The UCLA Department of Biostatistics hosted the 2013 WNAR Conference, the annual joint meeting of the Western North American Region of the International Biometric Society and Institute of Mathematical Statistics, June 16-19, 2013.
On Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Donatello Telesca and Christina Ramirez attended amfAR’s GenerationCURE Los Angeles Kick-Off Party. Earlier that Monday Christina Ramirez also gave a talk at an amfAR event, “Are we any closer to a cure for HIV?” The generationCURE was formed by a small group of young professionals from the fields of finance, art, media, and entertainment in the fall of 2011; a committee of young people dedicated to helping amfAR accelerate its search for a cure for HIV/AIDS by grooming the next, and hopefully the last, generation of HIV/AIDS champions. (See image 1,image 2, flyer)
Janet Sinsheimer has been elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association (2013).
Congratulations to Christina Ramirez, whose work was mentioned in an article, Subset of CD4 Cells May Hold Key To Reaching HIV Cure, Science Magazine, March 2013, DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6125.1262. (PDF)
Congratulations to Damla Senturk, who has been elected to be the WNAR (Western North American Region of the International Biometric Society) Regional Committee Representative. Her term will be for three years. The committee consists of the President (chair), President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Program Coordinator, Past-President, IBS council members from WNAR (ex-officio) and six ordinary members. Committee members are required to attend the annual regional meetings and approve dues increases, WNAR expenditures over $700, and affiliations with other societies for the purpose of joint meetings, and time and place of Regional meetings.
On Saturday, March 9, 2013 Ron Brookmeyer was interviewed by the BBC World Service for the radio program “More or Less”. The program deals with statistics and numbers and how they are used in the news and everyday life. He discussed global HIV statistics and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Link to BCC World Service, More or Less - HIV in numbers.
Robert Weiss is biostatistician on the Improving Syncope Risk Stratification in Older Adults grant and will lead the team analyzing data collected under the grant, including imputing missing data, setting out priors for regression coefficients, and using Bayesian variable selection to identify predictors of mortality and severe cardiac events. The goal is to stratify incoming Emergency Department (ED) visitors who have syncope and are otherwise undiagnosed to help ED doctors potentially flag visitors who are at risk of more serious outcomes as opposed to those who can be released after testing. The PI is Ben Sun, an MD at Oregon Health Sciences University. The long-term goal of this proposal is to eliminate unnecessary admissions of older adults with unexplained syncope (transient loss of consciousness or fainting) by improving risk prediction. There are 740,000 annual events of syncope in the United States that lead to an emergency department (ED) visit, resulting in 250,000 hospital admissions and $2.4 billion in yearly hospital costs; these costs add little to improve patient outcomes.
Associate Professor Mirjam Moerbeek from the Department of Methods and Statistics at Utrecht University in The Netherlands will visit Weng Kee Wong from February 18th-March 1st, 2013. Her research focus is on statistical power analysis and optimal (experimental) design, especially for trials with multilevel, longitudinal or discrete-time survival endpoints.
The Department of Biostatistics would like to give a warm welcome to Anton Westveld who will be visiting for the month of January 2013. Anton Westveld is an assistant professor in statistics at the University of Canberra, Australia. He is also an associate of the University of Arizona with the Statistics Laboratory at the Bio5 Institute and the Statistics GIDP. Anton received his PhD in Statistics from the Statistics Department at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he was an active member in the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences. His research interests include Bayesian methodology and theory, statistical methods for interaction/relational data (networks, game theory), and statistical applications in the social (economics, political science, public policy), environmental, and biological sciences.
On December 6, 2012, Weng Kee Wong gave the talk “Using Animal Instincts to Design Efficient Biological Experiments” at Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California. He will also give the same talk and a workshop on Recent Development of Biostatistics & Statistics at Department of Applied Mathematics, Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, December 18-19, 2012.