Chenyang Gu recipient of SPH Norah Kahn Piore Award

Chenyang Gu, 4th-year Biostatistics doctoral candidate, has been selected as a one of the 2016 recipients of Brown's School of Public Health’s Nora Kahn Piore Award for his proposal entitled “The Development of a Functional Comorbidity Index with Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Score as the Outcome.”  Mr. Gu’s study will be among the first to develop a claims-based functional comorbidity index for predicting ADL function in frail older populations. Existing comorbidity indices, developed using claims data, have demonstrated a superior predictive ability for mortality, administrative outcomes or measures of physical function, over clinically-derived comorbidity measures. This study will specially design a functional comorbidity index for predicting ADL scores, which is expected to be more optimal than indices designed for other outcomes, when assessing patients' functional status trends, as well as to compare patients' care across facilities. Mr. Gu was honored to receive the School of Public Health’s Nora Kahn Piore award and noted “My plan is to share the results through conference presentations, publication and reproducible codes.”   

The School’s Nora Kahn Piore award has been established in recognition of the lifetime work of health policy expert, Norah Kahn Piore, and is made possible through the generosity of her daughter, Margot Piore Onek, MD ’64, P’91 and Joseph N. Onek.  Recipients of this award undertake research in health services with a focus on health status and access to health care by poor and underserved people.

Mr. Gu also received a Joint Statistical Meeting (JSM) 2016 student paper award from the Section on Bayesian Statistical Science (SBSS) of the American Statistical Association and will give a presentation entitled “Bayesian Multiple Imputation Procedures to Equate Health Assessment Questionnaires” at the JSM 2016 meeting this summer in Chicago.  This work is a joint effort with faculty advisor, Professor Roee Gutman.  Mr. Gu is hoping JSM 2016 will be an added opportunity to share his results from his Nora Kahn Piore Award.

Well done, Chenyang Gu!  Congratulations!