Biostatistics News

Kaiser studies obesity treatment response variability in humans

Kathryn Kaiser, PhD, instructor in the Office of Energetics—collaborating with Gary Gadbury, PhD, adjunct professor in the Department of Biostatistics, Section on Statistical Genetics—described and provided two illustrations of statistical methods to estimate upper and lower bounds of WL treatment response heterogeneity (TRH) in the absence of genotypic data, using published summary statistics from 66 recent weight-loss studies and a raw data set from one large study of 18 months duration.

Judd and team research association between dietary patterns and incident stroke in Black Americans

Black Americans and residents of the Southeastern United States are known to be at increased risk of stroke. Suzanne E. Judd, PhD, along with other colleagues—investigated diet as one of many potential factors that might explain racial and regional disparities.

Katholi Award Recipient 2013

Samantha R. Seals, PhD is the 2013 Recipient of the Charles R. Katholi Distinguished Dissertation Award from the Department of Biostatistics.

Patrice Capers and Chelsea Singleton win travel award to Institute on Teaching and Mentoring

The FASEB/MARC Program is sponsoring Patrice L. Capers, PhD, MSCR, MERIT postdoctoral scholar in the Office of Energetics, and Chelsea R. Singleton, MPH, doctoral candidate for NORC, to attend the Compact for Faculty Diversity’s 2013 Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, scheduled for October 31-November 3 in Arlington, Virginia.

Howard becomes first non-physician to receive prestigious award

George Howard, Dr.P.H., professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Biostatistics, has been awarded the Mayo Clinic Daniel C. Gainey Named Visiting Professorship in Stroke and Related Diseases for 2013. The Gainey Award committee unanimously endorsed Howard’s nomination.

Association between candidate genes and obesity in European Americans

Candidate genes in pathways related to food intake and energy expenditure were tested for association with body mass index (BMI) by Peng Li, graduate student trainee in the Department of Biostatistics, and his MS mentor Nianjun Liu, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Biostatistics, along with

National variation in computed tomography of the head analyzed

Head computed tomography (CT) technical factors used in the United States were examined by Gary Cutter, PhD, professor in the Department of Biostatistics and head of the Section on Research Methods and Clinical Trials, and Guoqiao Wang, doctoral student in the Department of Biostatistics, with other colleagues to provide a baseline for future guidelines.

Mold Toxins Tied to AIDS Epidemic

A type of fungus coating much of the stored corn, wheat, rice and nuts in developing countries may be quietly worsening the AIDS epidemic, according to a paper published today in the World Mycotoxin Journal.

Can you believe what you read in the (scientific and news) papers?

Ivan Oransky, MD presented a successful lecture Friday, June the 14th, at the Ryals School of Public Health Building, entitled: Can you believe what you read in the (scientific and news) papers? Oransky has taught medical reporting in the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program since 2002. He is executive editor of Reuters Health.


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