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1976 Biostatistics Alumni Return for Mini-reunion

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Biostatistics alumni from the class of 1976 Bill Brant, Jim Daley (pictured), and Steve Belle met-up at the school on September 9, 2016, for a mini-reunion... 

Bouchowski, Recipient of Alumni Award for Research

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Nancy Obuchowski (BIOST '87, '91) was honored with the Award for Research on May 29, 2015, at the annual Alumni Awards dinner.  

Chang Recognized with Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination

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Chung-Chou "Joyce" H. Chang (BIOST '98) was recognized on May 17 with the 2014 Award for Teaching and Dissemination at the annual Alumni Awards dinner. 

Boyle Receives 2013 Alumni Award for Research

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Coleen Boyle (BIOST '78, EPI ’81) was recognized with the Alumni Award for Research on March 28, 2013, during the annual Alumni Award dinner. 

Kudos to biostats student Victor Talisa on contribution to major JAMA paper on sepsis

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JAMA -- Congratulations to VICTOR TALISA (BIOS '15) on his contribution to "Proportion and Cost of Unplanned 30-Day Readmissions After Sepsis Compared With Other Medical Conditions," an analysis of hospital readmissions due to sepsis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Talisa served as second author under his doctoral advisor and co-author JOYCE CHANG. 

DC alumni reception brings together friends and colleagues

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Dozens of Pitt Public Health grads from the capital area gathered at Penn Social during the 2017 ASPPH annual meeting, joining Dean Burke and host faculty for hearty conversations and refreshments. If the forecast of snow scared you away, we missed you! Access our photo albums anytime at www.publichealth.pitt.edu/flickr. 

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. 

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Our Graduates Have Great Success Stories

Alumni of the Department of Biostatistics make an impact in all areas of public health. Here are profiles of a few of our notable alumni. 

John Lachin (ScD ’72) is professor of biostatistics and epidemiology at the George Washington University (GWU) School of Public Health and Health Services in Washington, D.C. He served as director of the Biostatistics Center at GWU from 1988 to 2000, and led the development of the GWU Graduate Programs in Biostatistics and Epidemiology. Currently, he is principal investigator of the Coordinating Centers for the Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications and The Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes: A Comparative Effectiveness Study, and is coinvestigator for the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study. Lachin is a fellow of the Society for Clinical Trials, American Statistical Association, and the Royal Statistical Society, and a member of the International Statistical Institute.

Myunghee Cho Paik (PhD ’87), who until recently was a professor of biostatistics and director of the DrPH program at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York, is now at Seoul National University in South Korea. Paik is coauthor, along with Joseph L. Fleiss and Bruce Levin, of the third edition of Statistical Methods for Rates and Proportions (Wiley-Interscience, 2003).

Daniel Schaid (MS ’81, PhD ’86) is a professor in the Biostatistics Section of the Mayo Clinic Department of Health Sciences Research in Rochester, Minn. From 1986–92, Schaid worked in cancer clinical trials and genetic studies at the Mayo Clinic, and since his sabbatical leave from 1992–93 to work on statistical genetics problems, he has been investigating statistical methods for genetic linkage and association studies. His research areas include quantitative methods for genetic epidemiology, collaborative genetic analyses, prostate cancer, pharmacogenetics of phase II drug-metabolizing enzymes, and Alzheimer's disease.

John Scott (PhD ’08) is acting deputy director of the Division of Biostatistics at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) in Washington, D.C. Prior to this position, he was acting team leader for hematology and mathematical statistician in the Therapeutics Evaluation Branch at CBER. He also worked as a statistician at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC, primarily in clinical trials in adult affective disorders, behavioral pharmacology, and sleep medicine.
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