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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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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