Leanne Dyal

Leanne Dyal, Manager, Statistical Operations, at PHRI is among the 2020 recipients of McMaster University President’s Awards for Outstanding Service.

During the pandemic, Leanne has ensured that staff have been able to complete remote work effectively. She has also been directly involved in the rapid initiation of two COVID-19-related randomized controlled trials.

Leanne has been a cherished member of the PHRI family for more than 15 years. She become a manager in the Statistics Department in 2014, where she established greater procedural standardization for her team – an initiative that quickly expanded to become enterprise-wide systemic improvement.

She played a key role in helping the unit through a leadership change that brought in our Statistics Director, Shrikant Bangdiwala, who promoted Leanne to Manager, Statistical Operations. He notes that “Leanne has been an integral part of the growth and success of the stats team as well as PHRI as a whole.”

Leanne introduced the first co-op student to the statistics team, developed a standard report library, introduced new data analysis tools, and implemented continuous improvement of resourcing and study budgets, to list a few of her innovations.

In a recent large and complex project, she invented a method for documenting critical information, tracking study questions and organizing datasets using new standardized nomenclatures – all of which allowed the team to complete the project a month ahead of schedule.

Leanne is as beloved at PHRI for her personal contributions as well as her professional excellence. She has served as chef for our pancake breakfasts and other (pre-pandemic) social events at work, and regularly volunteers to teach the principles of biostatistics, research study design and clinical research methodology within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

You are encouraged to leave Leanne a message of congratulations on the online “kudos board” set up by McMaster University.

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