1982 Harvard Menzies Scholar
Scholarship biography (at time of award)
John Carlin was awarded the scholarship to complete a PhD within the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.
Studied at: Harvard University
Professor John Carlin has a national and international reputation in biostatistics, the science of developing and applying statistical methods to problems in health and medical research. This field is increasingly recognised as fundamental to modern research because of rapidly increasing technological capacity to accumulate and manipulate complex numerical data, in the face of which deep understanding of the theory and application of statistical methods has become ever more important.
After completing a PhD in Statistics at Harvard University, John began a career in medical and public health research. As Director of the Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit at Murdoch Childrens, he has played a leading role developing one of Australia's leading biostatistical centres. This unit has developed a broad program of work encompassing basic training in clinical research methods, collaborative contributions to a wide range of clinical and population health research, with a growing focus on paediatric clinical trials and its own methodological research program.
In addition to his role within Murdoch Childrens, Professor Carlin has a professorial appointment in the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Melbourne School of Population & Global Health, University of Melbourne. His international standing in the core discipline of statistics is attested by co-authorship of an influential graduate-level textbook with colleagues from Harvard University (Bayesian Data Analysis, 3rd edition 2014). He has over 300 scientific publications across a wide range of topics in statistical methodology and in numerous substantive clinical and public health areas.