Research Overview

In the modern world of 'Big Data', researchers in population health and clinical medicine need to make sense of large amounts of data from a wide range of sources. Biostatistics is the discipline that underpins the use of statistical methods in the collection, preparation and analysis of data for research studies. It provides an essential foundation for much health research.

The Biostatistics Unit has an integrated program of methodological and collaborative research with networks of collaboration across the School, the Faculty and affiliated hospitals and institutes, as well as providing statistical training to build a skilled research workforce. Our group delivers the Master of Biostatistics(with the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia, BCA), as well as leading biostatistics teaching within the Master of Public Health and Master of Science (Epidemiology). We also established and lead the Biostatistics node of the Methods and Implementation Support for Clinical and Health research (MISCH) Hub, with the goal of strengthening clinical research across the University of Melbourne and its affiliated Hospitals.


Professor Julie Simpson (unit head)

Sabine Braat

Professor John Carlin

Dr Anurika De Silva

Dr Angela Devine

Dr Saber Dini

Professor Lyle Gurrin

Dr John Holmes

Dr Emily Karahalios

Dr Digsu Koye

Dr Karen Lamb

Dr Robert Mahar

Dr Myra McGuiness

Fiona McManus

Vanessa Pac Soo

Dr David Price

Dr Megha Rajasekhar

Associate Professor Agus Salim

Dr Koen Simons

Dr Sophie Zaloumis


We collaborate on numerous clinical trials and epidemiological studies. We lead research in the development, application and interpretation of sophisticated statistical methods, including causal inference methods for observational studies, methods for handling missing data, approaches to synthesis data across a network of treatments (i.e. network meta-analysis), applied Bayesian methods, and novel experimental design and analysis for clinical trials.

Since 2012, our unit has co-led — along with units at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and Monash University — the Victorian Centre for Biostatistics (ViCBiostat), a Centre of Research Excellence in Biostatistics funded by the NHMRC.

Research Projects

Faculty Research Themes

School Research Themes

Data science, health metrics and disease modeling

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Unit Head Professor Julie Simpson

Department / Centre

Melbourne School of Population and Global Health , Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Unit / Centre


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