Biostatistics News

The latest news from the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

CPH receives award renewal to continue birth defect research

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has renewed a $4.3 million grant to the University of Iowa College of Public Health for a project to identify factors in early pregnancy that may increase the risk of major structural birth defects. Paul Romitti, CPH professor of epidemiology, is the principal investigator on the award. (Iowa Now) Published October 4, 2018

Call for abstracts: HEAL health equity summit

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit an abstract for possible poster presentation at the April 4, 2019, Health Equity Advancement Lab (HEAL) Summit at the College of Public Health. Abstracts are due by Nov. 5, 2018. Published October 4, 2018

New multiple sclerosis drug slows brain shrinkage, study shows

A new drug has been shown to slow brain shrinkage in multiple sclerosis patients, according to a new preliminary trial conducted in part with the University of Iowa. The UI's Clinical Trials Statistical Data Management Center served as the data coordinating center for the study. (The Gazette) Published September 5, 2018

UI analysis finds significant increase in number of US children diagnosed with ADHD over 20 years

The number of children in the United States diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) increased from 6.1 percent to 10.2 percent from 1997 to 2016, according to an analysis from the University of Iowa published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network Open. This upward trend cut across all demographic subgroups, says Wei Bao, assistant professor of epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health and study co-author. (Iowa Now) Published August 31, 2018

Study finds drug slows brain shrinkage in people with MS

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the drug ibudilast slows down brain shrinkage in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Clinical trial results showed that ibudilast slowed the rate of brain atrophy by 48 percent among 255 participants with progressive MS when compared with an inactive placebo. The Clinical Trials and Statistical Data Management Center (CTSDMC) based at the University of Iowa College of Public Health served as the data coordinating center for this study.  Published August 31, 2018

Coffey to present CPH Distinguished Faculty Lecture Aug. 29

Chris Coffey, professor of biostatistics and director of the Clinical Trials Statistical and Data Management Center, will present the 2018 College of Public Health Distinguished Faculty Lecture. His talk, "We Built This Network: How NeuroNEXT Increases Innovative Design in Academic Trials," will take place Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 12:30 p.m. in Callaghan Auditorium. Published August 1, 2018

A Statistically Significant Summer

Data crunching isn't a typical summer activity for most college students, but for 16 undergraduates who traveled to the University of Iowa to attend the Iowa Summer Institute in Biostatistics (ISIB), it was a big part of their skill-building experience. This year, one team's research experience won't end with the last day of the program -- instead, the students will continue their work under the supervision of a faculty member at their home institution, along with guidance from their UI faculty mentor. The ultimate goal is to produce a published paper. Published July 31, 2018

NIH NeuroNEXT renewal includes expanded role for UI clinical research

The University of Iowa is expanding its role in a network of neurological research centers funded by the National Institutes of Health. The NIH announced a renewal of funding for Network for Excellence in Neuroscience Clinical Trials, or NeuroNEXT, a research program that helps streamline phase II clinical trials for brain, nerve, and muscle disorders. The UI College of Public Health's Clinical Trials and Statistical Data Management Center, led by Chris Coffey, professor of biostatistics, already serves as the data coordinating center for the initiative. Published July 25, 2018

Federal funding for research increases at the University of Iowa

The University of Iowa had another strong year for projects that will benefit Iowans, the country, and world thanks to an increase in federal funding for research and the number of proposals, grants, and contracts awarded in fiscal year 2018. The College of Public Health saw in increase in research dollars, up 15 percent or $5.8 million over last year, to $43.8 million in FY 18. (Iowa Now) Published July 19, 2018

Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellowship information session is Sept. 19

Are you interested in investigating and illuminating global public health issues that are overlooked and unreported? Learn more about the 2019 summer reporting fellowship with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting at an information session on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in C217 CPHB. Published July 16, 2018

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