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Robert W. Platt

Robert W. Platt, PhD

Clinical Epidemiology

Causal inference, Data science, High-dimensional data, Perinatal Epidemiology, Pharmacoepidemiology, Prediction models, Statistical methods
  • Senior Investigator, Center for Clinical Epidemiology, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research
  • Albert Boehringer I Chair, Departments of Pediatrics and of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University
  • Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health, McGill University
  • Senior Scientist, Child Health and Human Development Program, Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Research Institute of the McGill University

Contact details

(514) 340-8222 ext. 28683

Assistant contact details

  • John Johnston,
    Research Administrative Assistant
    (514) 340-7563


Prof. Robert W. Platt is the Principal Investigator of the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies (CNODES), which provides timely and high-quality responses to queries on drug utilization, safety, and effectiveness from Health Canada and other federal and provincial stakeholders. The CNODES team includes over 100 researchers from across Canada.

I have an ongoing research program in development of statistical methods for pharmacoepidemiology and perinatal epidemiology. My current work focuses on generalizability and transportability of results in multi-database settings like CNODES.

Major Research Activities

My research focuses on statistical methods for epidemiologic research. Many statistical tools were not designed to address challenges of modern epidemiology, and are ill-suited for modern research. We would like to infer causation in complex problems, and we deal regularly with “big data” (e.g., large administrative databases of health care utilization). Traditional statistical methods can give biased or inefficient results in these situations. My team develops methods to address these problems and implements and evaluates these new methods in research problems in perinatal epidemiology and in drug safety.

Recent Publications and References