Joan Hu Awarded Major Grant from CANSSI

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is proud to announce that Professor Joan Hu is part of a team that has been awarded a major grant from the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI). Joan and her colleagues, Robert Platt from McGill and Grace Yi from Waterloo, were awarded $180,000 for their Collaborative Research Team Project, Statistical Analysis of Large Administrative Health Databases: Emerging Challenges and Strategies. The grant will fund research personnel and other costs associated with research on statistical issues arising in the use of administrative databases for health research.

"Administrative health data" refers to information recorded in the process of administering healthcare to patients. These patient records are often incomplete.  Details can vary among hospitals and clinics, and even among health-care providers at the same location. Trying to identify important relationships in the data, especially causal ones, is extraordinarily difficult due to this massive heterogeneity and the complexity of the phenomena being studied. The research performed by Joan and her collaborators will generate new knowledge and evidence for strategies to inform policy-making and guide practice for healthier communities.

Joan has been at SFU since 2003.  Her research into statistical methodology for problems in healthcare and medicine have earned her prestigious awards, such as being named Fellow of the American Statistical Association and being awarded a Discovery Accelerator Supplement from the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada.