Position:
Senior Biostatistician, Rick Hansen Institute
Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia
Division:
Neurology
Research Interests:
  • Statistical theory: Artificial Neural Networks, Machine learning, Multi-state Transition Model
  • Applications: Healthy aging, Alzheimer’s and dementia, Spinal Cord Injury
Research Summary:

I am a researcher in neuroscience with background and expertise in machine learning, biostatistics, and epidemiology. Artificial intelligence and machine learning methodology are my predominant areas of interest. For my MSc and PhD theses, I used machine learning methodology to find nonlinear patterns in data. My thesis work demonstrated that emphasizing the non-linearity of variables may provide new insight into the possible explanation of disease risk factors. My career goal is to establish and develop an interdisciplinary research programme of healthy aging and patient outcomes among people with specific health conditions such as spinal cord injury.

For more details, please visit: https://blogs.ubc.ca/naderfallah2/

Education:
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 2012, Postdoctoral Fellow
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, 2011, Postdoctoral Fellow
Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, 2008, PhD in Biostatistics
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, 2007, Visiting PhD Student
International Centre for Theoretical Physic, Trieste, Italy, 2003, Visiting PhD Student
Recent Publications:
  • Link to https://blogs.ubc.ca/naderfallah2/publications/
Awards & Recognition:
  •  2019 -A Novel Tool for Predicting One-year Mortality after Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury. 8th Annual National Spinal Cord Conference Oct 2019, Niagara Falls, ON. Nominate for Second place award in Knowledge Generation category
  • 2017 -Does Specialized Inpatient Rehabilitation Affect Whether or Not People with Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury Return Home? 7th Annual National Spinal Cord Conference Nov 2017, Niagara Falls, ON. First place award in Knowledge Generation category (co-author)
  • 2017 -Secondary health conditions: impact on function, health-related quality of life, and life satisfaction following traumatic spinal cord injury. 7th Annual National Spinal Cord Conference Nov 2017, Niagara Falls, ON. Second place award in Knowledge Generation category (co-author)
  • 2017 -A simplified clinical prediction rule for prognosticating independent walking after spinal cord injury: a prospective study from a Canadian multi-centre registry. Paper won the Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society (CORS) Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA) and Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society (CORS) Annual Meeting June 2017, Ottawa, ON. Founders’ Medal for best basic science presentation (co-author)
  • 2016 -Classifying Injury Severity and Predicting Neurologic Outcome after Acute Human Spinal Cord Injury with Cerebrospinal Fluid Biomarkers. Canadian Spine Society, Whistler, BC, Feb 2016. Awarded as the 2016 CSS Best paper Debbie Scarlett prize (co-author)
  • 2016 -Methylprednisolone for the Treatment of Patients with Acute Spinal Cord Injuries: A Propensity Score-Matched Cohort Study from a Canadian Multi-Center Spinal Cord Injury RHSCIR Network. ICORD 2016. Awarded as the 2016 ICORD Third Prize for Best Poster
  • 2015 -Classifying Injury Severity and Predicting Neurologic Outcome after Acute Human Spinal Cord Injury with Cerebrospinal Fluid Biomarkers”; 43rd Cervical Spine Research Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, Dec 3-5, 2015 Awarded as the 2015 CSRS Best Basic Science Poster (co-author)
  • 2014 -Minimizing Errors in Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury Clinical Trials by Acknowledging the Heterogeneity of Spinal Cord Anatomy and Injury Severity: An Observational Canadian Cohort Analysis. International Spinal Cord Society, Maastricht, Sept 2014. Awarded as Third Poster in the Patient Care Category (co-author)

• 2009-2011 -Postdoctoral Fellowship, Alzheimer Society of Canada
• 2009-2010 -Postdoctoral Internship, Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS), Canada
• 2009 -Travel award, 6th Canadian Young Researcher Conference in Mathematics and Statistics, Calgary
• 2003 -Travel scholarship sponsored by International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Genes, Genomics and the Development of Behavior: The Development of Function in the Nervous System workshop, Italy