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Members of the Biostatistics and Computational Biology Unit lead and undertake both methodological and applied research.

Biostatistics and Computational Biology Unit
Professor Elisabeth Wells
  • New Zealand Mental Health Survey, Te Rau Hinegaro
  • World Mental Health Survey Initiative Consortium
  • Hauora Manawa, Community Health Study
  • Christchurch Health and Development Study
  • Antidepressant Cessation Trial
Associate Professor Chris Frampton
  • Cardio endocrine research group
  • Canterbury Heart Initiative
  • Modelling and prediction of long-term outcome data
  • Structural equation models for personality constructs
Dr John Pearson
  • Cardio Endocrine Research Group
  • MacKenzie Cancer Research Group
  • Christchurch Health and Development Study
  • Multiple Sclerosis Research Group
  • Canterbury Health Ageing and Lifecourse study (CHALice)
Dr Jonathan Williman
  • Clinical trials
  • Infectious disease epidemiology
  • Hauora Manawa, Community Health Study
Adjunct and Honorary Biostatisticians
Associate Professor John Horwood
  • Christchurch Health and Development Study
  • New Zealand Very Low Birthweight Young Adults
Dr Jim Young
  • Methods and problems arising from longitudinal studies of HIV patients
Dr Patrick Graham
  • Bayesian methods
  • Causal inference
  • Population health
  • Confidentiality
  • Institutional Performance


Please note that some article links may be available only to library subscribers of University of Otago, Christchurch.


Cameron, V., Faatoese, A., Gillies, M., Robertson, P., Huria, T., Doughty, R., Whalley, G., Richards, M., Troughton, R., Tikao-Mason, K., Sheerin, I., Wells, E., & Pitama, S. (2011).How to successfully undertake genetics research in partnership with indigenous Maori communities. Internal Medicine Journal, 41(Suppl. 2), p4. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2011.02486.x

Gale, C. K., Wells, J. E., McGee, M. A., & Oakley-Browne, M. A. (2011). A latent class analysis of psychosis-like experiences in the New Zealand Mental Health Survey. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, Advance Online Publication. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.2011.01707.x

Glubb, D. M., Gearry, R. B., Barclay, M. L., Roberts, R. L., Pearson, J., Keenan, J. I., McKenzie, J., & Bentley, R. W. (2011). NOD2 and ATG16L1 polymorphisms affect monocyte responses in Crohn's disease. World Journal of Gastroenterology, 17(23), 2829-2837. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v17.i23.2829

Harley, J. A., Kennedy, M. A., Doudney, K., Allington, M., Pearson, J., Black, M., & Joyce, P. R. (2011). Antidepressants cause specific changes in the rat peripheral blood transcriptome. Biological Psychiatry, 69(9, Suppl. 1), (p 89S).

Harley, J. A., Wells, J. E., Frampton, C. M. A., & Joyce, P. R. (2011). Bipolar disorder and the TCI: Higher self-transcendence in bipolar disorder compared to major depression. Depression Research and Treatment, 529638. doi: 10.1155/2011/529638

Heppenstall, C. P., Wilkinson, T. J., Hanger, H. C., Keeling, S., & Pearson, J. (2011).Factors related to care home admission in the year following hospitalisation in frail older adults. Age and Ageing, 40(4), 513-527. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afr045

Hudson, B., Toop, L., Mangin, D., & Pearson, J. (2011). Risk communication methods in hip fracture prevention: A randomised trial in primary care. British Journal of General Practice, 61(589), e469-e476. doi: 10.3399/bjgp11X588439

Melzer, T. R., Watts, R., MacAskill, M. R., Pearson, J. F., Rüeger, S., Pitcher, T. L., Livingston, L., Graham, C., Keenan, R., ..., Dalrymple-Alford, J. C., & Anderson, T. J. (2011). Arterial spin labelling reveals an abnormal cerebral perfusion pattern in Parkinson's disease. Brain, 134(3), 845-855. doi: 10.1093/brain/awq377

Merikangas, K. R., Jin, R., He, J-P., ..., Wells, J. E., & Zarkov, Z. (2011). Prevalence and correlates of bipolar spectrum disorder in the World Mental Health Survey Initiative. Archives of General Psychiatry, 68(3), 241-251. doi: 10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2011.12

Pitama, S., Wells, J. E., Faatoese, A., Tikao-Mason, K., Robertson, P., Huria, T., Gillies, T., Doughty, R., Whalley, G., Troughton, R., Sheerin, I., Richards, M., & Cameron, V. A. (2011). A Kaupapa Māori approach to a community cohort study of heart disease in New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 35(3), 249-255. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2011.00702.x

Scott-Thomas, A., Pearson, J., & Chambers, S. (2011). Potential sources of 2-aminoacetophenone to confound the Pseudomonas aeruginosa breath test, including analysis of a food challenge study. Journal of Breath Research, 5(4), 046002. doi: 10.1088/1752-7155/5/4/046002

Sellman, J. D., Connor, J. L., Wells, J. E., & Joyce, P. R. (2011). The heavy drinking culture is primarily an adult issue: Not what you read in the newspapers. [Letter]. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 45(4), 344. doi: 10.3109/00048674.2011.557650

Vissers, M. C. M., Bozonet, S. M., Pearson, J. F., & Braithwaite, L. J. (2011). Dietary ascorbate intake affects steady state tissue concentrations in vitamin C-deficient mice: Tissue deficiency after suboptimal intake and superior bioavailability from a food source (kiwifruit). American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 93, 292-301. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.110.004853

Volkova, E., Willis, J. A., Wells, J. E., Robinson, B. A., Dachs, G. U., & Currie, M. J. (2011). Association of angiopoietin-2, C-reactive protein and markers of obesity and insulin resistance with survival outcome in colorectal cancer. British Journal of Cancer, 104, 51-59. doi: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6606005

Wells, J. E., Haro, J. M., Karam, E., Lee, S., Lepine, J-P., Medina-Mora, M. E., et al. (2011). Cross-national comparisons of sex differences in opportunities to use alcohol or drugs, and the transitions to use. Substance Use & Misuse, Advance Online Publication. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2011.553659

Wells, J. E., McGee, M. A., & Beautrais, A. L. (2011). Multiple aspects of sexual orientation: Prevalence and sociodemographic correlates in a New Zealand National Survey. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40(1), 155-168. doi: 10.1007/s10508-010-9636-x

Wells, J. E., McGee, M. A., & Beautrais, A. L. (2011). Rejoinder to Treharne, Brickell, and Chinn (2011) [Letter to the Editor]. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40(4), 667-669. doi: 10.1007/s10508-011-9774-9

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