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Vern Farewell | Biostatistician

Senior Scientist, MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge University


Prior to moving to the Medical Research Council (MRC) Bistatistics Unit in 2001, Dr. Vern Farewell held professorial positions at the University of Washington, the University of Waterloo and University College London. He has published widely in the statistical and medical literature and is co-author of the four editions of the book "Using and Understanding Medical Statistics". Since 2007, he has been Editor of "Statistics in Medicine". His current research has a primary focus on the analysis of observational longitudinal data. Click here to read more about Dr. Farewell's work.



Richard Cook | Biostatistician


Professor of Statistics, University of Waterloo


Dr. Richard Cook is a Professor of Statistics in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo and a Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Statistical Methods for Health Research.

His research interests include the development and application of statistical methods for public health research. Specific areas of interest include the analysis of life history data, longitudinal data analysis, statistical methods for incomplete data, sequential methods, multivariate analysis, clinical trial design, and the assessment of diagnostic tests. Click here to read more about Dr. Cook's work.



Proton Rahman | Rheumatologist

Associate Dean (Clinical Research), Professor of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dr. Proton Rahman is a Rheumatologist and genetic epidemiologist from St. John’s, NL who is recognized worldwide for his research on the genomics of rheumatic diseases. After completing medical and advanced research training at Memorial University and the University of Toronto, Dr. Rahman established a research program in the genetic epidemiology of the spondyloarthropathies at Memorial University.

Over the last 15 years, Dr. Rahman has been successful in obtaining 68 million dollars in research grants and has contributed to the publication of over 200 papers, and has an impressive H-Index of 49. His research program has identified a number of genetic markers for spondyloarthritis. Dr. Rahman’s most significant contribution to the advancement of science in Canada was in developing the Newfoundland Genealogy Database, providing extended pedigree information for over 550,000 Newfoundlanders. These extended pedigrees enable health researchers to identify relationships among individuals involved in studies or receiving a particular course of treatment, thus helping to determine where genetic links could have an effect on a disease or treatment outcome.




Brian Tom | Biostatistician

Cambridge University


Dr. Brian Tom is a research statistician at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Biostatistics Unit in Cambridge. Prior to this he worked as a consulting statistician and project statistician within the (now defunct)  University of Cambridge Department of Public Health and Primary Care’s Centre for Applied Medical Statistics (CAMS) (1997-2000) and Epidemiology for Policy Group (2000-2001) respectively. He currently leads the Stratified Medicine Initiative at the Unit. Prior to this he worked within Professor Vern Farewell’s programme for “Statistical Modelling: theory and applications” which deals with methods of statistical inference for challenging data structures. Click here to read more about Dr. Tom's work.



Kun Liang | Biostatistician


Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo


Dr. Kun Liang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo. He completed his BE at TsingHua University in China and then completed a PhD at Iowa State University in the US. Dr. Liang's research interests are in large-scale inference, statistical design and analysis of high-throughput genomic data, Bayesian statistics, and Markov chain Monte Carlo models. Click here to learn more about Dr. Liang's work. 


Lihi Eder | Rheumatologist

Women's College Hospital


Dr Eder is a Rheumatologist and Clinician Scientist at Women’s College Research Institute. Dr Eder is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto and Associate Member of the graduate faculty at the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto. Dr Eder is the Director of the Psoriatic Arthritis Research Program and Co-Director of the Cardiology-Rheumatology Ambulatory Program at Women’s College Hospital.

Dr Eder received her MD from Ben Gurion University in Israel, in 2002. Dr Eder completed her PhD studies in genetic epidemiology at the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto, followed by post-doctoral research fellowship at the Centre for Prognosis Studies in the Rheumatic Diseases, Toronto Western Hospital studying the underlying mechanisms of atherosclerosis in psoriatic disease. Click here to read more about Dr. Eder's work.




Igor Jurisica | Computational Biologist

Krembil Research Institute


Dr. Igor Jurisica is a Senior Scientist at the Krembil Research Institute, University Health Network, Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Adjunct Professor at the School of Computer Science, Queen’s University, and a Visiting Scientist at the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies. He earned his Dipl Ing degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Slovak Technical University in 1991, MSc and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Toronto in 1993 and 1998, respectively. He currently holds a TIER I Canada Research Chair in Integrative Cancer Informatics.

Dr Jurisica’s research focuses on integrative computational biology, and representation, analysis and visualization of high dimensional data generated by high-throughput biology experiments, in the context of Cancer Informatics. Of particular interest is the use of comparative analysis for the mining of integrated different datasets such as protein-protein interaction, gene expression profiling, and high-throughput screens for protein crystallization.




Vathany Kulasingam | Clinical Biochemist

Toronto General Research Institute


Dr. Vathany Kulasingam completed her PhD at the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto. Following her PhD, she completed the post-doctoral training diploma program in Clinical Chemistry at the University of Toronto in 2010. Dr. Kulasingam is currently a clinical biochemist at the University Health Network in Toronto, an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry.




Eleftherios Diamandis | Clinical Biochemist

Mount Sinai Hospital, University Health Network

Dr. Diamandis currently serves as Division Head of Clinical Biochemistry at Mount Sinai Hospital and Biochemist-in-Chief at the University Health Network and is Professor & Head, Clinical Biochemistry, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Diamandis received his B.Sc. in Chemistry, Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry and M.D. from the University of Athens, Greece and a Diploma in Clinical Biochemistry from the University of Toronto, Canada. He is a Certified Clinical Chemist by the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry and the American Board of Clinical Chemistry.

Dr. Diamandis is a Member of 45 Journal Advisory Scientific and Editorial Boards, including The Journal of Biological Chemistry, Cancer Research, Molecular Cancer Research, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Clinical Chemistry and Journal of Proteome Research. He has received numerous awards from both national and international organizations. Dr. Diamandis is highlighted for his citation record in the Provincial Government of Ontario document entitled “Ontario’s Innovation Agenda” (2010).




Jerry Lawless | Biostatistician

University of Waterloo

Dr. Jerry Lawless is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo. He received his PhD from the University of Waterloo in 1969 and was a faculty member there from 1972-2007, serving as department chair from 1979-84, and in 1987-88 and 2004-05. His research interests include biostatistics, survival and event history analysis, reliability, and regression methodology. 



Leilei Zeng | Biostatistician

University of Waterloo


Dr. Leilei Zeng was the Graham Trust Chair in Health Statistics at the University of Waterloo (2011-2016). She was also a recipient of the University Faculty Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). She has successfully obtained research grants from NSERC, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Chemical Management Plan of the Government of Canada as the Principle Investigator and the Co-Principle Investigator.  Professor Zeng has been a member of the Committee on Women in Statistics (COWIS) of the Statistics Society of Canada (SSC) and also served as the SSC representative to the Caucus for Women in Statistics and to the COWIS of the American Statistical Association. 


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Patrick Gunning | Medicinal Chemist

University of Toronto Mississauga

Dr. Gunning is a full Professor of Chemistry, a Canada Research chair in Medicinal Chemistry, and the Director of the Centre for Medicinal Chemistry. He has published ~ 100 research papers, won 19 research awards including Canada’s Top 40 under 40, founded three pharmaceutical companies with over $22M in funding, and developed a dynamic and diverse medicinal chemistry program targeting protein-protein interactions, a most challenging of targets.  


Ker-Ai Lee | Biostatistician

University of Waterloo

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