Associate Professor Alain Charles Vandal

BSc MA McG. PhD Auck.

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Associate Professor

Biography

2019-07 to present       Associate Professor, Department of Statistics, The University of Auckland

2012-07 to present       Senior Biostatistician, Ko Awatea, Counties Manukau District Health Board

2010-07 to 2019-07     Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology, Auckland University of Technology

2013-12 to 2017-07     Head of Department, Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology, Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences, Auckland University of Technology

2010-07 to 2012-06     Senior Biostatistician, Centre for Clinical Research & effective practice (CCRep)

2011-07 to 2014-06     Adjunct Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McGill University

2006-05 to 2011-07     Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McGill University

2000-07 to 2010-06     Project Director, Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Community Studies, Lady Davis Institute, Montréal, Québec (Canada)

2000-07 to 2006-05     Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McGill University

1999-07 to 2000-06     Research Fellow in Biostatistics, Clinical Trials Research Unit, School of Medicine, University of Auckland

1998-07 to 1999-12     Lecturer, Department of Statistics, University of Auckland

1996-02 to 1998-03     Consulting Biostatistician, Institut de recherche de l’Hôpital général de Montréal - Module de prévention et contrôle VIH-sida - Centre québécois de coordination sur le sida

1994-06 to 1996-02     Biostatistician, Institut de recherche de l’Hôpital général de Montréal, Module de prévention et contrôle VIH-sida

Education

1999/04          Ph.D. (Statistics), Department of Statistics, University of Auckland

Supervisor: Doctor Robert Gentleman 

Thesis title: Order Theory and Nonparametric Analysis for Interval Censored Data

1994/05          M.A. (Applied Statistics), Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McGill University

Supervisor: Professor Vanamamalai Seshadri

Thesis title: A Compendium of Variance Functions for Real Natural Exponential Families

1991/05          B.Sc. (Major Mathematics, Minor Statistics), Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McGill University

Research | Current

Grants currently or recently held as named investigator

2020-2021               exciteBCI telerehabilitation: determining optimal dose and testing feasibility

D Taylor [PI], N Signal, I Niazi, G Alder, AC Vandal, U Rashid, V Pomeroy

HRC Feasibility #20/642 / Host: Auckland University of Technology / Design: Feasibility study for an RCT

2020-2021               Resveratrol – a potential novel treatment for bronchiectasis

C Wong [PI], B Diggins, AC Vandal, L Jayaram, D Milne

HRC Feasibility #20/653 / Host: Middlemore Clinical Trials / Design: Feasibility study for an RCT

2019-2022                 Are concussion services for mild traumatic brain injury cost effective?

B Te Ao [PI], R Edlin, S Barker-Collo, M Harwood, A Theadom, AC Vandal, C Howard-Brown

HRC Emerging Researcher  #19/591 / Design: Prospective study / Host: University of Auckland

2019-2022                 Measuring perceived task difficulty during rehabilitation

N Signal [PI], N Kayes, F Bright, AC Vandal,

HRC Emerging Researcher  #19/624 / Design: Validation study / Host: Auckland University of Technology

2019                           Improving hearing and developmental outcomes for children by screening with otoacoustic emissions at age 3 years

S Purdy [PI], R Morton, AC Vandal, L Dickinson, N Balisa, C Lynch

Eisdell-Moore Centre Project Grant /Design: Single-arm clustered trial (feasibility study)/Host: University of Auckland   

2019                           Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of resveratrol in bronchiectasis

                                    C Wong [PI], L Jayaram, AC Vandal, D Milne, B Diggins

Counties Manukau Health Tupu Fund Kaakano Project Grant/Design: Randomised controlled trial  

2018-2020                 Prophylactic InCisional Antibiotics in Skin Surgery (PICASSo trial) feasibility

J Mathy [PI], S McBride, AC Vandal, B Te Ao, D Maddell

HRC Feasibility #18/656 Host: Counties Manukau Health/ Design: Randomised controlled trial

2018-2020                 The role of a sublingual bacterial vaccine in adult bronchiectasis patients

W Good [PI], C Wong, S Jones, P Poole, AC Vandal

HRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship #18/113 / Design: Randomised controlled trial/ Host: Counties Manukau District Health Board 

2017-2019                 Respiratory Health of Pacific Youth: Risk and Resilience Throughout Childhood

E Tautolo [PI], C Byrnes, C Wong, AC Vandal, A Trenholme

HRC  Project #17/155 / Design: Birth cohort study assessment/ Host: Auckland University of Technology 

2017-2019                 Sensory modulation for anxiety in primary health care: A feasibility study

D Sutton [PI], K van Kessel, W Miles, AC Vandal, K Baddock, B McKenna

HRC Feasibility #17/518 / Host: AUT / Design: Feasibility study for an RCT

2017-2019                 Improving outcomes for support workers in aged care

K Czuba [PI], N Kayes, AC Vandal

HRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship #17/018 / Design: Single-arm trial/ Host: Auckland University of Technology 

2017-2019                 An Integrated Mind-Brain-Body Approach to Health and Wellbeing

R Siegert [PI], C Krägeloh, E Hinckson, J Lu, F Merien, A Theadom, AC Vandal, G Wang, W Wrapson

Catalyst 16-AUT-024-CSG / Design: Seed grant/ Host: Auckland University of Technology 

2016-2019                 Violence prevention: promotion of healthy relationships amongst high school students using a smartphone app

J Koziol-McLain [PI], N Glass, S Nada-Raja, D Wilson, AC Vandal, K Eden, M Eurera, P Fairbairn-Dunlop, B Te Ao, T Fleming

MBIE Targeted research PROP-42821-HASTR-AIT/ Host: AUT / Design: Stepped wedge

2015-2019                 Effectiveness of problem gambling interventions in  a service setting: A pragmatic randomised clinical trial

M Abbott, M Bellringer, J Landon, K Palmer du Preez,  AC Vandal, N Garrett, J Pearson, B Te Ao, D Hodgins, M Battersby

Ministry of Health Request for Proposal Grant number 352593/00: Randomised 2x2 factorial design / Host: AUT / Trial registration: ACTRN12615000637549

 

Teaching | Current

STATS 763 S1 (with Thomas Lumley)

Postgraduate supervision

Doctoral students

  • William Good (co-supervisor, primary supervisor: Conroy Wong)

Department of Respiratory Medicine, Counties Manukau District Health Board; HRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship recipient

University of Auckland Ph.D. candidate;Thesis title: Sublingual vaccine for bronchiectasis: a randomised controlled trial

  • Gemma Alder (co-supervisor, primary supervisor: Denise Taylor)

School of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences, Auckland University of Technology

Ph.D. candidate; Thesis title: The Brain Computer Interface-Paired Associate Stimulation: Optimising the delivery of the BCI PAS intervention for people with stroke.

  • Karol Czuba (co-supervisor, primary supervisor: Nicola Kayes)

School of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences, Auckland University of Technology; HRC Clinical Training Research Fellowship recipient

Ph.D. candidate; Thesis title: Improving outcomes for support workers in aged care

  • Debbie Wilson (co-supervisor, primary supervisor: Peter Larmer)

School of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences, Auckland University of Technology

D.H.Sc. candidate; Thesis title: Examining waste and energy reduction strategies- a mixed methods study

  • Joanna Dunlop (co-supervisor, primary supervisor: Mark Marshall)

Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences, South Auckland Clinical School, University of Auckland

Ph.D. candidate; Thesis title: Physiological Modelling of Sodium Lowering in Dialysate

Master’s students

  • Monique Baigent (MPhil, co-supervisor; primary supervisor: Steve White)

School of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences, Auckland University of Technology

M.Phil. candidate; Thesis title: What is the diagnostic accuracy of clinical tests to identify chronic acromioclavicular joint pain.

  • Rebecca Tuhi (MPhil, co-supervisor; primary supervisor: Steve White)

School of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences, Auckland University of Technology

M.Phil. candidate; Thesis title: Provocative tests for the diagnosis of TFCC injury

  • Miaotian Li (MSc, dissertation supervisor)

Department of Statistics, Faculty of Science, University of Auckland

M.Sc. Candidate; Dissertation title: Secondary analysis of isafe trial data: characteristics and outcomes for isafe wāhine Māori participant

Areas of expertise

Biostatistics; clinical epidemiology; diagnostic validity; dabbling in psychometrics and forecasting

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Tautolo, E.-S., Wong, C., Vandal, A., Jalili-Moghaddam, S., Griffiths, E., Iusitini, L., ... Byrnes, C. (2020). Respiratory Health of Pacific Youth: An Observational Study of Associated Risk and Protective Factors Throughout Childhood. JMIR research protocols, 9 (10)10.2196/18916
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cass Byrnes
  • Rashid, U., Kumari, N., Signal, N., Taylor, D., & Vandal, A. C. (2020). On Nonlinear Regression for Trends in Split-Belt Treadmill Training. Brain sciences, 10 (10).10.3390/brainsci10100737
  • Signal, N. E. J., McLaren, R., Rashid, U., Vandal, A., King, M., Almesfer, F., ... Taylor, D. (2020). Haptic Nudges Increase Affected Upper Limb Movement During Inpatient Stroke Rehabilitation: Multiple-Period Randomized Crossover Study. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 8 (7)10.2196/17036
  • Kumari, N., Taylor, D., Rashid, U., Vandal, A. C., Smith, P. F., & Signal, N. (2020). Cerebellar transcranial direct current stimulation for learning a novel split-belt treadmill task: a randomised controlled trial. Scientific reports, 10 (1)10.1038/s41598-020-68825-2
  • Yap, E., Williamson, J., Nguyen, P., Vandal, A., & Colt, H. (2020). BRONCHOSCOPY RADIOLOGY SKILLS AND TASK ASSESSMENT TOOL (BRONCHRADSTAT (c)): PRELIMINARY DESIGN AND DATA. RESPIROLOGY. (pp. 1).
  • Marshall, M. R., Vandal, A. C., de Zoysa, J. R., Gabriel, R. S., Haloob, I. A., Hood, C. J., ... Rabindranath, K. S. (2020). Effect of Low-Sodium versus Conventional Sodium Dialysate on Left Ventricular Mass in Home and Self-Care Satellite Facility Hemodialysis Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology : JASN10.1681/asn.2019090877
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Marshall, Janak de Zoysa
  • Dissanayake, A., Vandal, A. C., Boyle, V., Park, D., Milne, B., Grech, R., & Ng, A. (2020). Does intensive glycaemic control promote healing in diabetic foot ulcers? - a feasibility study. BMJ open, 10 (1)10.1136/bmjopen-2019-029009
  • Street, K. J., White, S. G., & Vandal, A. C. (2020). Clinical prevalence and population incidence of serious pathologies among patients undergoing magnetic resonance imaging for low back pain. The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society, 20 (1), 101-111. 10.1016/j.spinee.2019.09.002

Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 303 - Bldg 303
Level 3, Room 321
38 PRINCES ST
AUCKLAND CENTRAL
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand