Herring elected president of ENAR, prestigious biostatistics organization

October 13, 2009
Dr. Amy Herring

Dr. Amy Herring

Amy Herring, ScD, associate professor of biostatistics, has been elected president of the Eastern North American Region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society (IBS), effective January 2010.

IBS is the largest professional organization of biostatisticians and biometricians in the world, drawing its 5,800 members from more than 25 countries. ENAR is the largest subgroup of the organization, incorporating 1,600 members from the United States and Canada.

Herring, who has held several other leadership positions in the organization, will serve a three-year term.

“I am very excited to begin my service as president-elect of ENAR,” Herring said. “Through the office, I hope to bring more visibility to our field by highlighting the role biostatisticians play in helping to detect signals in massive data sets (e.g., genomic data, air pollution data, biosurveillance and functional MRI data), characterize complex human exposures, help ensure safety and efficacy of prescription drugs and guide personalized medicine.”

The Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a strong history of leadership in the society, with four members of the faculty – including the late Dr. Bernard Greenberg and Drs. Jim Grizzle, Gary Koch and Lisa LaVange – having previously served as president.

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UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: Ramona DuBose, director of communications, (919) 966-7467 or ramona_dubose@unc.edu.