1997 - 2001 University of Reading, UK
Ph.D. in Applied Statistics: 'Representation Bias in Field Experiments for Airborne Plant Pathogens'

1996 - 1997 University of Southampton, UK
M.Sc. in Statistics with Applications in Medicine
(Project: 'Multiple Testing: A Power Comparison of a Class of Closed Tests')

1992 - 1996 University of Exeter, UK
B.Sc. (HONS) in Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics



2014 - Present University of Calgary, Canada
Associate Professor, Biostatistics

2011 - 2014 University of Guelph, Canada
Associate Professor, Statistics

2006 - 2011 University of Guelph, Canada
Associate Professor, Statistics

2005 - 2006 University of Cambridge, UK
Research Associate/Statistician at the Cambridge Infectious Diseases Consortium

2003 - 2005 University of Cambridge, UK
Postdoctoral Research Associateship in Bayesian MCMC and Epidemiology
(supervised by Prof. Stever Brooks)

2001 - 2003 University of Warwick, UK
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Multivariate Time Series and Graphical Models
(supervised by Prof. Henry Wynn)



MCMC, Bayesian inference and computational statistics

Infectious disease epidemiology

Spatial epidemiology, ecology and biometrics

Experimental design (inter-plot interference, optimality)

Statistical learning (e.g. classification)

Disease surveillance




Funding Body Start Date Duration Position on Grant Award (RD's) Name (brief)
NSERC 05/2015 5 years Principal investigator $125,000 Statistical inference and planning for complex infectious disease systems
Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI) 01/2017 3 years Co-Principal investigator $10,000 Rocky Mountain Data Science Centre
The Arthritis Society 09/2016 3 years Co-Principal investigator $180,000 Bridging the Evidence Gap: Understanding Patient and Physician Choices for Treatment in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis
CIHR 09/2015 4 years Co-investigator $342,691 Bridging the Evidence Gap: Understanding Patient and Physician Choices for Treatment in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis
CIHR 03/2017 1 year Co-investigator $99,724 Establishing the foundation for a patient-centered pragmatic registry-randomized trial of treatment tapering in rheumatoid arthritis
Swine Innovation Porc 01/2015 2 years Co-Principal investigator $343,306 Dynamics of influenza infection in swine populations
OMAFRA 09/2014 3 years Principal investigator $56,000 Complex mathematical and statistical modeling of between-farm disease transmission in the Ontario swine industry
OMAFRA 08/2017 3 years Co-Principal investigator $63,000 Efficient inference of infectious disease transmission models which incorporate genomic data
Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI) 01/2016 1 year Co-Applicant $19,900 Novel Probabilistic Methods for Decision Support Systems for Food Security in Canada
NSERC 05/2010 5 years Principal investigator $75,000 Individual-level models for infectious disease spread
OMAFRA 09/2012 3 years Co-Principal investigator $63,000 Stochastic approximations of individual-level infectious disease models
OMAFRA 09/2012 3 years Principal investigator $99,500 The design and analysis of experiments and observational studies on infectious disease spread in the livestock industries
OMAFRA 09/2012 3 years Co-investigator $82,500 Development of risk-based and consequence-based approached to surveillance in swine populations using PRRS virus as a model
OMAFRA 09/2012 2 years Co-Principal investigator $34,600 Infectious disease transmission models that incorporate network uncertainty
NSERC 01/2012 1 year Co-Principal investigator $36,130 Computational Statistics and Computational Mathematics with Applications in Biology and Physics
Canadian Swine Health Board 09/2010 3 years Co-investigator $225,000 Evaluation of disease/infection control in animal diseases
OMAFRA 09/2010 3 years Co-Principal investigator $55,600 The interplay between spatial- and network-based infectious disease models
CFI 01/2009 5 years Co-Principal investigator $185,582 Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses
OMAFRA 09/2009 4 years Co-investigator $25,000 Understanding the spatial and temporal spread and clinical signs associated with various genotypes of the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) in Ontario
OMAFRA 09/2009 4 years Principal investigator $140,000 Spatial and Network Individual-levels Models of Infectious Disease Spread within a Bayesian Statistical Framework via Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC)
OMAFRA 09/2009 3 years Co-Principal investigator $55,600 Using scoring rules to detect poor model fit in infectious disease models
NSERC 05/2007 3 years Principal investigator $36,000 The spatio-temporal analysis of infectious diseases




Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society

Member of the American Statistical Association

Member of the Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Member of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics

Member of the International Biometric Society

Member of the International Environmetrics Society

Member of the International Society of Bayesian Analysis (ISBA)

Member of the Statistical Society of Canada




BMC Veterinary Research

Equine Veterinary Journal


Epidemiology and Infection

Journal of the Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics

Journal of Applied Statistics

Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A

Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series C

Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences


Statistics & Computing

Statistics in Medicine

University of Calgary

Department of Production Animal Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science

Calgary, Alberta T2N 4Z6 CANADA

Phone: +1 (403) 210-7985

Email: robert.deardon[at]ucalgary.ca