I am a Professor of Statistics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics. My main responsibility is as Director of the Statistical Consulting Centre. I have about 40 years of experience in applied statistical work, and a particular interest in communicating statistical ideas effectively in all I do. I am particularly interested in problem-solving from a statistical perspective. The work which has interested me most has involved a puzzle in some way: why are the data like this? I am also very interested in the use of statistical methods to promote health and well-being in society, and to promote justice. So there has been an emphasis in my consulting on medical and epidemiological research, and, in my expert witness work, on cases where disadvantaged or vulnerable people were seeking justice.
I have written over 300 consulting reports for projects of all sizes, and for clients from business, industry and government. I have acted as an expert witness on statistical matters in many court cases in a variety of jurisdictions. I have a Bachelor of Science (Honours), Master of Science, and a PhD, all in mathematical statistics. I am a member of the Statistical Society of Australia; I was the President of the Victorian Branch Council from 2009 to 2010, and Vice-President in 2008 and 2011, and I am currently the Vice-President of the Statistical Society of Australia nationally. I am an Accredited Statistician (AStat) with the Statistical Society of Australia and a member of the Australasian Epidemiological Association.
I am a Professor of Statistics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics. I have been a Chief Investigator on nationally competitive grants (ARC Discovery, ARC Linkage and NHRMC). I have supervised or co-supervised five PhD students to completion. My 90+ refereed publications have about 3,300 citations and my current h-index is 33 (this means that 33 of my publications have 33 or more citations). My methodological research has been mainly in sample size and meta-analysis; my collaborative research has been in many fields, including cardiac surgery, cancer, cardiovascular research, dentistry, geomatics and social and occupational epidemiology.
My most cited publications (Web of Science) and a brief discussion of their impact are as follows:
Brockwell SE, Gordon IR. A comparison of statistical methods for meta-analysis. Statistics in Medicine, 2001: 20:825 – 840.
363 citations. This paper analysed two common methods for meta-analysis and identified deficiencies in the use of one of these standard methods. It shaped future research in the methodology of meta-analysis.
Day L, Fildes B, Gordon I, Fitzharris M, Flamer H, Lord S. Randomised factorial trial of falls prevention among older people living in their own homes. British Medical Journal 2002 325: 128 – 131.
338 citations. This paper described the results from a randomised trial in the community, looking at potential interventions for preventing falls. I played key roles in the design and analysis of the trial, whose results have been influential in shaping policy for falls prevention.
Some of my publications over the last 5 years:
Buxton BF, Hayward PA, Raman J, Moten SC, Rosalion A, Gordon I, Seevanayagam S, Matalanis G, Benedetto U, Gaudino M, Hare DL. Long-term results of the RAPCO trials. Circulation. 2020 Oct 6;142(14):1330-8. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.119.045427
Berney S, Hopkins RO, Rose JW, Koopman R, Puthucheary Z, Pastva A, Gordon I, Colantuoni E, Parry SM, Needham DM, Denehy L. Functional electrical stimulation in-bed cycle ergometry in
mechanically ventilated patients: a multicentre randomised controlled trial. Thorax 2020. doi:10.1136/thoraxjnl-2020-215093
Wang, M., Huang, Y.‐K., Kong, J.C., Sun, Y., Tantalo, D.G., Yeang, H.X.A., Ying, L., Yan, F., Xu, D., Halse, H., Di Costanzo, N., Gordon, I.R., Mitchell, C., Mackay, L.K., Busuttil, R.A., Neeson, P.J. and Boussioutas, A. High‐dimensional analyses reveal a distinct role of T‐cell subsets in the immune microenvironment of gastric cancer. Clin Transl Immunol, 2020; 9: e1127. doi:10.1002/cti2.1127
Thompson G, Shanahan E, Gordon IR. The role of music-based parent-child play activities in supporting social engagement with children on the autism spectrum: a content analysis of parent interviews. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy 2019 28:2, 108-130.
Edbrooke, L., Aranda, S., Granger, C. L., McDonald, C. F., Krishnasamy, M., Mileshkin, L., Clark, R.A., Gordon, I., Irving, L., Denehy, L. Multidisciplinary home-based rehabilitation in inoperable lung cancer: a randomised controlled trial. Thorax, 2019; 74:787–96.
Davis NE, Gordon IR, Coulson G. The influence of evolutionary history and body size on partitioning of habitat resources by mammalian herbivores in south-eastern Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology 2018, 65:226-239. https://doi.org/10.1071/ZO16075
Timmi A, Coates G, Fortin K, Ackland D, Bryant AL, Gordon IR, Pivonka P. Accuracy of a novel marker tracking approach based on the low-cost Microsoft Kinect v2 sensor. Medical Engineering and Physics 2018 59:63-69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.medengphy.2018.04.020
Berlowitz DJ, Schembri R, Graco M, Ross JM, Ayas N, Gordon I, et al. (+18 other authors). Positive airway pressure for sleep apnoea in acute quadriplegia; a randomised controlled trial. Thorax 2018 http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2018-212319
Professor Ian Gordon
Statistical Consulting Centre
The University of Melbourne
139 Barry Street
+61 3 8344 6995
irg AT unimelb.edu.au