The Department of Biostatistics is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Christopher H. Schmid as chair of the Department effective 1 August 2018. Schmid has been with Brown since 2012 and is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health. Schmid succeeds Joseph Hogan, ScD in the position of chair. Before joining Brown, Schmid was on faculty of Tufts University School of Medicine where he served as Director of the Biostatistics Research Center and Associate Director of the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science program.
We are pleased to announce the promotion of Roee Gutman, PhD, to the position of Associate Professor of Biostatistics, with tenure. Dr. Gutman joined the Department of Biostatistics in 2011 following the successful completion of his PhD in statistics from Harvard University. Dr. Gutman completed his undergraduate degree in computer science and statistics and Master’s in statistics (summa cum laude, 2004) from Tel Aviv University. Dr.
Congratulations to Biostatistics graduating Master's student, Jerson Cochancela, who is being recognized by the School of Public Health with one of the three Master's of Public Health Impact Awards. The Graduate Awards recognize three exceptional Master's students (MPH, AM and ScM) for their impact in one or a combination of scholarship, service, citizenship and professional contributions.
Our heart-felt congratulations to Brown Biostatistics 2011 PhD Alumnus, Dr. Devin C. Koestler, on his recent promotion to Associate Professor of Biostatistics with tenure at Kansas University Medical Center.
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Adam Sullivan, recipient of the University’s Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2018. Professor Sullivan will be honored at the University’s Awards Ceremony on 30 April.
Congratulations to Dr. Jon Steingrimsson, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, who is a recipient of Brown University’s 2018 Salomon Award. Dr. Steingrimsson will be funded for his research proposal entitled “Deep Learning for Incomplete Data: Individualized Treatment Decisions for Breast Cancer Patients”.
Lorin Crawford, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, received a COBRE Computational Biology of Human Disease (CBHD) Institutional Pilot Award for work on “Marginal Epistasis Tests for Dishotomous Traits using Generalized Linear Models.” Dr. Crawford’s study will focus on Epistasis, commonly defined as the interaction between genetic loci, which has long been hypothesized to play a key role in defining the genetic architecture underlying complex traits.
As part of the Department’s newly-designed Biostatistics Master’s Journal Club/Career Development module, we are organizing a Career Information Series for the Spring 2018 semester. We are excited to welcome back several of our alumni who have agreed to return and provide our students with the opportunity to learn about health-related careers and job opportunities using biostatistics, data analysis and quantitative methods.
The 12th International Conference on Health Policy Statistics (ICHPS) is taking place this week in Charleston, SC. The ICHPS is the signature event of the American Statistical Association’s (ASA) Health Policy Statistics Section. The theme for the 2018 ICHPS is “Health Statistical Science Care, Policy, Outcomes” and Brown’s biostatisticians have a strong presence at the conference.