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Why the CDC needs number crunchers on the front lines of the opioid epidemic

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90.5 WESA - Who’s needed to fight the battle? At the October 2, 2017, conference sponsored by the PUBLIC HEALTH DYNAMICS LABORATORY and CTSI, CDC’s Sarah Bacon said an essential group of people must crunch the numbers to better understand the hows and the whys of the crisis: mathematicians, epidemiologists, data scientists, and statisticians. 

Pyne honored with two memorial oration awards in India

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SAUMYADIPTA PYNE, scientific director for the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory (PHDL) has been selected to receive two oration awards, both of which will be presented to him in India in November: The 2017 Subha Mukherjee Memorial Oration from the Physiological Society of India, and the Kiruba Sankar Memorial Oration from the St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences in Bangalore. 

Chiapetta app awarded $10,000 in Goldman Prize Competition

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PITTWIRE - On Saturday evening, October 18, 2017, the inaugural Goldman Prize Competition judges announced an $10,000 award for Triple Note: A Data Collection and Instruction App developed by LAUREL CHIAPPETTA, biostatistics core instructor, and Mary Margaret Kerr. The program helps field researchers store and access data, video, images, audio, ad other information in a single cloud-based source.  

Pyne appointed scientific director of PHDL

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Saumyadipta Pyne will join the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory (PHDL) as its scientific director and will also serve as an associate professor in the Department of Biostatistics, both at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, beginning October 1. “I am very excited that Dr. Pyne will be joining PHDL with an associate professor appointment in our biostatistics department,” commented Shyamal Peddada, chair of the Departmen... 

Peddada, government scientist and researcher, is new chair for Department of Biostatistics

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We welcome SHYAMAL D. PEDDADA as the new chair of the Department of Biostatistics. He comes to us from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), where he was the acting branch chief of the Biostatistics and Computational Biology Branch and a senior tenured investigator. He also held adjunct appointments as professor of biostatistics at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill and professor... 

Marsh’s global study finds no increased lung cancer risk for hard metal workers

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INSURANCE JOURNAL - “Our findings will affect regulatory agencies and how they set exposure standards,” said principal investigator GARY MARSH, professor of biostatistics and director/founder of the school’s Center for Occupational Biostatistics and Epidemiology. “It is very good news that the workers in this industry are not at increased risk of death due to the materials used in their occupation, both for the employees and for the hard metal in... 

Seasonal change in the gut

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SCIENCE - Incoming biostatistics chair, SHYAMAL PEDDADA, offers an invited scholarly review of research by Smits et al. into how the gut microbiome in hunter-gatherer communities responds to seasonal changes in diet, activity, and the external environment. Even as high gut microbial diversity contributes protective effects among long-lived hunter gatherers, this microbial diversity is dropping among modernizing societies. 

Tseng and Ma use Bayesian hierarchical models to detect and categorize biomarkers in RNA sequencing

RNA-SEQ BLOG - Important work by biostatistics and human genetics professor GEORGE TSENG and biostatistics PhD student TIANZHOU MA proposes a full Bayesian hierarchical model for RNA-seq meta-analysis by modelling count data, integrating information across genes and across studies, and modelling potentially heterogeneous differential signals across studies via latent variables. 

Alumna Lo-Cignic working to identify individuals at risk of inappropriate prescription opioid use

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KVOA NEWS 4 - New prediction tools to identify patients at risk of inappropriate prescription opioid use, while allowing safe administration of legitimate pain management are being developed by alumna WEI-HSUAN JENNY LO-CIGANIC (BIOST '10, EPI '05), now an assistant professor with the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. Her newly-funded work builds on research she completed as a postdoctoral associate at Pitt's HEALTH POLICY INSTITUTE. 

Professors Jeong and Tseng honored as Fellows of the American Statistical Association

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ASA NEWS - Biostatistics professors Jong-Hyeon Jeong and George C. Tseng are to  be honored with the prestigious distinction of Fellows of the American Statistical Association (ASA) for their professional contributions, leadership and commitment to the field of statistical science. "The statistics community, as well as other scientific disciplines, needs to look no further than these remarkable individuals who have proven that collaboration, inno... 

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