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.
The following activities are examples of services:
In addition, BCU offers non-credit courses on use of statistical computer software such as SAS and SPSS. For recent offerings, visit BCU or Department of Community Health Sciences website.
The Unit is staffed by the Director, Dr. Depeng Jiang, statistical consultants Mr. Brenden Dufault, 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 intervention program 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.
Dr. Mahmoud Torabi received his PhD in Statistics from Carleton University. He is currently a full-time Assistant Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. His research areas are: spatial and temporal models, cluster detection, small area estimation, longitudinal data analysis, generalized (general) linear mixed models, measurement Errors, and robust statistics.
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. The current 2011 fee per hour is 85$.
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).
For General Enquiries:
Depeng Jiang, PhD
Director, Biostatistical Consulting Unit
Room: S101B -
Medical Services Bldg
750 Bannatyne Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Phone: (204) 272-3137
Mr. Brenden Dufault
S100E - Medical Services Bldg
Phone: (204) 789-3542