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Noori Akhtar-Danesh


Dr. Akhtar-Danesh began his career at McMaster in 2003 and is currently an Associate Professor with the School of Nursing.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Statistics from Ferdowsi University, a Master of Science in Biostatistics from Shiraz University, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Medical Statistics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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  • Akhtar-Danesh N, Akhtar-Danesh G, Seow H, Shakeel S, Finley C. (Aug. 22, 2019) Trends in Survival based on Treatment Modality in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients: A Population-Based Study. Cancer Investigation, doi: 10.1080/07357907.2019.1653465.
  • Akhtar-Danesh N, Akhtar-Danesh G, Seow H, Shakeel S, Finley C. (Oct. 2019) Trends in Survival based on Treatment Modality for Esophageal Cancer: A Population-Based Study. Eur J of Gastroenterol Hepatol, 31(10):1192-1199.
  • Brewer-Deluce D, Bhanu S, Jackson T, Akhtar-Danesh N, Wainman B. (April 25, 2019). Beyond Average Information: How Q-methodology Enhances Course Evaluations in Anatomy. Anatomical Sciences Education. doi: 10.1002/ase.1885.
  • Akhtar-Danesh N. (June 2018) qfactor: A command for Q-methodology analysis. The Stata Journal, 18(2):432-446.
  • Akhtar-Danesh N. (2017) An Overview of the Statistical Techniques in Q-methodology: Is there a better way of doing Q-analysis? Operant Subjectivity, 38(3/4):29-36.
  • Sekercioglu N, Guyatt G, Thabane L, Martinez JPD, Akhtar-Danesh N, Busse JW, Iorio A, Al-Khalifah R, Agarwal A, Nesrallah G, Longo C. (June 8, 2016) Comparative effectiveness of phosphate binders in patients with chronic kidney disease: A systematic review and network meta-analysis. PLOS ONE, 11(6):e0156891.
  • Akhtar-Danesh N, Finley C. (Oct, 2015). Temporal trends in the incidence and relative survival of non-small cell lung cancer in Canada: A population-based study. Lung Cancer, 90(1):8-14.
  • Camposilvan I, Akhtar-Danesh N, Schneider L, Finely CJ. (Sept, 2015). The effect of surgeon volume on procedure selection in non-small cell lung cancer surgeries. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 150(3):507-513.
  • Akhtar-Danesh N, Elit L, Lytwyn A. (2014). Trends in incidence and survival of women with invasive vulvar cancer in the United States and Canada: A population-based study. Gynecol. Oncol., 134(2):314-318.
  • Akhtar-Danesh, N., Valaitis, R., O'Mara, L., Austin, P., & Munroe, V. (2013). Viewpoints about collaboration between primary care and public health in Canada. BMC.Health Serv.Res., 13, 311.
  • Akhtar-Danesh, N., Elit, L., & Lytwyn, A. (2012). Temporal trends in the relative survival among women with cervical cancer in Canada: a population-based study. Int.J Gynecol.Cancer, 22, 1208-1213.
  • Akhtar-Danesh, N., Lytwyn, A., & Elit, L. (2012). Five-year trends in mortality indices among gynecological cancer patients in Canada. Gynecol.Oncol., 127, 620-624.
  • Archie, S., Zangeneh, K. A., & Akhtar-Danesh, N. (2012). Concurrent binge drinking and depression among Canadian youth: prevalence, patterns, and suicidality. Alcohol, 46, 165-172.
  • Akhtar-Danesh, N., Dehghan, M., Morrison, K. M., & Fonseka, S. (2011). Parents' perceptions and attitudes on childhood obesity: a Q-methodology study. J Am.Acad.Nurse Pract., 23, 67-75.
  • Akhtar-Danesh, N., Elit, L., & Lytwyn, A. (2011). Temporal trends in the relative survival among patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer in Canada 1992-2005: a population-based study. Gynecol.Oncol., 123, 192-195.
  • Ma, J., Akhtar-Danesh, N., Dolovich, L., & Thabane, L. (2011). Imputation strategies for missing binary outcomes in cluster randomized trials. BMC.Med.Res.Methodol., 11, 18.
  • Akhtar-Danesh, N., Valaitis, R. K., Schofield, R., Underwood, J., Martin-Misener, R., Baumann, A. et al. (2010). A questionnaire for assessing community health nurses' learning needs. West J Nurs.Res., 32, 1055-1072.
  • Akhtar-Danesh, N., Baumann, A., & Cordingley, L. (2008). Q-methodology in nursing research: a promising method for the study of subjectivity. West J Nurs.Res., 30, 759-773.
  • Dehghan, M., Akhtar-Danesh, N., & Merchant, A. T. (2005). Childhood obesity, prevalence and prevention. Nutr.J, 4, 24.
  • Akhtar-Danesh, N. & Appleton, D. R. (2000). Using an antedependence test to analyse post-operative pain measurements. Stat.Med., 19, 1889-1899.

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  • Kaasalainen, S., Sussman, T. (PIs), Akhtar-Danesh, N., Hunter, P., McCleary, L., Thompson, G., Venturato, L., Wickson-Griffiths, A. Scaling up the Family Carer Decision Support Intervention:  A transnational effectiveness-implementation evaluation. Funded by CIHR, Joint Programme on Neurodegenerative Disease (JPND) Grant: “Multinational research projects on Health and Social Care for Neurodegenerative Diseases”, 2019-2022, $349,998.
  • Ploeg J., Markle-Reid M, Bournes D., Anderson C., Farrell M., Paetkau S., Akhtar-Danesh N., et al.  Innovative Community-Based Approaches to Promote Optimal Aging for Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions and their Caregivers. April 1, 2013 - March 31, 2018. CIHR CBPHC Team Grant, $2.5 Million.     
  • Kaasalainen S, Costello A, Hunter P, Neves P, Sussman T, Thompson G, Venturato L., Akhtar-Danesh N, et al. Partnering Together to Improve Palliative Care in Long Term Care. Co-funding from Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Partnerships in Health System Improvement; Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions; Manitoba Health Research Council; Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care; Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, $740,000, 2015- 2018.
  • Kaasalainen S, Sussman T, Neves P, O’Leary J, Akhtar-Danesh N, et al. Improving Palliative Care in Long Term Care Homes Using Participatory Action Research. TVN 2014 Strategic Impact Grant Program Application, $607,520, 2015- 2017.


Dr. Akhtar-Danesh’s primary research interests include survival analysis (including relative survival analysis), analysis of population-based cancer datasets, research tool developments, Q-methodology (a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods for the study of subjectivity), and analysis of large datasets.


Dr. Akhtar-Danesh’s teaching contributions are primarily in graduate studies.  He supervises students in the School of Nursing, Department of Health Research, Evidence & Impact, and Department of Statistics. 

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