Introducing @lylegurrin teaching and research academic in biostatistics

Lyle Gurrin is a Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Melbourne’s School of Population and Global Health, where he started as a Senior Lecturer in 2003. He has previously taught introductory statistics to postgraduate students in epidemiology, public health and medicine, but now concentrates on developing material for the Master of Biostatistics. This course, which trains the next generation of biostatisticians, is available both online through the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia and on campus at the University of Melbourne. The current challenge is how best to use technology to make the transition from what was an entirely online asynchronous environment to blended synchronous learning, especially how face-to-face role playing exercises involving consultant and client or statistician and research collaborator are best represented virtually instead of “in real life”.


Heller GZ, Forbes AB, Dear KBG, Jobling E for the BCA writing group Carlin JB, D’Este K, Dobson A, Gurrin LC, Marschner I, Moore H, Ryan P, Simpson JM. (2008). Biostatistics @ Distance: A Model for Successful Multi-Institutional Delivery. The American Statistician, 62(4), 321-328.

Simpson JM, Ryan P, Carlin JB, Gurrin LC, Marschner I for the BCA writing group. (2009). Training a new generation of biostatisticians: a successful consortium model. Journal of Statistical Education, 17(2).

Simpson JA, Forbes AB, Wolfe R, Gurrin LC, Lee KJ, Schuster T, Vukcevic D, Kasza J, Moreno-Betancur M, Zaloumis SG, DeLivera A, Nguyen CD, Karahalios A, McKenzie J, Milanzi E, Carlin JB. (2016). Upskilling the epidemiological workforce with advanced biostatistics training: the ViCBiostat Summer School. Australasian Epidemiologist, July 2016, 23(1), 26-28.

Vukcevic D, Finch S, Gurrin LC, Moreno Betancur M, Carlin JB, Gordon IR. (2021). Steering students past the “true model myth”. 10th Australian Conference on Teaching Statistics (OZCOTS), 5th – 9th July, 2021.