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Wahed receives funding to develop SMART patient-centered clinical trial methods

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PITTWIRE -  With over $1 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Abdus Wahed, professor of  biostatistics , and his team will launch a three-year project to develop methodological and statistical guidance for a new way of testing treatment sequences through adaptive and sequential clinical trials that better center patient needs and interests. Co-investigators on this project include Yu Cheng and Zhao Ren of t... 

Ying Ding selected as Health Sciences Ascending Star awardee

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Congratulations to BIOSTAT’s Ying Ding who was selected as Health Sciences Ascending Star awardee! This honor was established to recognize highly productive, creative mid-career faculty members in the six Schools of the Health Sciences and is accompanied by $25,000 in research support. The inaugural group of awardees was selected from more than twenty outstanding nominees and sheds light on the tremendous breadth and depth of their scientific ac... 

New Public Health Leaders Named

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Two departments will welcome new leaders in time for the fall semester. Mary Hawk has been appointed chair of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and Yan Ma will lead the Department of Biostatistics. “We are excited to welcome these leaders,” said Dean Maureen Lichtveld. “They bring extensive research and teaching experience, compelling visions and effective management skills to their new roles.”  

This Pitt researcher is using data to fight the opioid epidemic

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PITTWIRE - Jeanine Buchanich, a research associate professor in Biostatistics, is taking a big-picture approach to figuring out what programs will best tackle the problem.Buchanich has evaluated public health interventions as varied as community-level training for first responders on naloxone use and stigma reduction; county and municipal health department prevention efforts; the Patient Advocacy Program, which helps patients who have been presc... 

Meet our Faculty: Jong Jeong

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While Jong Jeong’s mother wanted him to be a government official, as a kid he was open to exploring his options. Eventually he pursued statistics and came to Pitt Public Health as a faculty member and administrator who is also a fellow of the American Statistical Association. Jeong is proud of the work of his fellow faculty as well as his students and is excited to get back to in-person teaching and working. Meet our Interim Chair of BIOST.    ... 

Meet our Faculty: Eleanor Feingold

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Eleanor Feingold has been a faculty member holding various administrative roles at Pitt Public Health for over 20 years, currently serving as both the chair of the  Department of Human Genetics  and Vice Dean. She counts mentoring each of her students among the highlights of her career and she works tirelessly to ensure that Pitt Public Health is operating at it’s best. Spending the 2021-22 academic year as an American Council on Education Fello... 

Feingold selected for American Council on Education Fellowship

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PITT WIRE - Congratulations to HUGEN and BIOST's Eleanor Feingold, recently promoted to vice dean, who was named to the 2021-22 class of the longest-running, cohort-based higher education leadership development progam in the U.S. Many of its alumni are now university presidents and provosts and acceptance is extremely competitive.   

Leadership transitions

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Dean Lichtveld announced upcoming leadership changes: Steve Albert to step down as BCHS chair with Velpandi Ayyavoo to serve as interim chair; Eleanor Feingold to become vice dean, Jessie Burke to interim as Feingold receives American Council on Education Fellowship. Dan Weeks will be interim chair of HUGEN.   

Ding wins 2021 Craig Award

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Congratulations to Ying Ding! "As a teacher, Dr. Ding can answer very hard theory questions as well as practical problems that students may have about statistics, and she is also experienced in inspiring a student's interests in statistics," said one nominator. Other nominators said she was accessible both in and out of the classroom and willing to encourage discussion and encourage work outside of the classroom.   

BIG STAKES, BIG STATS: Making sense of COVID-19 trials

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PITTWIRE — When we hear about clinical trials, we might picture doctors and patients partnering to test new therapies. What we might not think about are the many others who make those studies happen. Take Maria Mori Brooks, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, who makes sense of the numbers generated by multicenter research collaborations. As co-director of the Epidemiology Data Center, she helps design and optimize data collection and m... 

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