Biostatistics News

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

Recent biostats alumna develops model to improve clinical trials process

Recent biostatistics graduate Alexandra Curtis (20PhD, 17MS) developed a statistical model for determining the best doses of new drugs and treatments that balances safety and efficacy for patient subgroups. She'll continue to pursue interdisciplinary research at the pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly and Company. Published January 6, 2021

Researchers reveal racial disparities in pedestrian injuries

A new study from the University of Iowa College of Public Health reveals that pedestrian injuries are worse for most minorities in the US compared to whites, a racial disparity that points to inequities in access to safe transportation. "Basically in every indicator we looked at, we saw worse outcomes, particularly among Black, Hispanic, and multi-racial groups," says Cara Hamann, clinical assistant professor of epidemiology, who was the principal investigator on the study. Published December 10, 2020

University of Iowa to implement asymptomatic COVID-19 screening

At a faculty senate meeting, CPH assistant professor of biostatistics Dan Sewell and professor of internal medicine and pathology Dan Diekema said the UI plans to expand surveillance testing and screening at the university, emphasizing the importance to test more than just symptomatic students. (Daily Iowan) Published December 10, 2020

Cavanaugh comments on how Iowa’s positivity rates are calculated

The Iowa COVID-19 positivity rates may be even higher than the state has reported, in part because some numbers aren't made public. Joe Cavanaugh, CPH professor and head of biostatistics, says Iowa should report the total number of tests given in addition to the number of people tested. (The Gazette) Published November 11, 2020

Helicopter vibrations launch stroke study

A team of UI researchers has discovered that low-frequency vibrations, such as those associated with helicopter transport, have the potential to change the way clot-busting drugs are administered to stroke patients. M. Bridget Zimmerman, CPH clinical professor of biostatistics, contributed to the research. (Medicine Iowa) Published October 29, 2020

Podcast: The complexities of infectious disease modeling

The latest episode features Dan Sewell and Caitlin Ward from the Department of Biostatistics. They share their thoughts about working on the COVID-19 modeling app for the state of Iowa and the complexities of infectious disease modeling. Published October 15, 2020

Cavanaugh comments on mask mandates

Joe Cavanaugh, professor and head of biostatistics, commented on mask mandates, saying that "sending that message at the state level is, I think, an important step in emphasizing the importance of it." (Kaiser Health News) Published October 8, 2020

Iowa researchers receive grant to study hypertensive disorders of pregnancy

Researchers from the University of Iowa have received a $3.5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study the associations of sedentary behavior, physical activity, and sleep with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Published October 8, 2020

CDC funds UI CompEpi researchers in fight against COVID-19

The University of Iowa Computational Epidemiology Research Group—commonly known as CompEpi—recently received a $3.3 million grant from the CDC to continue tracking the spread of healthcare-associated infections that include COVID-19.  Published October 7, 2020

Webinar: Public Health Careers in the Age of COVID-19

Five CPH alumni recently took part in a webinar to discuss different public health career roles and how they are responding to COVID-19 in their professional and personal lives. A recording of the panel discussion is now available. Published September 17, 2020


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