Biostatistics Group, Data Science Platform

George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI)

The Biostatistics Group is housed within the Data Science Platform in George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI). CHI was established in 2008 as collaboration between the University of Manitoba & the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. CHI works to ensure that the latest research and evidence are translated into improved patient outcomes, enhanced patient experiences and improved access to care for Manitobans. Additionally, CHI houses Manitoba's SUPPORT Unit (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials). SUPPORT Units were established as one component of Canada's Strategy for Patient Oriented Research, (SPOR). Please click here to learn more about CHI.

The Data Science Platform is comprised of three groups: Bioinformatics, Clinical Research Data, and Biostatistics. The Biostatistics Group serves as a resource of statistical expertise for researchers and students across the University of Manitoba. The Group operates on a cost recovery model; however, there are accommodations for students and faculty members who do not have funds to support their research.

The Biostatistics Group promotes original research, collaboration, and training. The following are examples of research and collaboration opportunities:

        Faculty/researcher/student research collaboration including research design, data collection, data analysis and interpretation

        Research methodology development

        Grant/funding planning, development, and proposal preparation

        Inter-disciplinary or multi-disciplinary collaboration on research teams

 In addition, services provided by biostatisticians within the Group include:

        Sample size and power calculations

        Data collections and preparation for data analysis

        Data analysis and result interpretation

        Database conversion, storage, archiving management and support

        Result section preparation for manuscripts and project reports

        Graduate student training of use of statistical software

        Survey data and survey designing

        Statistical computing using SAS, SPSS, R and other software (e.g., HLM, M-plus)

The Biostatistics Group offers non-credit courses on both introductory and advanced topics, as well as on the use of statistical computer software such as SAS and SPSS.

Group Members

Dr Depeng Jiang- Lead, Biostatistics Group

Dr. Depeng Jiang had many years of experience in providing statistical consulting to a broad range of clients and training students and researchers on the conduct of statistical analyses.  He has expertise in longitudinal analysis and multilevel models, person-oriented statistical approaches (e.g., latent class analysis and growth mixture models), structural equation models, clinical trial design and evaluation.

Dr. Atul SharmaSenior Biostatistical Consultant

Dr. Sharma completed a pediatric residency at McGill University/ Montreal Children’s Hospital (1985-88), and served as chief resident there in 1988-89. After completing a fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology at the University of Minnesota, he joined the McGill faculty in 1993. His statistical interests include paediatric growth charts, propensity score methods for non-randomized observational studies, urinary metabolomics, and geomapping. His clinical interests include paediatric growth, chronic renal failure, kidney transplant rejection, and vitamin D metabolism. In addition to teaching introductory statistics for medical students, residents, and fellows, Dr. Sharma also conducts workshops on advanced statistical methods for clinical researchers.

Mr. Brenden Dufault- Biostatistical Consultant

Mr. Brenden Dufault received his BSc (Hons) in Statistics from the University of Manitoba and his MSc in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from University of Western Ontario. He has expertise in a range of both basic and advanced statistical techniques, including regression and analysis of variance, logistic regression, survival analysis, multilevel model and longitudinal data analysis, structural equation modeling, non-parametric analysis, latent class models, classification and regression trees, and power analysis for simple and complex designs.

Dr. Rasheda Rabbani - Biostatistical Consultant

Dr. Rabbani has over 10 years of experience in providing statistical consultation, collaboration and training to students and researchers in different specialties. She is an expert on both basic and advanced level of statistical methodologies. Her main research interest focuses on Meta-Analysis and Network Meta-Analysis specializing in synthesis projects. Currently, she is offering lectures and workshops on meta-analysis in collaboration with the knowledge synthesis team. She participates in related professional development workshops and training courses on a regular basis. Prior to this position, she had served as a Biostatistician for the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM). Rasheda completed her B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. in Statistics from Jahangir Nagar University, Bangladesh and PhD in Agricultural Economics from Iwate University, Japan.

How to Contact the Biostatistics Group

        Requests for service: please email: Dr. Depeng Jiang or one of the above consultants

        Billing inquiries: please direct all billing inquiries to Dan McGregor

Please submit your request well before a grant or project deadline in order to schedule the consultation and arrange the analytic work. Within 2 working days of receipt of a request, the consultants will contact researchers to acknowledge receipt and to arrange an initial meeting as soon as possible. After the first appointment with a consultant, you and consultant will sign a Request Form for Biostatistical Service (including project description, request type and the way of payment).


For general enquiry and research collaboration, contact

Depeng Jiang, PhD
Director,  Biostatistical Consulting Unit
Room: S101B -Medical Services Bldg
750 Bannatyne Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3E 0W3
Phone: (204) 272-3137

For consultation and data analysis, contact

Mr. Brenden Dufault
S100E - Medical Services Bldg
750 Bannatyne Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3E 0W3
Phone: (204) 789-3542
For data management and statistical software training, contact

Mr. Dennis Bayomi
S113 - 750 Bannatyne Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3E 0W3
For REDCap at the University of Manitoba

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