In November, DCEG staff participated in the scientific symposium Statistics in Biomedical Research: Making and Translating New Discoveries. The symposium was sponsored by the NIH Biostatistics Interest Group and included a special salute to the public health contributions of Mitchell H. Gail, M.D., Ph.D., a senior investigator in the Biostatistics Branch (BB).
Several BB members helped organize the event, including Nilanjan Chatterjee, Ph.D., Branch Chief, Prisca Fall-Keita, M.A., scientific support manager, and senior investigators Barry I. Graubard, Ph.D., and Ruth M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D. Other organizers included Zhen Chen, Ph.D., Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; Michelle Dunn, Ph.D., NCI Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences; Misrak Gezmu, Ph.D., National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Grant Izmirlian, Ph.D., NCI Division of Cancer Prevention; and Gang Zheng, Ph.D., National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
The symposium brought together investigators in quantitative fields from across NIH and the biomedical research community. It also provided a forum for statisticians to exchange ideas about major statistical issues that cut across varying disciplines of medical research.
Margaret A. Tucker, M.D., DCEG’s Acting Director, and Dr. Chatterjee offered opening remarks to begin the day. The symposium featured invited talks from senior scientists and a poster session for junior investigators. Dr. Pfeiffer chaired a session on epidemiology and genetics. Other topics included statistical issues in clinical trials and infectious diseases as well as risk modeling and its use in public health applications.