Benny Cheung Ying Zee, M.Sc (1984)
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Prof. Benny Zee is Assistant Dean of Research for the Faculty of Medicine and also Professor and Director of the Centre for Clinical Research and Biostatistics and Head of the Division of Biostatistics in the JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), and Director of Clinical Trials and Biostatistics Lab in the CU Shenzhen Research Institute (SZRI) and serves in the Centre for Entrepreneurship of CUHK. He holds honorary appointments in the Department of Clinical Oncology and the Department of Statistics of CUHK. He is also the Chairman of the Joint CUHK-NTEC Clinical Research Ethics Committee since 2006. Professor Zee obtained his Ph.D in Biostatistics from the University of Pittsburgh USA in 1987. He then joined the National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group as Senior Biostatistician, and faculty member in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of Queen’s University Canada from 1987-2001. He remains as Adjunct Professor with Queen’s University after he joined CUHK and is actively promoting international academic activities and collaborations.

Professor Zee has strong interest in various aspects of multi-center clinical trials, including statistical methods, data management, drug and medical device development. On the methodological side, he is active in Biostatistics research, especially in the area of clinical trials design, bioinformatics, quality of life, data & safety monitoring and other statistical issues. He has experience in the development of efficient data management procedure using advanced computer technology for “big data”, plus ample experience in working with industry to design and to carry out clinical trials that satisfy both academic interest and industry objectives. He has tremendous experience in the development of hospital infrastructure such as Ethics Committee, GCP Centre and quality assurance team to carry out clinical research in hospitals that satisfies regulatory and international requirements. He is also active in medical devices development such as “automatic retinal imaging analysis (ARIA)” for stroke risk assessment, and commercializing this through Health View Bioanalytic Limited established in the Hong Kong Science Park. He had published more than 200 international peer reviewed journal articles and serves in various committees including advisory committees for drug development and data & safety monitoring committees for international drug trials.

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Important Dates

February 18: Louis Riel Day (University Closed)

February 18 – February 22: Reading Week (No classes)

Upcoming Seminars

Statistics seminar: Aleeza Gerstein: “Levelling up R for Statistical Research and Teaching (Vignettes from RStudio::Conf)” — Thursday, February 28 at 2:45 p.m., P230 Duff Roblin.

Statistics seminar: Jame Fu: “Distribution of number of Levels in [s]-specified random permutation: A finite Markov Chain Imbedding Approach” — Thursday, March 7 at 2:45 p.m., P230 Duff Roblin.

Statistics seminar: Alison Gibbs: “Teaching Statistics in a Data Science World” — Thursday, March 21 at 2:45 p.m., P230 Duff Roblin.

Where are they now?

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