Robert Platt, M.Sc. (1993)
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After graduating from U of M with an MSC in statistics Robert Platt received his PhD in Biostatistics in 1996 from the University of Washington in Seattle. Since then has been on faculty at McGill University, where he is currently Professor in the departments of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health and of Pediatrics. His primary research interest is in statistical methods for epidemiology, with applications in pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety and in perinatal epidemiology. His methodologic interests are in causal inference and prediction tools. He has made important contributions to the study and use of marginal structural models in pharmacoepidemiology, and to statistical methods for meta-analysis and network meta-analysis. He is a Chercheur-national of the Fonds de Recherche du Quebec – Sante, and is principal investigator on a CIHR-funded study of the use of propensity scores and marginal structural models in drug safety research and a Discovery Grant from NSERC, and co-investigator/subcontractor on multiple CIHR and NIH grants. Dr. Platt is leader of the methods team on the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies, a national network to study the safety of common pharmaceutical treatments. Dr. Platt is the director of Graduate Programs in the department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health at McGill, and welcomes applications for graduate studies from statisticians interested in biostatistics and epidemiologic research! Dr. Platt has published over 250 articles, one book, and several book chapters on methods and substantive issues in epidemiology.

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Congratulations to our October, 2018 graduates: Jenna Tichon (Ph.D.), Kanika Grover (M.Sc.), Mohammed Kamso (M.Sc.), Inesh Munaweera Arachchilage (M.Sc.), Joynob Siddiqua (M.Sc.), Shamsia Sobhan (M.Sc.).

Important Dates

September 19: Course Add Date - the last date to add a course in the revision period

September 19: Deadline to Apply Online to Graduate for February 2019 (most students)

October 3: Fee Payment Deadline Fall Term

Upcoming Seminars

Statistics seminar: Bo Li: “Spatially Varying Autoregressive Models for Prediction of New HIV Diagnoses” — Thursday, September 20 at 2:45 p.m., P230 Duff Roblin.

Statistics seminar: Mohammad Jafari Jozani: “Quantile Regression with Nominated Samples: An example in Osteoporosis Analysis” — Thursday, September 27 at 2:45 a.m., P230 Duff Roblin.

Statistics seminar: Yuliya Martsynyuk — Thursday, October 4 at 2:45 a.m., P230 Duff Roblin.

Statistics seminar: Darja Barr: “Evidence Driven Best Practices for Teaching the Mathematical Sciences” — Thursday, October 11 at 2:45 a.m., P230 Duff Roblin.

Where are they now?

Taraneh Abarin, Ph.D. (2009)

Yanqing Yi, Ph.D. (2008)