Biostatistical Consulting Unit
Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine

The Biostatistical Consulting Unit in the Department of Community Health Sciences will be transitioning into the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) as part of the development of a CIHR-funded SUPPORT Unit (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) at the University of Manitoba. This change means that the BCU will no longer be administered by the Department of Community Health Sciences.

Requests for services will continue to be made by contacting Dr. Depeng Jiang or Mr. Brenden Dufault.  However, any billing inquiries should now be directed by email to Princess Fernandez at: princess.fernandez . Consultative services will continue to be offered and collaborative research projects are welcomed. Biostatistical services will be integrated with database development / management and methodological consulting services as part of the development of the SUPPORT Unit
Please direct inquiries regarding the transition to Dr. Lisa Lix by email: or phone: 204-789-3573.

REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) Data Management Software

REDCap was developed by Vanderbilt University and is currently managed and updated through a national consortium that supports the rapid setup of secure, Web-based study-specific database systems and associated case report forms. REDCap includes a complete suite of features that meets the requirements for protection of personal health information, including a full audit trail and user-specific data access constraints. It has data import export functions, including export to common statistical packages such as SAS and SPSS.
REDCap will soon be available to clinical research studies being conducted at the University of Manitoba; software installation and security are being tested and a demonstration project to ensure its full functionality is in process. REDCap training sessions will be offered beginning in 2014. For further information about REDCap, please visit the Vanderbilt University website ( For additional information about the roll-out of REDCap at the University of Manitoba, please contact Dr. Upal Nath, Research Data Manager, George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (

The Biostatistical Consulting Unit (BCU) serves as a resource of statistical expertise for researchers and students across the University of Manitoba environment. While the BCU is a cost recovery unit, 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. For recent offerings, visit BCU web as listed below.
BCU Staff

The Unit is staffed by the Director, Dr. Depeng Jiang, statistical consultants Mr. Brenden Dufault, Mr. Dennis Bayomi, and casual statisticians.

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 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 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.

For most projects, the BCU charges either an hourly rate or a fixed project amount. The fee policy reflects the need for cost recovery for staff, equipment, and supplies. From July 1, 2013, the fee per hour is 90$.

Consultants will work with you to estimate BCU consultant costs and track the time spent on project activities. Invoice will be sent on regular basis. Hours spent and fees charged will be summarized at the end of the project.

Making a request
Please submit your request well before a grant/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).
Contact the BCU


 Web Coordinator: Iryna Tsybukh

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, contact

Dr. Upal Nath
Research Data Manager, George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3E 0W3


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