Memorial University's Branch Research Data Centre

Memorial University's Branch Research Data Centre (RDC) is now open and accepting research project applications. Located in Room 3017C of the Queen Elizabeth II Library, the RDC is a branch of the New Brunswick Research Data Centre NB-RDC and provides researchers with access to Statistics Canada population and household survey microdata in a secure university setting.

The centre is staffed by a Statistical Assistant and is overseen by an Academic Director and an interdisciplinary management committee. It operates under the provisions of the Statistics Act in accordance with all the confidentiality rules and are accessible only to researchers, students, faculty and government employees with approved projects who have been sworn in under the Statistics Act as 'deemed employees.'

For more information about the application process and its guidelines, click here.

Background to the RDCS

The RDCs are part of an initiative by Statistics Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and a consortium of universities to help strengthen Canada's social research capacity and to support the policy research community. RDCs are located in 25 universities throughout the country, so that researchers do not need to travel to Ottawa to access Statistics Canada microdata.


MUN RDC Lab Hours

  • Monday 10:00-4:30
  • Tuesday 9:00-5:00
  • Wednesday 9:00-4:30
  • Thursday 9:00-5:00
  • Friday Closed

MUN RDC office will be open:

  • Tuesday 9:00-5:00
  • Wednesday 9:00-4:30
  • Thursday 9:00 - 5:00


Currently, we have four functioning workstations which contain the
following software

  • SAS 
  • SPSS 
  • STATA 
  • R
  • WinBUGS
  • Arc GIS
  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Reader


Additional software can be installed as required upon request.


Contact Information

Memorial University Research Data Centre
3017C, Queen Elizabeth II library
Memorial University, St. John's, NL
A1B 3Y1
Phone: 709 864-8270


Academic Director

Zhiwei Gao is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He specializes in large dataset manipulation, data linkage and epidemiological studies of many chronic diseases (cancer, asthma, COPD, chronic renal disease, and quality of life) and infectious diseases (Tuberculosis). He uses many registry and administrative datasets to study TB transmission, effectiveness of chemotherapy and radiotherapy on cancer patients, and timeliness of care of cancer patients. He has experience in analyzing many Canadian health survey datasets including Canadian National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY), Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), and Canadian General Social Survey (GSS) and Aboriginal Population Survey (APS). He is also involved in many large population studies of gene-gene and gene-environment interactions in occupational respiratory diseases.

Dr. Zhiwei Gao
Academic Director, MUN/Statistics-Canada Research Data Center
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada A1B 3V6
Tel: (709) 864-6523

Statistical Assistants

  • Miranda Monster
  • Sinikka Okkola

Management Committee

The MUN RDC Management Committee is comprised of 9 faculty members and staff from across the university, including the Academic Director. RDC Management Committee members are as follows:

  • Arnold, Kara,  Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Business Administration
  • Balsara, Aspi, Government Documents Librarian, QEII Library
  • Bruce, Eileen, Manager, Office of the Vice President, Research
  • Dyck, Carrie, Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Gao, Zhiwei, RDC Academic Director
  • May, Doug, Professor, Department of Economics
  • Mulay, Shree, Associate Dean, Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine
  • Zedel, Len, Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Science




Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000