Queen’s University is one of Canada’s most research-intensive universities with medical school. Its strengths in health research are achieved with excellent health researchers in various research groups, centres, and institutes, and hospitals, such as Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG), the largest cancer clinical trials group in Canada; Queen’s Cancer Research Institute and other heath research institutes and centres; ICES Queen’s; affiliated Kingston General Hospital, southeastern Ontario’s leading centre for complex-acute and specialty care and home to the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario; Hotel Dieu Hospital and Providence Care. Queen’s University also houses a group of biostatistics faculty members who are heavily involved in health related research. They are training graduate students in a collaborative Masters program in biostatistics, where students have practicum placements in many health research units and work closely with health researchers in areas such as cancer clinical trials, population health, health services, treatment of chronic diseases, monitoring infectious diseases, and genetics and genomics data analysis to advance research leading to better treatment and care of residents in Southeastern Ontario. The centre provides an opportunity to support the effort to build even stronger collaborative relationships between health and statistical sciences and to foster more collaborations. It will also help to expand the training capacity of the current collaborative program in biostatistics.
The Queen’s Collaborating Biostatistics Centre for Health Research is led by:
Leader: Dr. Paul Y. Peng, Department of Public Health Sciences, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Division of Cancer Care and Epidemiology, Cancer Research Institute
Management group members:
- Wenyu Jiang, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
- Michael McIsaac, Department of Public Health Sciences, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
- Dongsheng Tu, Department of Public Health Sciences, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Canadian Cancer Trials Group
Affiliated universities and organizations:
The centre will be primarily based at Queen’s University. Health researchers and graduate students in other universities or research institutes in Ontario, who are in proximity of Kingston, Ontario, will be invited to participate the centre through joint research projects and graduate students training. The centre currently affiliates with a few Queen’s academic units, including:
- Department of Public Health Sciences, Queen’s University
- Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Queen’s University
- Canadian Cancer Trials Group, Queen’s University
- Division of Cancer Care and Epidemiology, Cancer Research Institute, Queen’s University
The affiliated training programs with the centre include a collaborative Master’s program in biostatistics between the Department of Public Health Sciences in Faculty of Health Sciences and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in Faculty of Arts and Science, and Master’s and PhD degree programs in statistics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The Department of Public Health Sciences is planning to launch a new biostatistics field in its current PhD program, which, once established, will also be associated with the centre.
The collaborative Master’s program in biostatistics is a 12-month program. Students in the program are required to take 8 courses in two terms and to complete a 4-month biostatistics practicum in the summer to practice biostatistics in health research and successfully defend their practicum report at the end.
Dr. Paul Peng
Division of Cancer Care & Epidimiology
Cancer Research Institute, Room 216
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Phone: (613) 533-6000 Ext 78525