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Mitchell Gail Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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November 2011 - Linkage Newsletter

In August, Mitchell H. Gail, M.D., Ph.D., a senior investigator in the Biostatistics Branch, received the Nathan Mantel Lifetime Achievement Award for the development of novel statistical methods for epidemiology. The Statistics in Epidemiology Section of the American Statistical Association presented him with the award at the 2011 Joint Statistical Meetings in Miami Beach, Florida. The award recognized Dr. Gail's seminal contributions to methods for the assessment of competing risks, surrogate markers, back-calculation estimation of the incidence and prevalence of AIDS, design and analysis of case-control studies, estimation of the number of deaths attributable to obesity and overweight, and estimation of attributable and absolute risk of breast cancer, which Dr. Gail has applied in developing the landmark Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool, also known as the Gail Model (