Disparities found in lung cancer care, survival in U.S. versus England
Despite steady declines in death rates in recent years, lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths in wealthy countries. In a new study, Yale researchers collaborated with investigators in Europe to examine lung cancer care and survival rates for patients with one of the most common forms of the disease.
Aging impairs innate immune response to flu
Aging impairs the immune system’s response to the flu virus in multiple ways, weakening resistance in older adults, according to a Yale study. The research reveals why older people are at increased risk of illness and death from flu, the researchers said.
Yale Biostatistics Researcher Awarded $13 Million Grant to Study Glioma Brain Tumors
A team of scientists led by Dr. Elizabeth B. Claus, professor of biostatistics at the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) and an attending neurosurgeon in the Department of Neurosurgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, recently received a $13 million grant to help answer these questions by investigating the molecular evolution of lower-grade gliomas.
Breaking Down Barriers, Bringing Interventions to Life
The Yale Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science (CMIPS) works to break through the barriers that keep evidence-based interventions from going mainstream while also expediting the transition from research to practice. Led by Dr. Donna Spiegleman, the center is pioneering new methods to optimize the impact of targeted interventions.
Biostatistics Modelers Pioneering a New Direction for Public Health Investigations
Data scientists in the Yale School of Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics are using advanced mathematical modeling to help public health professionals identify effective interventions and strategies to address today’s complex public health issues. By applying creative computer simulation and analysis, our scientists are pioneering new ways of investigating public health data in situations where more traditional forms of research are difficult to do due to logistical, temporal, or other barriers.
Health Informatics Professor Working to Reduce Inequities — one app at a time
As the director of the Consumer Health Informatics Lab (CHIL) at Yale, Assistant Professor Terika McCall, PhD, MPH, MBA, is using the latest in digital and mobile technologies to reduce disparities and improve physical and mental well-being among traditionally underserved groups. As part of that effort, McCall is creating new smartphone applications intended to improve mental health resources for Black women and support formerly incarcerated individuals returning to the community. And she’s just getting started.
A Biostatistics Doctoral Student Finds Community at the Yale School of Public Health
Having never visited the U.S., Yaqing Xu was initially hesitant about entering the master’s degree program in the Yale School of Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics. But positive support from her professors and fellow students, along with exciting course material and research opportunities, confirmed she made the right choice. Xu stayed on at Yale to take advantage of the department’s stellar PhD program, adding to the department’s many stories of outstanding student success.
Leading the Way in Collaborative Science: The Yale Center for Analytical Science
The Yale Center for Analytical Sciences is leading the way in collaborative science. In partnership with the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation and the Yale School of Public Health, the center combines existing academic strengths in biostatistics, epidemiology, health economics, health policy, health services, and big data research at Yale. Its primary mission is to collaborate with investigators on studies to improve health and advance the development of innovative analytical methods while educating and training the next generation of researchers and methodologists.
Award-winning Associate Professor Yize Zhao Applies Innovative Statistical Methods to Advance Medical Science
In the Yale School of Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics, Associate Professor Yize Zhao is developing innovative statistical and machine learning methods to advance our knowledge of how the intricate processes within our brains impact our mental and physical well-being, and how these processes contribute to debilitating diseases like Alzheimer’s and depression.
A Master’s Degree Student’s Story: Learning to analyze complex data and hitting the gym
First-year master’s degree student Zichun Xu chose the Yale School of Public Health to pursue his studies in biostatistics because of its world-class faculty and engaging academic environment. He particularly enjoys the school’s academic freedom to take classes in related disciplines across Yale. But student life is not all lectures and studying. In his downtime, Xu can often be found playing basketball at the Payne Whitney Gym or biting into a slice of New Haven’s world-famous pizza.
Samah, Fodeh, PhD joins NIH Bridge2AI Program
Samah Fodeh, PhD, assistant professor of emergency medicine and biostatistics, recently joined the Bridge2AI program. Funded by the NIH’s Common Fund, the aim of the program is to tackle challenging medical problems and accelerate discovery through the use of artificial intelligence (AI). As one of the co-principal investigators, Fodeh will help develop training modules that connect the use of AI to the biomedical field.
How to Tell whether a Cancer Is Caused by Plain Bad Luck
Cancer results from a combination of spontaneous mutations that arise with age—just call it “bad luck”—and environmental exposures to carcinogens such as tobacco, ultraviolet light or viruses. But the question of the relative contribution of luck—compared with more explicit causes—has generated vigorous debate for years.Source: Scientific American
Yale CMIPS Faculty Member Dr. Fan Li Receives PCORI Grant to Develop New Methods for Planning Cluster Randomized Trials
We as humans differ from one another in our backgrounds, genetics, and health conditions. For instance, most of us are aware that no two people are the same based on our genetic makeup and lived experiences. Yet clinical trials are often not designed to powerfully analyze how various individual differences like age, health history, and socioeconomic status impact the effect of specific interventions. Fan Li, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and faculty member at the Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science (CMIPS) at the Yale School of Public Health, has recently received an award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to develop new methods for planning cluster randomized trials that will incorporate such factors into relevant research and interventions.
The Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science (CMIPS) Welcomes New Members, Drs. Debbie Humphries, Christine Simon, and Junhan Fang
The Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science (CMIPS) welcomes two new associate faculty members, Drs. Debbie Humphries and Christine L. Simon, and a new postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Junhan Fang. Their arrival reflects CMIPS’ ongoing efforts to foster a multidisciplinary network of researchers dedicated to developing and disseminating innovative methodological approaches to increasing the uptake and implementation of effective public health interventions.