The McGill Statistical Consulting Service began operation on
January 3rd, 2000. Its broad mandate is to provide statistical advice to University faculty, staff, and graduate students, as well as to the McGill-affiliated research centres and hospitals.
Our main goal is to enhance the quality of research at McGill by providing
expert advice on the optimal way to collect data and on how to analyze these
data once they have been collected. Faculty on either the downtown McGill
campus or the MacDonald College campus as well as at McGill teaching hospitals
can use the SCS for the preparation of grant proposals, for their ongoing research, as well as
for the revision of manuscripts. Graduate students across campus are invited to consult the SCS while conducting their thesis research.
Education of graduate students
Our second, but no less important aim is to educate graduate students in
statistics and biostatistics by giving them consulting experience either as part of our Statistical Consulting course (see below) or as a component of their research assistantships. They should learn how to use statistical software packages, how to design studies, how to communicate with clients, to write reports, and, above all, how to perform appropriate analyses on a variety of different data sets. In addition, such consulting services often provide a source of research topics for both students and faculty who specialize in statistics.
Statistical Consulting Course
The SCS serves as a training ground for graduate students registered in our Statistical Consulting course (189-685D). Through this course, students acquire effective communication skills and learn to identify statistical procedures that are most commonly used in consulting. By actively participating in consulting sessions held by the SCS, students in this course can acquire hands-on experience in consulting.
Some past and current SCS projects
Ski, Snowboarding and Snowblade Injuries in Eastern Canada
Needle Transmoycardial Revascularization for Non-Bypassable Coronary Arteries
Are Montreal IDU at Risk for Clostridial Infection Through Injection Practices?
Estrogen Replacement Therapy and Cognitive Decline
The Obstetric Implications of Low-Lying Placentas Diagnosed in the Second Trimester
Hun and Hende: Kierkegaard's Relation to Regine