In May, the second annual Arthur Schatzkin Distinguished Lecture in Nutritional Epidemiology was held at the NIH Neuroscience Center in Rockville, Maryland. Dr. Laurence Freedman, Director of the Biostatistics Unit at the Gertner Institute for Epidemiology in Tel Hashomer, Israel, delivered the lecture, titled “A comedy of errors or much ado about nothing? Dietary measurement and nutritional epidemiology.”
Many methodological issues, including problems of dietary measurement, arise in nutritional epidemiology studies. Dr. Freedman’s lecture focused on whether dietary measurement error has been one of the major barriers to obtaining reliable results and on new approaches to alleviate the effects, including using self-report instruments and combining their use with biomarkers.
Dr. Freedman currently directs a research and consulting program in biostatistics and advises the Israeli government on public health policy. He has published extensively on such topics as therapeutic and prevention trials, epidemiology, and nutrition, with particular emphases on cancer research and nutritional epidemiology. Dr. Freedman previously worked for the British Medical Research Council and NCI. He served as Acting Branch Chief of the NCI Biometry Branch from 1993 to 1996, and he was part of the team that developed the Women’s Health Initiative and the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study.
NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, the NCI Division of Cancer Prevention, and DCEG established this annual lecture to honor the memory of Arthur Schatzkin, M.D., Dr.P.H., a visionary scientist, mentor, and leader in the field of nutrition and cancer.