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I am a Professor of Statistics in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo and hold cross-appointments at the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo and the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. From 2005 to 2019, I held a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Statistical Methods for Health Research, and I am now a Faculty of Mathematics Research Chair.

I completed a BSc in Statistics at McMaster University, and a Master's in Mathematics and a PhD in Statistics at the University of Waterloo. My research interests include the analysis of life history data, the design and analysis of clinical and epidemiological studies, and statistical methods for incomplete data. Areas of collaboration in health research include autoimmune disease, transfusion medicine and public health research more broadly.

Education

1993 PhD (Statistics), University of Waterloo
1989 MMath (Statistics), University of Waterloo
1988 BSc (Statistics), McMaster University

Academic Appointments

2020 - Present University Professor, University of Waterloo
The University of Waterloo recognizes exceptional scholarly achievement and international pre-eminence through the designation University Professor. Once appointed, a faculty member retains the designation until retirement.
2019 - 2024 Faculty of Mathematics Research Chair, Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Waterloo
2012 - 2019 Tier I Canada Research Chair (Renewal), Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Waterloo
2005 - 2012 Tier I Canada Research Chair, Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Waterloo
2003 - Present Professor, Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Waterloo
2016 - 2018 Associate Chair of Research, Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Waterloo
2012 - 2014 Associate Chair, Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Waterloo
1998 - 2003 Associate Professor (Tenured), Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Waterloo
1996 - 1998 Assistant Professor, Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Waterloo
1993 - 1995 Research Assistant Professor, Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Waterloo
2018 - Present Affiliate Researcher, Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute, University of Waterloo
2010 - 2019 Affiliate Senior Scientist, Propel Center for Population Health Impact, University of Waterloo
2012 - Present Professor, Cross-Appointment, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo
2005 - 2012 Professor, Cross-Appointment, Department of Health Studies and Gerontology, University of Waterloo
1995 - 1996 Assistant Professor (Joint Appointment), Statistics and Actuarial Science/Health Studies and Gerontology, University of Waterloo
2016 - Present Scientist, McMaster Centre for Transfusion Research, McMaster University
2016 - Present Professor, Part-time Appointment, Department of Health Research, Methods and Impact, McMaster University
2005 - 2016 Professor, Part-time Appointment, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University

Honours, Awards and Distinctions

2017 Gold Medalist, Statistical Society of Canada
2017 Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision, University of Waterloo
2008 Fellow, American Statistical Association
2007 Centre de Recherches Mathematiques Prize, Statistical Society of Canada
2000 - 2005 CIHR Investigator, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
1999 - 2004 Premier's Research Excellence Award, Ontario Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology and GlaxoWellcome
1999 Best Paper of the Year Award, Canadian Journal of Statistics
1996 - 2000 MRC Scholar Award, Medical Research Council of Canada

Distinguished Lectures

2019 Scandinavian Journal of Statistics Keynote Lecturer, Nordic-Baltic Meeting of the International Biometrics Society, Vilnius, Lithuania
2017 Distinguished Lecturer, Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI)
2016 Armitage Lecturer, MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge Institute for Public Health, University of Cambridge, U.K.
2016 Yakovlev Lecturer, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology, University of Rochester, U.S.

Creation of Innovative Graduate Training Programs

Founding Chair, Biopharmaceutical Statistics Graduate Training Program (1999 - 2006)

I served as the University of Waterloo lead in the creation of a partnership between UWaterloo and GlaxoSmithKline to support a graduate training initiative involving the placement of graduate interns into pharmaceutical positions, a scholarship program supporting UWaterloo Biostatistics graduate students conducint research in pharmaceutical statistics, and a monthly technical seminar series for trainees and statisticians in the pharmaceutical industry.

Founding Chair, Biostatistical and Methods Innovation Group, CANNeCTIN Network (2008 - 2010)

Through a partnership with the Population Health Research Institute (McMaster University), this methodology training program involved graduate trainees from McGill, Ottawa, Toronto, McMaster and the UWaterloo. Each year a total of $150,000 in CIHR funding was allocated to biostatistics graduate students doing research relevant to cardiovascular disease. A regular seminars was also held to encourage the exchange of ideas between the medical and statistical research communities across the province and to and foster interdisciplinary collaboration.

Founding Chair, Biostatistics Training Initiative (2010 - 2020)

I planned served as founding director of a graduate training program designed to create graduates from the UW Biostatistics program who are well-equipped with the knowledge to work effectively in teams addressing current challenges in cancer research. This program was desgined to address an unmet need of statistical support expressed by the oncology research community and was funded by the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR). Over the first 10 years during which I led (2010 - 2015) or co-led with Greg Pond of McMaster University (2015 - 2020) this program, scores of students completed eight-month internships in cancer research centers in Ontari,o with many taking on positions in cancer research upon graduation.

 
Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Tel: (519) 888-4567 ext. 35549        Fax: (519) 746-1875        Email: rjcook at uwaterloo.ca