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Ahmed Hossain
MSc.(McMaster), Ph.D. (University of Toronto).

Professor, Department of Public Health
North South University, Bangladesh.
Director, Research and Development, Health Management BD Foundation.

and Canadian Institute of Health Research fellow, McMaster University

1280 Main Street West, Hamilon

ON L8S 4L8, Canada.

Office: + (8802) 5566-8200 Ext. 1936 
Cell:    + (880) 172-937-8236
Fax:    + (8802) 5566-8202
Email:  ahmed.hossain@utoronto.ca


Dr. Ahmed Hossain is an academic biostatistician and public health expert, and currently holds the position of Professor in the Department of Public Health at the North South University. He is also continuing as a consultant of the World Bank and principal investigator of many national and international projects. He received his Ph.D. from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health of the University of Toronto in 2010, and he was a Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Fellow at McMaster University. Also, in 2004 at McMaster University, he completed his MSc in Biostatistics. Before coming to North South University, Dr. Hossain was an adjunct faculty in the School of Occupational and Public Health at the Ryerson University and a Senior Biostatistician at the Pharma Medica Research Inc. Dr. Hossain has been mainly instrumental in developing the field of statistical genomics. His current interest has focused on biomedical research involving human subjects. To date, Dr. Hossain has published more than 40 papers in various international peer-reviewed journals. Currently, he is also an active editorial board member of 8 peer-reviewed international journals. He is also continuing several collaborations with clinical investigators, faculty members, and epidemiologists at McMaster University, Ryerson University, University of Manitoba, and North South University. Dr. Hossain developed an R package, which gives an estimation of summary measures and variances on receiver operating characteristic curves, which are useful for high dimensional data analysis and can be downloaded from Bioconductor.

R Package

An R package, "WLpAUC", was developed for estimating the summary measures of receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves and their standard errors. It also provides a statistic of weighted log partial area under the curve. These functions are targeted at the use of high dimensional data analysis. The trial version of WLpAUC can be downloaded from here.

Research Interests

Dr Hossain is currently involved in methodologic research in the areas of high dimensional data analysis.

Dr Hossain's current research collaborations include projects in breast cancer and impact of calorie restriction diet on different types of cancers. 

Dr. Hossain is also involve with pharmaceuticle research which includes phase I-IV analysis.

Sample Publications

  1. Hossain, A., Shakil Ahmed, Mohammad Shahjalal, Gias U. Ahsan, (2019) Health Risk of Rohingya Children: Two years on, The Lancet Oct 19, 2019 doi: 10.1093/carcin/bgx126.

  2. Muti P, Donzelli S, Sacconi A, Hossain A, Ganci F, Frixa T, Sieri S, Krogh V, Berrino F, Biagioni F, Strano S, Beyene J (2017) MiRNA-513a-5p Inhibits Progesterone Receptor Expression and Constitutes a Risk Factor For Breast Cancer: The ORDET Prospective Study, Carcinogenesis. Nov 4, doi: 10.1093/carcin/bgx126.

  3. Paola Muti, Andrea Sacconi, Ahmed Hossain, Sara Donzelli, Noa Bossel Ben Moshe, Federica Ganci, Sabina Sieri, Vittorio Krogh, Franco Berrino, Francesca Biagioni, Sabrina Strano, Joseph Beyene, Yosef Yarden, Giovanni Blandino (2014) Downregulation of microRNAs 145-3p and 145-5p is a Long-Term Predictor of Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Risk: the ORDET prospective study, Cancer Epidemioogy and Biomarkers Prevention. Jul;29.

  4. Ahmed Hossain and Joseph Beyene (2013) Estimation of weighted log partial area under the ROC curve and its application to MicroRNA expression data., Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology Dec;12(6):743-55.

  5. Ahmed Hossain, Andrew Willan and Joseph Beyene (2013) A flexible nonparametric approach to find candidate genes associated with disease in microarray experiments, Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Apr;11(2):1250021.

  6. Ahmed Hossain, Andrew Willan and Joseph Beyene (2013) An Improved method on Wilcoxon Rank Sum Test for Gene selection from Microarray Experiments, Communications in Statistics. Volume 42, Issue 7.

  7. Ahmed Hossain , Dr Joseph Beyene and Andrew Willan (2009) A Flexible Approximate Likelihood Ratio Test for Detecting Differential Expression in Microarray Data, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, 53(10):3685-3695.

  8. Ahmed Hossain and Andrew Willan (2007) Approximate MLEs of the Parameters of location-scale Distribution under Type II Censoring, Statistics: A Journal of Theoretical and Applied Statistics, 41(5):385-394.

  9. Balakrishnan, N. and Ahmed Hossain (2007) Inference for the Type II Generalized Logistic Dis-tribution under Progressive Type II Censoring, Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation, 77(12):1013 – 1031.

  10. Ahmed Hossain and T.A.Khan (2010) Mixtures density estimation in lifetime data analysis: an application of nonparametric Bayesian estimation technique Journal of Statistics and Management Systems, 13(3):605-615.

Last edited: 2018 May 3