Biostatistics News

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

Ecklund named to Society for Clinical Trials Class of 2021 Fellows

Congratulations to Dixie Ecklund, director of operations, Clinical Trials Statistical & Data Management Center (CTSDMC), for being selected to join the Society for Clinical Trials Class of 2021 Fellows. Published March 18, 2021

Scientific Staff Advancement Award will provide training to CTSDMC teams

Congratulations to Janel Fedler, director of biostatistics and data sharing at the Clinical Trials Statistical and Data Management Center (CTSDMC), for receiving the Scientific Staff Advancement Award from the CPH Research Office. The funds will be used to provide CTSDMC staff with training to implement the CDISC standards. Published March 2, 2021

Students inspired to support Chaloner Memorial Scholarship fund

The Biostatistics Student Organization (BSO) recently contributed a monetary gift to the Kathryn M. Chaloner Memorial Scholarship fund. "Giving allows the department to continue to attract exceptional students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds to grow our amazing community," says Melissa Jay, BSO president. Published February 9, 2021

CPH students featured in ‘Dare to Discover’ campaign

Congratulations to CPH students Crystal Garcia, Chelsea Hicks, Felix Pabon-Rodriguez, Caitlin Ward, and Noah Wick, who are featured in this year's Dare to Discover campaign. The campaign showcases researchers, scholars, and creators from across the University of Iowa. Published January 27, 2021

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