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Biostatistics’ Tan wins award for best paper in Canadian statistics journal

July 18, 2016 Xianming Tan, PhD, research associate professor of biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the Statistical Society of Canada’s Canadian Journal of Statistics Award for his paper, “Variable selection and inference procedures for marginal analysis of longitudinal data with missing observations and covariate measurement error,” published online… Read more »

Gillings alumna LaVange elected ASA president

June 28, 2016 Lisa LaVange, PhD, 1983 alumna and former professor of biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected the 113th president of the American Statistical Association (ASA). LaVange, who also served as the former director of the UNC Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center, will serve the ASA as president-elect… Read more »

Kosorok to co-lead NIH ‘Big Data’ supplemental grant to train doctoral students in biomedical sciences

June 28, 2016 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have awarded a $97,956 supplemental “Big Data to Knowledge”  (BD2K) grant to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to train predoctoral students in data-centric, biomedical science issues during summer 2016. Michael R. Kosorok, PhD, W.R…. Read more »

Few adults aware of chemicals in cigarettes, study finds

June 22, 2016 Adults in the United States have little awareness of the chemical components of cigarette smoke, though many of them report having looked for information about the composition of tobacco products. In a study published in the journal BMC Public Health, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggest that… Read more »

AJPH editorial proposes a ‘causal impact’ framework to improve public health decision making

June 13, 2016 In a recently published editorial, researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health departments of epidemiology and biostatistics argue that a “causal impact” framework – one that includes internal and external validation and examines the effects of population-level interventions – could improve public health decision-making. Gillings School co-authors are Daniel… Read more »

Amy Richardson: An internship led to a great career

May 27, 2016 Public health led Amy Richardson, PhD, to Google. It wasn’t her expected career path, but the 2014 alumna of the Gillings School’s biostatistics department landed a job after an internship with the technology giant during the final year of her doctoral program. As a quantitative analyst in Google’s offices in Mountain View,… Read more »

Duke’s Berger delivers Greenberg Distinguished Lectures

May 16, 2016 James O. Berger, PhD, winner of the 2016 Greenberg Distinguished Lecturer Award, presented three talks on May 12 and 13 as part of the 2016 Bernard G. Greenberg Distinguished Lecture Series. The series is hosted by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics. Berger, Arts and Sciences Professor… Read more »

Smokers and former smokers show COPD-like symptoms despite otherwise normal lung function

May 11, 2016 About half of current or former smokers have respiratory symptoms similar to COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and an increase of COPD-like symptom flare-ups, despite no COPD diagnosis and tests that show normal lung function. Those are the findings of a new study appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine titled… Read more »

Metabolic reprogramming of white blood cells controls inflammation in fat

May 11, 2016 Researchers in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have found that it is possible to control inflammation in fat tissue by manipulating the presence of a specific metabolic protein in a type of white blood cell called a macrophage. This metabolic reprogramming may provide a crucial strategy for weakening the… Read more »

Kosorok to take year’s leave; Cai will serve as interim chair of biostatistics

May 10, 2016 Michael R. Kosorok, PhD, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor and chair of biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, will take a one-year leave from his role as chair, effective July 1. Kosorok plans to use the leave to study other biostatistics programs and to accelerate his own research… Read more »