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    Canada Research Chair

  • Portrait of LIsa Lix
  • Professor and associate head

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Community Health Sciences
    Room S113 - 750 Bannatyne Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0W3

    Phone: 204-789-3573
    Fax: 204-789-3905


  • Department of Community Health & Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan
  • Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, University of Toronto

Research summary

Dr. Lix collaborates widely on studies about population health and health service use.  Her research focuses on methods for conducting population health and health policy research using electronic health databases. Her research contributions lie in four main areas:

  1. Statistical methods to evaluate the quality of electronic health databases for research and disease surveillance
  2. Fracture risk prediction
  3. Statistical methods for patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs)
  4. Post-marketing surveillance of prescription drug safety and effectiveness
  • Research affiliations

  • Research themes

    • diagnostic techniques
    • health services
    • population and public health
    • secondary health data
    • statistics and inference

    Research groups

  • Research interests

    • analysis of patient-reported outcome measures
    • health services research methodology
    • methods for chronic disease surveillance
    • multivariate and longitudinal statistical methods
    • statistical methods to evaluate quality of electronic health databases


  • administrative data
  • chronic disease
  • disease risk prediction
  • electronic medical records
  • longitudinal data
  • measurement error
  • quality of life
  • statistical classification


Dr. Lisa Lix is professor and associate head of community health sciences at the University of Manitoba and currently serves on the board of directors of the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute.

Dr. Lix is an internationally recognized expert in the development and application of statistical models to improve chronic disease research and surveillance using population-based electronic health data.

Her research has advanced scientific knowledge about bias in disease diagnoses, methods to improve validity of chronic disease case ascertainment methods, and chronic disease risk prediction.

Her research has contributed to the scientific rigour of the Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System (CCDSS) developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada; she currently serves as co-chair of the data quality working group for the CCDSS and was formerly co-chair of the scientific committee.

As director of the data science platform in the George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, she oversees skilled biostatisticians, bioinformaticians, analysts and database developers who link and analyze clinical, administrative, and biological databases to strategically enhance the provincial and national environments for patient-focused research using electronic health data.

She also leads nationally funded training initiatives on big data analytics and artificial intelligence in public/population health. Dr. Lix chairs the algorithms and harmonized data working group for Health Data Research Network Canada, which supports multi-jurisdiction research using electronic health databases.

Dr. Lix has served the Statistical Society of Canada since 2005 in various capacities and was president of the biostatistics section in 2010. She is the 2023 chair of the Health Policy Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association and previously served as program chair for the section.

She has published more than 450 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

  • Awards

    Fellow, American Statistical Association (2020)

    Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Methods for Electronic Health Data Quality, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2018 – 2025)

    Ed Kroeger Mentorship Award, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Students, University of Manitoba (2018)

    Award of Recognition for Service, Public Health Agency of Canada (2017)

    Manitoba Research Chair, Manitoba Health Research Council (2012 – 2017)

    Top New Socio-Health Investigator, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (2009)

    Centennial Research Chair, University of Saskatchewan (2008 – 2012)

    New Investigator Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2006 – 2011)

  • Education

    PhD, Interdisciplinary Program: Statistics, Psychology, Human Ecology, University of Manitoba (1995)

    MSc, University of Manitoba (1991)

    BSHEc, University of Saskatchewan (1988)

Contact us

Community Health Sciences
Max Rady College of Medicine
Room S113 - 750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W3 Canada