affect or influence health disparities among this group.
April 18, 2017 Please join the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in offering sincerest congratulations to Awards of Excellence winners from Epidemiology and Biostatistics, including Dr. Janet Martin, Dr. Moira Stewart and Angela deCandido.
April 03, 2017 Registration is now available for the Global Health Conversation Series on Transgender Health, "Health Research: Strategies for Transgender Inclusion", with Dr. Greta Bauer, Associate Professor and Graduate Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, happening on April 06, 2017.
March 01, 2017 In a video segment, CTV London interviews Rebecca Rodrigues, MSc Candidate, and Dr. Kelly Anderson, Assistant Professor, about their article, "The traumatic experience of first-episode psychosis: A systematic review and meta-analysis", recently published in Schizophrenia Research.
February 27, 2017 Dr. Arlene MacDougall, Assistant Professor with the Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, will work to develop strong local and global partnerships, engage patients and their caregivers in research activities, and foster trans-disciplinary approaches to research.
February 13, 2017 Congratulartions to Dr. Greta Bauer (Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics) on her promotion to Full Professor and Dr. Janet Martin (Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics) on her promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure.
Both promotions will be effective July 01, 2017.
February 11, 2017 Dr. Marnin Heisel focuses on finding better ways to assess suicide risk and create new interventions with the hope of enhancing mental health and well-being and decreasing risk for suicide in older adults. Dr. Heisel is an associate professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and a scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute.
February 01, 2017 Klajdi Puka, MSc Candidate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, has been profiled by the Canadian League Against Epilepsy as a Rising Star in their newsletter, CLAE Connections. Klajdi is supervised by Dr. Kathy Speechley.
November 29, 2016 On Friday November 25th, the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics successfully hosted the Annual Carol Buck Lecture and Graduate Scholarship. We would like to offer our gracious thanks to Dr. Eduardo L. Franco, of McGill University, the Carol Buck Lecturer, and our warm congratulations to Jacqueline Kueper, MSc Candidate, the scholarship winner. Photos of the event and information for viewing the Livestream video of the lecture and award presentation are now available.
November 24, 2016 Dr. Martin, an assistant professor in the departments of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, as well as MEDICI Director, is one of two project leads on the recently designated World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre.
November 07, 2016 At Kidney Week 2016 the only major award given out will be the Young Investigator Award. The recipient will be Dr. Amit Garg, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, and Cross-Appointed Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University. Please join our department in congratulating Dr. Garg.
September 30, 2016 Join our department in congratulating Dr. Vladimir Hachinski on being awarded the Royal Society of Canada’s prestigious McLaughlin Medal. A Distinguished University Professor of Neurology at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and a Lawson Health Research Institute Scientist, he is also a Cross-Appointed Professor with the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Hachinski is a co-supervisor of PhD Candidate, Josh Cerasuolo, along with Dr. Lauren Cipriano and Dr. Neil Klar.
September 22, 2016 Dr. Saverio Stranges has been appointed as Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, effective October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2021.
September 15, 2016 Please join our department in congratulating Dr. Anita Kothari and Dr. Charles Weijer for being named among the nation’s top scholars in the arts, humanities and sciences by the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Anita Kothari is an Associate Professor with the School of Health Studies and the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics (Cross). Dr. Weijer is a Professor and the Canada Research Chair in Bioethics, with appointments in the Department of Philosophy, Medicine (joint), and Epidemiology and Biostatistics (cross). Also, he is currently a co-supervisor for Jasmine Tung, MSc Candidate, along with Dr. K.Speechley.
August 15, 2016 Our department would like to congratulate Jasmine Tung, whose abstract “Communicating Through a Brain-Computer Interface: An Innovative Approach to Assess Quality of Life in Patients with Severe Brain Injury” was selected as one of the top 4 abstracts submitted to the upcoming International Neuroethics Society meeting in San Diego in November.
June 01, 2016 The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is pleased to announce that Dr. John J. Koval, Professor Emeritus, has won the 2016 Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) Distinguished Service Award.
April 19, 2016 Dr. Greta Bauer and Dr. Amardeep Thind are both recipients of the Schulich Educator Award, 2016 Awards of Excellence. Our department is excited to see their talent, dedication and hard work being honoured.
April 08, 2016 In January, an agreement was reached with the Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA). The new agreement was ratified by the GTA Union on January 18 and by Western University’s Board of Governors on January 28. The new agreement is effective as of September 1, 2015.
April 04, 2016 MSc graduate Samantah Larose's Master's thesis has received extensive coverage in the media. Her work was most recently featured in the Western News. Her thesis can be found in The Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository.
April 01, 2016 Schulich Medicine & Dentistry celebrated Western University’s Founder’s Day on Monday, March 7 with a special lunchtime presentation. Ayden Scheim, a PhD Candidate, Trudeau Scholar, and Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, presented on behalf of Greta Bauer, PhD...
March 29, 2016 Earlier this month, Western University announced that it is beginning the next phase of the project to replace its campus-wide email platform (known as Convergence) to a new cloud-based system called Microsoft Office 365. This next phase includes moving the Western email accounts (i.e. those ending in @uwo.ca) of all faculty and staff in Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. This change will likely impact you...
March 09, 2016 According to a study by Dr. Sisira Sarma, Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and his team from Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, obese women in the Canadian workforce earn less money than non-obese women.
February 19, 2016 Dr. Sharifa Nasreen, PhD Candidate in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics discusses her career choices and potential research with the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry's Graduate Studies eNewsletter, Current Affairs.
January 27, 2016 Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry news article published on #BellLetsTalk Day includes discussion of Dr. Kelly Anderson's research on our understanding of mental illness in immigrant and refugee populations.
January 25, 2016 Greta Bauer, PhD, has released a study showing that approximately half of transgender Ontarians are not comfortable discussing transgender-related health issues with their family physician.
January 10, 2016 Dr. Greta Bauer, Graduate Chair, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, comments on the importance of good data about the demographics of Canada' transgender population and Statistics Canada's limited census form options.
August 31, 2014 MSc graduate Joseph Hwang's Master's thesis has received extensive coverage in the media. His work was most recently featured in the Western News. Joseph's thesis is available in the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository.
September 16, 2019 A total of 17 funded projects across the School and Lawson Health Research Institute were awarded project or bridge grant funding, as announced by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The recipient teams included Epidemiology and Biostatistics members Dr. Greta Bauer, Dr. Ayden Scheim (Alumnus), Dr. Luciano A Sposato, Dr. Jason Gilliland, Dr. Saverio Stranges, Dr. Jamie Seabrook, Dr. Piotr Wilk, Dr. Evelyn Vingilis, Dr. Kathy Speechley, Klajdi Puka (PhD Candidate), Dr. Guangyong Zou, and Dr. Emil Schemitsch.
September 16, 2019 Faculty and students from the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, University at Buffalo, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact, McMaster University, and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Western University, met in Buffalo on May 25th, 2018 to discuss research in their field and to foster collaborative links across the institutions.
September 16, 2019 Dr. Vladimir Hachinski is among a group of exceptional healthcare leaders who will be inducted into The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF). Dr. Hachinski, a Distinguished University Professor in Clinical Neurological Sciences, and Cross-Appointee to Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is a world-renowned neurologist and has transformed the understanding, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the two greatest threats to the brain, stroke and dementia.
September 16, 2019 Emaad Mohammad, an undergraduate student enrolled in the Honors Specialization Program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, will present, "Association of Statin Medication with Exercise Capacity Change in Cardiac Rehabilitation: A Retrospective Cohort Study", to the Canadian Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (CACPR) conference at the 2017 Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC) in Vancouver, BC.
September 16, 2019 Listen online to Western Radio's Gradcast as Jordan Edwards, PhD candidate, describes the disciplines of epidemiology and biostatistics and how research is conducted. He also discusses his academic path and current research into the prevalence of mood and anxiety disorders in the Canadian immigrant and refugee population. Jordan's PhD supervisor is Dr. Kelly Anderson.
September 16, 2019 Western News features exciting research by Dr. Montero-Odasso, Professor, Geriatric Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Cross-Appointed) on walking manner (gait) as a predictor of dementia and the importance of early detection and treatment.
September 16, 2019 Please join us in congratulating Ayden Scheim, PhD Candidate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, on his recently announced Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Fellowship for work on his project, titled, "Gender, sexuality, and the prevention of initiation into injection drug use". Click the title above for CIHR's full listing of Fellowship funding decisions.
September 16, 2019 In May the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) announced the new recipients of project and bridge grant funding, including Dr. Kelly Anderson and Dr. Samantha Wells. Dr. Greta Bauer also received project funding in the previous round, announced July, 2016.
September 16, 2019 As part of the 2016 International Week, Schulich Research has organized a Global Health Conversation Panel, including Dr. Saverio Stranges, Chair, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics.
September 16, 2019 Congratulations to Alison Dasiewicz for her Oral Presentations Epidemiology Award, 1st Place, at the 2016 Canadian Society for Epidemiology & Biostatistics National Student Conference.