Dr Koen Simons obtained a masters degree in Physics form the University of Gent and a masters degree in Statistics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, focussing on sparsity and shrinkage estimators. He completed his PhD at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, performing simulation studies of ensemble methods with applications for short-term health effects of air pollution.
He is currently providing biostatistical advise for both clinical trials and epidemiological studies at Western Health and RMIT, and applying causal inference models to problems in health equity.
He has a preference for free/open software, R and C++; he is interested in measurement error, ensembles, causal inference and spatial statistics.
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Predicting And Preventing Child Removals And Optimising The Child Protection System For Ab..
The impact of cultural and linguistic diversity on hospital readmission in patients hospit..
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Predicting And Preventing Child Removals And Optimising The Child Protection System For Aboriginal Children In Partnership With Aboriginal Communities And Health Services
Aboriginal children are over-represented in out-of-home care and at every stage of the child protection process. This study will examine I) ..
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Displaying the 33 most recent scholarly works by Koen Simons.
Walking the boundaries: using the 6-min walk test for accurate assessment of the level of fitness in breast clinic outpatients
Lei Ying, Jeong-Moh John Yahng, Melanie Fisher, Koen Simons, Sophie Nightingale
Journal article | 2020 | ANZ Journal of Surgery
BACKGROUND: Healthy levels of physical activity and improved fitness have shown better quality of life outcomes and improved survi..
Cold snare piecemeal EMR of large sessile colonic polyps >= 20 mm (with video)
Dileep Mangira, Karla Cameron, Koen Simons, Simon Zanati, Richard LaNauze, Spiro Raftopoulos, Gregor Brown, Alan Moss
Journal article | 2020 | Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Conventional EMR using a hot snare is the standard of care for resection of large (≥20 mm) nonmalignant sessi..
The impact of cultural and linguistic diversity on hospital readmission in patients hospitalized with acute heart failure
Michael Seman, Bill Karanatsios, Koen Simons, Roman Falls, Neville Tan, Chiew Wong, Christopher Barrington-Brown, Nicholas Cox, Christopher J Neil
Journal article | 2020 | European Heart Journal - Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes
AIMS: Health services worldwide face the challenge of providing care for increasingly culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD)..
Circulating Tumor DNA Analyses as Markers of Recurrence Risk and Benefit of Adjuvant Therapy for Stage III Colon Cancer
Jeanne Tie, Joshua D Cohen, Yuxuan Wang, Michael Christie, Koen Simons, Margaret Lee, Rachel Wong, Suzanne Kosmider, Sumitra Ananda, Joseph McKendrick, Belinda Lee, Jin Hee Cho, Ian Faragher, Ian T Jones, Janine Ptak, Mary J Schaeffer, Natalie Silliman, Lisa Dobbyn, Lu Li, Cristian Tomasetti, et al.
Journal article | 2019 | JAMA Oncology
Importance: Adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with stage III colon cancer prevents recurrence by eradicating minimal residual dise..
DAILY WALKING AMONG COMMUTERS: A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY OF ASSOCIATIONS WITH RESIDENTIAL, WORK AND REGIONAL ACCESSIBILITY IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (2012-2014)
Alison Barr, Suzanne Mavoa, Hannah Badland, Billie Giles-Corti, Jan Scheurer, Koen Simons, Lizzie Korevaar, Joshua Stewart, Rebecca Bentley
Conference Proceedings | 2019 | JOURNAL OF TRANSPORT & HEALTH
Daily Walking among Commuters: A Cross-Sectional Study of Associations with Residential, Work, and Regional Accessibility in Melbourne, Australia (2012-2014)
Alison Barr, Koen Simons, Suzanne Mavoa, Hannah Badland, Billie Giles-Corti, Jan Scheurer, Elizabeth Korevaar, Josh Stewart, Rebecca Bentley
Journal article | 2019 | Environmental Health Perspectives
Circulating tumor DNA as a potential marker of adjuvant chemotherapy benefit following surgery for localized pancreatic cancer
B Lee, L Lipton, J Cohen, J Tie, AA Javed, L Li, D Goldstein, M Burge, P Cooray, A Nagrial, NC Tebbutt, B Thomson, M Nikfarjam, M Harris, A Haydon, B Lawrence, DWM Tai, K Simons, AM Lennon, CL Wolfgang, et al.
Journal article | 2019 | Annals of Oncology
BACKGROUND: In early-stage pancreatic cancer, there are currently no biomarkers to guide selection of therapeutic options. This pr..
Reflection on modern methods: when worlds collide-prediction, machine learning and causal inference.
Tony Blakely, John Lynch, Koen Simons, Rebecca Bentley, Sherri Rose
Journal article | 2019 | International Journal of Epidemiology
Causal inference requires theory and prior knowledge to structure analyses, and is not usually thought of as an arena for the appl..
DETECTION AND MANAGEMENT OF CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE AND DIABETES WITH E-TECHNOLOGY BASED INTERVENTION: ANALYSIS OF THE CHRONIC DISEASE EARLY DETECTION AND IMPROVED MANAGEMENT IN PRIMARY CARE PROJECT (CD IMPACT)
Julia Jones, Natalie Lumsden, Koen Simons, Sanduni Fernando, Christopher Neil, Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis, Peter Hamblin, Edward Janus, Craig Nelson
Conference Proceedings | 2019 | NEPHROLOGY DIALYSIS TRANSPLANTATION
Serial circulating tumour DNA analysis during multimodality treatment of locally advanced rectal cancer: a prospective biomarker study
Jeanne Tie, Joshua D Cohen, Yuxuan Wang, Lu Li, Michael Christie, Koen Simons, Hany Elsaleh, Suzanne Kosmider, Rachel Wong, Desmond Yip, Margaret Lee, Tran Ben, David Rangiah, Matthew Burge, David Goldstein, Madhu Singh, Iain Skinner, Ian Faragher, Matthew Croxford, Carolyn Bampton, et al.
Journal article | 2019 | Gut
A feasibility study to investigate post-operative oxygen consumption (POpOC) after colorectal surgery requiring bowel resection.
HE Taylor, K Simons, C Willmott, RER Smith, DEP Bramley
Journal article | 2019 | Pilot and Feasibility Studies
Background: Oxygen consumption after surgery is increased in response to the tissue trauma sustained intra-operatively and the sub..
Childhood leukaemia near nuclear sites in Belgium, 2002-2008
Kaatje Bollaerts, Koen Simons, Lodewijk Van Bladel, Tom De Smedt, Michel Sonck, Sebastien Fierens, Andre Poffijn, David Geraets, Pol Gosselin, Herman Van Oyen, Julie Francart, An Van Nieuwenhuyse
Journal article | 2018 | European Journal of Cancer Prevention
Comparative long-term trend analysis of daily weather conditions with daily pollen concentrations in Brussels, Belgium
Nicolas Bruffaerts, Tom De Smedt, Andy Delcloo, Koen Simons, Lucie Hoebeke, Caroline Verstraeten, An Van Nieuwenhuyse, Ann Packeu, Marijke Hendrickx
Journal article | 2018 | International Journal of Biometeorology
Using spatial measures to test a conceptual model of social infrastructure that supports health and wellbeing
Melanie Davern, Lucy Gunn, Carolyn Whitzman, Carl Higgs, Billie Giles-Corti, Koen Simons, Karen Villanueva, Suzanne Mavoa, Rebecca Roberts, Hannah Badland
Journal article | 2017 | Cities & Health
Short-term health effects in the general population following a major train accident with acrylonitrile in Belgium
K Simons, T De Smedt, C Stove, P De Paepe, M Bader, B Nemery, C Vleminckx, K De Cremer, I Van Overmeire, S Fierens, B Mertens, T Goeen, T Schettgen, H Van Oyen, J Van Loco, A Van Nieuwenhuyse
Journal article | 2016 | Environmental Research
The Cytome Assay as a Tool to Investigate the Possible Association Between Exposure to Extremely Low Frequency Magnetic Fields and an Increased Risk for Alzheimer's Disease
Annemarie Maes, Roel Anthonissen, Sheleen Wambacq, Koen Simons, Luc Verschaeve
Journal article | 2016 | Journal of Alzheimer's Disease
Thyroid cancer incidence around the Belgian nuclear sites: Surrogate exposure modelling
Kaatje Bollaerts, Michel Sonck, Koen Simons, Sebastien Fierens, Andre Poffijn, Lodewijk Van Bladel, David Geraets, Pol Gosselin, Herman Van Oyen, Julie Francart, An Van Nieuwenhuyse
Journal article | 2015 | Cancer Epidemiology
Prevalence of mineralocorticoid antagonist prescription after ST-elevation myocardial infarction with impaired left ventricular function: a single centre experience. (Preprint)
Kawa Haji, Joshua Wong, Chiew Wong, Koen Simons, Nicholas Cox, Michael Seman, Matthew Pitkins, Christopher Neil
BACKGROUND Evidence suggests long term benefit from angiotensin converting enzyme inhibition (ACE-I) or an..
Melbourne School Of Population And Global Health
Statistical Society of Australia (SSA)
Doctor in Medical Sciences
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Master of Science in Statistics
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Master of Science in Physics
Bachelor of Science in Physics