Dena L. Schanzer, M.Sc., P.Stat

Senior Statistical Analyst

Research involving the application of complex statistical methods to enhance the understanding of the epidemiology of infectious diseases

Public Health Agency of Canada

Research and/or project statements

  • Geographic spread of influenza
  • Estimation of disease burden attributable to pandemic influenza (H1N1/2009)
  • Linking antiviral treatment to the level of influenza in the community: a look at indicators of influenza activity and clinical diagnosis in the assessment of the likelihood that a patient has influenza

Professional activities / interests

  • Application of statistical methods to public health research
  • Infectious disease epidemiology
  • Multi-disciplinary collaboration
  • Extensive experience working with administrative databases and other large health databases

Education and awards

M.Sc., Mathematics, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, 1980

B. Math (Hons.) Statistics & Pure Mathematics, with a minor in Economics, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, 1977

P.Stat, Professional Statistician accreditation, awarded by the Statistical Society of Canada, 2009

Key publications

   1.   Schanzer D, Zheng H, Gilmore J, Pelletier L: Statistical Estimates of Absenteeism Attributable to Influenza from the Labour Force Survey.  BMC Infect Dis, in press.

   2.   Schanzer DL, Vachon J, Pelletier L: Age-specific Differences in Influenza A Epidemic Curves: Do Children Drive the Spread of Influenza Epidemics?  Am J Epidemiol, in press.

   3.   Schanzer DL, Langley JM, Dummer T, Viboud C, Tam TW: A Composite Epidemic Curve for Seasonal Influenza in Canada with an International Comparison.  Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses 2010, 4: 295-306.

   4.   Yang Q, Boulos D, Yan P, Zhang F,  Remis R, Schanzer D, Archibald C: Estimates of HIV prevalence and incidence in Canada, 2008.  Can J Public Health 2010, 101: 486-90.

   5.   Schanzer DL, Garner MJ, Hatchette TF, Langley JM, Aziz S, Tam TWS: Estimating Sensitivity of Laboratory Testing for Influenza in Canada through Modelling.  PLoS ONE 2009, 4: e6681

   6.   Schanzer DL, Langley JM, Tam TWS: Co-morbidities associated with influenza-attributed mortality, 1994-2000, Canada.  Vaccine 2008,  26: 4697-703.

   7.   Schanzer DL, Langley JM, Tam TWS: Role of influenza and other respiratory viruses in admissions of adults to Canadian hospitals.  Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses 2008, 2: 1-8.

   8.   Schanzer DL, Langley JM, Tam TWS: Influenza-attributed hospitalization rates among pregnant women, 1994-2000, Canada.  J Obstet Gynaecol Can 2007, 29: 622-629.

   9.   Schanzer DL, Tam TWS, Langley JM, Winchester BT: Influenza-attributable deaths: Canada 1990-1999.  Epidemiol Infect 2007, 135:  1109-16. Epub 2007 Feb 19.

10.   Boulos D, Yan P, Schanzer D, Remis R,  Archibald C: Estimates of HIV prevalence and incidence in Canada, 2005.  Can Commun Dis Rep 2006, 32: 165-74.

11.   Schanzer DL, Langley JM, Tam TWS: Hospitalization attributable to influenza and other viral respiratory illnesses in Canadian children.  Pediatr Infect Dis J 2006, 25: 795-800.

12.   Shaw AK, Morrison HI, Speechley KN, Maunsell E, Barrera M, Schanzer D, Pogany L, Desmeules M: The Late Effects Study: design and subject representativeness of a Canadian, multi-centre study of late effects of childhood cancer.  ChronChronic Diseases in Canada 2004, 25: 119-126.

13.   Schanzer D: Trends in HIV/AIDS Mortality in Canada,1987-1998.  Canadian Journal of Public Health 2003, 94: 135-139.

14.   Luo W, Moore R, Stobart K, Morrison H, Schanzer D, Barr R, Greenberg M: The Medical Care Cost of Childhood and Adolescent Cancer in Manitoba, 1990–1995.  Chronic Dis Can 2002, 23: 83-90.

15.   Nixon Speechley K, Maunsell E, Desmueles M, Schanzer D, Landgraf JM, Feeny DH, Barrera ME: Mutual concurrent validity of the child health questionnaire and the health utilities index: an exploratory analysis using survivors of childhood cancer.  Int J Cancer Suppl 1999, 12: 95-105.

16.   Lui S, Semenciw R, Morrison H, Schanzer D, Mao Y: Kidney Cancer in Canada: The Rapidly Increasing Incidence of Adenocarcimoma in Adults and Seniors.   Canadian Journal of Public Health 1997, 88: 99-104.