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John Carlin

Professor In Biostatistics
Melbourne School Of Population And Global Health
biostatistical methods
population health
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
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John Carlin

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John Carlin


Professor Carlin has an international reputation in the field of biostatistics, which is the discipline underpinning the use of statistical methods for designing and analysing quantitative studies in health and medical research. His experience spans a wide range of application areas, especially relating to child and adolescent health research (including allergy and asthma, cystic fibrosis, cardiac disease, neonatology, rotavirus disease, vaccines, and adolescent mental health and behaviour) while his methodological research has focussed on methods for handling incompleteness in data and (more recently) causal inference.

He has strong interests in the public and scientific usage and understanding of statistical methods and concepts (such as the widely misunderstood idea of "statistical significance") and also has long-standing interests in Bayesian statistical methods. Prof. Carlin has been based mainly at the Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne) campus since 1991, with a primary appointment as Director of the Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit within the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (also supported by the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics), along with a conjoint appointment in the University of Melbourne’s School of Population & Global Health since 2002. In the latter role he established the Master of Biostatistics program at the University of Melbourne, in conjunction with the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia, which he co-founded. Since 2012 he has also led the Victorian Centre for Biostatistics (ViCBiostat), a collaboration between the MCRI, University of Melbourne and Monash University, which was established under a Centre of Research Excellence grant from the National Health & Medical Research Council to conduct research and provide advanced training in biostatistics.


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Professor In Biostatistics

Melbourne School Of Population And Global Health


Paediatrics Royal Children'S Hospital

Program Committee, 24th Annual Conference, London 2003

International Society for Clinical Biostatistics

Program Committees, International Biometrics Conferences, 2000, 2004

International Biometrics Society

Member, Program Committee 2007

Australasian Epidemiological Association

Member, Asc2008 Program Committee

Statistical Society of Australia, Inc


Doctor of Philosophy

Harvard University

Bachelor of Science (honours)

The University of Western Australia