News Archive from August, 2020

Professor Joe Hogan, Harvard’s 2020 Lagakos Distinguished Alumni Award

Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Hogan, the Carole and Lawrence Sirovich Professor of Public Health and Professor of Biostatistics here at Brown’s School of Public Health, on the recent recognition from his alma mater, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with the 2020 Lagakos Distinguished Alumni Award.

Gutman Recognized with Dean's 2020 Excellence in Research Collaboration Award

During this year’s National Public Health Week, Professor Roee Gutman was recognized by Brown University’s School of Public Health with the 2020 Dean’s Award in Excellence in Research Collaboration. Professor Gutman joined Brown’s Department of Biostatistics in 2011 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2018. 

Chair of Biostatistics Christopher Schmid provides commentary on technology that allows individuals to do their own studies in collaboration with their physicians.

A growing number of researchers are finding meaningful, impactful results through “N of 1” studies in which scientific discoveries are being made for “one person at a time.” Among the various examples, a 2018 study involving Schmid along with Dr. Richard Kravitz of the University of California, Davis, and their other collaborators was referenced in a recent Knowable Magazine article.

Lorin Crawford, PhD, named in The Root 100 2019

Congratulations to Professor Lorin Crawford who has been named by The Root among the 100 most influential and prominent members of the African American community! Professor Crawford is being recognized as “an up-and-coming researcher…. developing statistical models to help scientists better understand genetic disorders.”

Alzheimer’s study finds PET scan affects patient diagnosis, management

A new national study found that brain imaging to detect Alzheimer’s-related plaques affected clinical diagnosis and management of patients with mild cognitive impairment and dementia. The findings are a step toward understanding how imaging results ultimately affect patient outcomes.

Brown biostatisticians lead statistics for national mammography trial

The ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group and the National Cancer Institute have launched the Tomosynthesis Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (TMIST), a randomized trial that will enroll 165,000 U.S. women to compare two types of digital mammography for breast cancer screening. Brown University’s Center for Statistical Sciences and the Department of Biostatistics will serve as the hub for handling the massive statistical challenges of the study.

Bringing evidence to health screening debates

Questions about health screenings — Whether to screen? How often? At what age? At what cost? — seem to readily breed conflicting opinions and public confusion. What’s needed is rigorously produced evidence. That’s where Constantine Gatsonis, chair of the Department of Biostatistics at Brown University, comes in.