Biostatistics News

UNC scientists awarded grant to study causes of pediatric cancer

October 16, 2008 Andrew Olshan, PhD, professor and chair of the Epidemiology Department in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a grant worth nearly $2.9 million from the National Cancer Institute to study the causes of neuroblastoma. Olshan is also the leader of the… Read more »

Dr. Fred Wright, co-PI for new CF grant

Professor Fred Wright is a co-Principal Investigator for a new R01 award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, entitled “Molecular Phenotypes for Cystic Fibrosis Lung Disease.” The $3.0 million, four- year grant will enable the collection of microarray gene expression data on 1200 participants in an ongoing study to map the genetic variants… Read more »

Wright Mentioned in Newsweek Article

Fred Wright, Professor in Biostatistics, was mentioned in the July 21st edition of Newsweek. The article, “Lies, Damned Lies, and…” also features former professor Michael Schell. Written by Sharon Begley, it spotlights statistical analysis and the invention of new tools such as the “false discovery rate.” Please see here for complete article.    

National Multiple Sclerosis Society awards CSCC contract

The Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center is delighted to have been awarded a 4-year contract by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to function as the Data Coordination and AnalysisCenterfor the Pediatric MS Centers of Excellence Network. David Couper, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics, will lead the DCAC. In 2006 the National MS… Read more »

UNC celebrates naming of Gillings School of Global Public Health

September 26, 2008 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has officially named its school of public health the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in recognition and appreciation of a $50 million gift from Dennis Gillings and Joan Gillings. Joan Gillings and Dennis Gillings The Gillingses pledged the gift, the largest single… Read more »

Heart attack victims on Medicaid, from poor areas, face longer delays reaching hospital: study

September 25, 2008 People with Medicaid insurance and living in neighborhoods with lower household incomes appear less likely to reach the hospital within two hours of having a heart attack, according to a new study. Kathryn Rose, PhD Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health say patients tend… Read more »

Nearly half of U.S. adults will develop painful knee osteoarthritis by age 85: study

September 03, 2008 Dr. Todd Schwartz Almost half of all U.S. adults and nearly two-thirds of obese adults will develop painful osteoarthritis of the knee by age 85, a study based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests. Dr. Gary Koch Co-authors of the study include biostatistics faculty members Todd A. Schwartz,… Read more »

CSCC Registry

  In the first half of 2008, the Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center was awarded two nation-wide patient registries which aim to dramatically simplify the gathering of patient data, among other benefits. Maintaining registries is new to the Center, so these opportunities provide a chance to develop fresh data harvesting and management techniques. “We are very… Read more »

Kosorok Named IMS Fellow

Michael R. Kosorok, Ph.D., Chair and Professor of Biostatistics, has been named Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). Fellowship in the IMS recognizes distinction in research in statistics or probabibility by publication of independent work of merit. Kosorok was inducted as Fellow at the IMS Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah on… Read more »

UNC professor appointed to National Institute of Statistical Sciences board

July 30, 2008 Dr. Michael Kosorok University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill biostatistics professor Michael Kosorok has been appointed to the board of trustees of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences. Kosorok is chair of the biostatistics department in the UNC School of Public Health and also teaches in the statistics and operations research… Read more »