Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Hospital

Dr. Binns is a Statistician-Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest and Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.  He co-leads the biostatistics and neuroinformatics group for ONDRI and leads a team working on processes and techniques for data monitoring and homologation, specialized dimension alignment techniques for multivariate detection of anomalous observations, and methods for characterizing spatial, temporal, multimodality biometric features of functional cognition.

His research is focused on methods and processes for translating observations into knowledge.  Research areas are informed by the embedding of statistical thinking into how studies are developed and designed; how data are collected and prepared; and how they are analyzed and interpreted leads to research opportunities.  Modifications to randomization plans can lead to more efficient balance of clinical and demographic characteristics in smaller clinical trials. New detection methods for observations that appear usual along a single measure but suspicious across several can identify recording errors, illuminate new perspectives, and signal human diversity. Developing new analytic approaches can highlight potentially impermanent natural relationships between and among measures of memory, attention, mood, imaging, movement, biochemical substances in the blood, and nutrition.  The return on this biostatical research is better quality, nuance, and efficiency of brain health discovery based on quantitative evidence.