Ian Shrier MD, PhD
Senior Investigator, Centre for Clinical Epidemiology, Lady Davis Institute
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, McGill University
Dr. Ian Shrier has been a practicing sport medicine physician for over 25 years. He has doctoral training in physiology and post-doctoral training in epidemiology. He is a past President of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine. He has over 190 peer-reviewed publications and 13 book chapters on topics related to the effects of exercise and sport medicine injuries, as well as methodological research papers about injury epidemiology, causal inferences, and meta-analyses. He is currently the co-Editor in Chief of Review Synthesis Methods, an editorial board member of four international sport medicine journals (Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, British Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal for Science in Medicine and Sport, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine, and Science in Sports), and is a member of the Cochrane Collaboration Statistical and Bias Methods Group.
Major Research Activities

Dr. Shrier has two main areas of research: sport medicine and biostatistics/general epidemiology. In sport medicine research, he was the first author to suggest that stretching prior to exercise does not prevent injury (subsequently supported by a moderate body of research and expert opinions). More recently, he studied injury patterns and risk in Cirque du Soleil artists, return to activity decision making by sport medicine health professionals, the effects of exercise on the health of those with different diseases, and how best to stabilize the cervical spine in pre-hospital patients with suspected neck injuries.

With respect to biostatistics and general epidemiology, Dr. Shrier has recently published articles in the area of causal inference (understanding confounding, causal inference) and how clinicians and scientists synthesize and interpret information when presented with systematic reviews / meta-analyses. He recently received a 3-year grant that follows his previous work on how to analyze recurrent event data (e.g. count data that is often obtained in injury epidemiology studies).
Recent Publications

Shrier I. Strategic assessment of risk and risk tolerance (StARRT) framework for return to play decision making. Br J Sports Med. 2015 Jun 2. pii: bjsports-2014-094569. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2014-094569. [Epub ahead of print]

Shrier I, Steele RJ, Zhao M, Naimi A, Verhagen E, Stovitz SD, Rauh JM, Hewett TE. A multi-state framework for the analysis of subsequent injury in sport. Scand J Med Sci Sport 2015 Jun 3. doi: 10.1111/sms.12493. [Epub ahead of print].
Shrier I, Boissy P, Lebel K, Boulay J, Segal E, Delaney JS, Vacon CL, Steele RJ. Cervical spine motion during transfer and stabilization techniques. Prehosp Emerg Care 19: 116-125, 2015
Shrier I, Steele RJ, Verhagen E, Herbert R, Riddell CA, Kaufman JS. Beyond intention-to-treat: what is the right question? Clin Trials 11:28-37, 2014.
Shrier I, Kaufman JS, Platt RW, Steele RJ. Principal stratification: A broader vision. Int J Biostat 9:307-313, 2013
Dr. Ian Shrier is an internationally recognized expert in sport medicine epidemiology.

He has published extensively on the effects of stretching with respect to injury prevention and improving performance.

His more recent methodological papers include how to best analyze data from injury studies, synthesize information from many studies, and apply causal inference.

He continues to conduct sport medicine research on the effects of exercise on patients with deep vein thrombosis, and injury in athletes and Cirque du Soleil artists.
Important Links

Dr. Shrier at the JGH Centre for Clinical Epidemiology
Support research at the Lady Davis Institute - Jewish General Hospital