Announcement: Manitoba Statistical and Health Sciences Collab...


Announcement: Manitoba Statistical and Health Sciences Collaborating Centre

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March 30, 2017, 10:35
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Announcement: Manitoba Statistical and Health Sciences Collaborating Centre

Team: Events, Training & News

March 30, 2017, 10:35

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The Manitoba Statistical and Health Sciences (MB-SAHS) Collaborating Centre launches April 1 and will be one of seven newly designated Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute Health Sciences Collaborating Centres across Canada.

The MB-SAHS Collaborating Centre is an initiative of faculty members at the University of Manitoba and is comprised of investigators and trainees committed to collaborative research in Manitoba that bridges the statistical and health sciences disciplines.

The Collaborating Centre will be hosted by the George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) at the University of Manitoba.

Photo of Lisa Lix in hallway at CHI

“I am really excited that CHI has received the designation as a Collaborating Centre, and for the support of colleagues in the Departments of Statistics, Community Health Sciences, and Microbiology and Medical Genetics,” says Lisa Lix, Professor of Biostatistics, Department of Community Health Sciences and Director, Data Science, George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation. “We have already established a strong connection between the health and statistical sciences in Manitoba. This designation and the accompanying seed funding will help us to undertake innovative training to further build these linkages.”

The overall aim of the MB-SAHS Collaborating Centre is to facilitate high-quality collaborative research that engages statistical and health scientists and statistical science trainees. The MB-SAHS Collaborating Centre will support and formalize existing collaborations between the statistical and health sciences in Manitoba and establish new training opportunities.

Objectives of the Collaborating Centre include:

  • Fostering connections between statistical and health sciences researchers who seek to pursue collaborative and integrative research projects;
  • Supporting and initiating technical training activities that will improve the capacity for statistical and health science collaborative and integrative research in Manitoba;
  • Developing trainee professional skills in communication and relationships, responsible conduct of research, and project management, to facilitate trainee participation and leadership for collaborative research projects;
  • Providing funding, as available, to statistical science graduate trainees who will undertake innovative thesis research projects involving applications led by health scientists.

Key activities of the MB-SAHS Collaborating Centre that will be initiated in the coming months include a kick-off event, workshops to promote the development of funding applications, aco-op program and graduate student placements, and student technical skills training and professional development sessions.

The activities of the MB-SAHS Collaborating Centre will be supported by the CHI, which has a well-established structure of administrative staff, project coordinators, and communications and event coordinators to facilitate the development and implementation of training events.  CHI is also Manitoba’s SPOR (Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research) SUPPORT Unit.

The MB-SAHS Collaborating Centre Steering Committee members are:

  • Lisa Lix: Professor of Biostatistics, Department of Community Health Sciences; Director, Data Science, George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation
  • Elif Acar: Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics
  • Pingzhao Hu: Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics and Statistical Genetics, Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics; Lead, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Group, Data Science, George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation
  • Mohammad Jafari Jozani: Associate Professor, Department of Statistics
  • Mahmoud Torabi: Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Department of Community Health Sciences

More information on the Centre’s activities will be available throughout the year at chimb.ca and a kick-off event will take place this fall.