Associate Professor Lyle C. Gurrin is a biostatistician whose research interests lie in the discovery of modifiable risk factors for common, complex conditions that compromise the health and wellbeing in both early and later life. Prior to his appointment at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health (MSPGH) in July 2003, A/Prof Gurrin spent five years at King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women in Perth as a full-time research biostatistician, adjunct lecturer in the UWA Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Research Fellow at the Women and Infants Research Foundation. He trained in pure mathematics, statistics and computing science at UWA, at the ABS in Canberra and at the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and the TVW Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (now the Telethon Kids Institute) in Perth where he completed his PhD in Biostatistics in 1999.
A/Prof Gurrin has extensive experience in applying methods for longitudinal and correlated data in cohort studies, which encompasses his work on genetic association studies in families, twins and unrelated individuals. He promotes sound epidemiology, emerging biostatistical methods and the principles of causal inference through teaching biostatistics to postgraduate coursework students at the MSPGH and the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA), and as a CI of the NHMRC-funded Victorian Centre for Biostatistics (ViCBiostat). He has taught short courses on biostatistics in Australia, Scandinavia and California. A/Prof Gurrin is an Accredited Statistician (AStat) and a past president (2013-2014) of the Victorian Branch of the Statistical Society of Australia.
Recently A/Prof Gurrin's research focus has been on statistical methods for Causal Inference, including Mediation Analysis, and the emulation of results from randomised controlled trials using data from observation studies. He does this in collaboration with colleagues in ViCBiostat in Melbourne, and the