Biostatistical Consulting Unit
George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI)

The Biostatistical Consulting Unit is housed within the 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 are a part of Canada's Strategy for Patient Oriented Research, (SPOR). Please click here to learn more about CHI.
The Biostatistical Consulting Unit (BCU) serves as a resource of statistical expertise for researchers and students across the University of Manitoba environment. The BCU 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 BCU promotes two types of activities: collaboration and services.

The following activities are examples of academic collaboration.

• 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.

The following activities are examples of services:

• 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).
In addition, BCU offers non-credit courses on use of statistical computer software such as SAS and SPSS and deliver data management workshops on excel, access, database plan and design.


REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure, web application designed to support data capture for research studies. It was developed by a multi-institutional consortium at Vanderbilt University and is widely used at leading health research institutes around the world. CHI has implemented REDCap, at the University of Manitoba in conjunction with the BCU. Please click here to learn about accessing REDcap in Manitoba.

Unit Staff:

Dr Depeng Jiang- Director, Biostatistical Consulting Unit
• 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.

Mr. Brenden Dufault- Statistical Consultant
• Mr. Brenden Dufault received his master degree in Biostatistics from University of Western Ontario. He has expertise in a complete range of both basic and advanced statistical techniques, including regression and analysis of variance, logistic regression, survival analysis, recurrent event analyses, multilevel model and longitudinal data analysis, propensity score analysis, non-parametric analysis, time series analyses, and power analysis for simple and complex designs.

Mr. Dennis Bayomi- Statistical Consultant
• Mr. Dennis Bayomi is a part-time workshop developer/instructor, offering workshops on data management and programming. He also works part-time as a database/research analyst for the Manitoba Follow-up Study. He’s an active participant in the Bannatyne Campus community outreach program, including Basketballs for Inner City Kids, SWISH (Summer Weekend Inner-city Supervised Hoops) and the Inner City Kids’ Computer Club. Dennis has degrees in Computer Science and Community Health Sciences both from the University of Manitoba.

How to contact the BCU:
• Requests for service: please email: Dr. Depeng Jiang or Mr. Brenden Dufault
• 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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