Dr Lawrence Mbuagbaw is a Research Methods Scientist (Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics). He trained at the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (FMBS) in Cameroon (MD; 2005); the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (MPH; 2009); and McMaster University (PhD in Health Research Methodology; 2014). He is an associate professor at McMaster University where he teaches courses in biostatistics and randomized trials; associate professor extraordinary of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Stellenbosch University; and research methods scientist in the Research Institute of St Joseph’s Health Care Hamilton (SJHH) where he provides methodological and statistical support for other researchers as the Director of the Biostatistics Unit. This includes research questions formulation, study design, data analysis and reporting. He is the principal investigator of numerous research projects covering a wide variety of research designs including evidence syntheses, randomized trials, mixed-methods studies, and qualitative studies. He also the co-Director of Cochrane Cameroon. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications and technical reports for national and international institutions. His research interests are infectious diseases, mother and child health, mHealth, health systems strengthening and the intersection of these fields.

He has served on various committees including the Health Technology Expert Review Panel (HTERP) and the pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review (pCODR) Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health; the World Health Organization Guideline Development Group (working on HIV, Malaria and Tuberculosis guidelines); Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) Africa and the Cochrane Africa Network; the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) Cohort Study (OCS); the African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO); the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN); and the Adherence Expert Review Panel of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

He held the inaugural CIHR CTN international postdoctoral fellowship and has contributed to numerous CTN research publications, including discussing the challenges and opportunities of conducting clinical trials in a low resource setting, the Cameroon Mobile Phone SMS (CAMPS) trial, long distance mentorship in clinical trials and output from the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network international postdoctoral fellowship.