Biostatistics Seminar Series

Kaleab Z. Abebe, University of Pittsburgh & BIOSTAT Student Awards

Thursday 4/13 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Biostatistics Seminar speaker, Kaleab Abebe, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Medicine and Biostatistics, University of Pittsburgh, will present immediately following the Biostatistics Student Award ceremony. 

Carving out a niche in clinical trials as a collaborating (bio)statistician

PhD statisticians with collaborative skills are heavily sought after in academic medical centers.  The combination of technical expertise as well as interpersonal skills results in a “dynamic duo” of traits that are imperative for long term collaborative relationships.  However, many faculty positions suited for collaborative statisticians are soft-money, which require nearly 100% of their salaries to be covered by external funds (i.e. NIH grants).  Depending on the funding climate at a particular institution, some statisticians are forced to collaborate with any and all researchers that walk through their door rather than restricting collaborations to a focused content area.  In this talk, I will discuss my experience as a collaborating statistician in the School of Medicine, from working on an adolescent depression study as a graduate student researcher to leading a data coordinating center (DCC) for a multi-center clinical trial consortium in polycystic kidney disease.  I will also describe how this experience motivated my interesting in improving the clinical trials infrastructure and led to the creation of a Center for Clinical Trials & Data Coordination (CCDC).  

NOTE:  Biostatistics Student Awards Ceremony will be conducted before the seminar – ceremony starts at 3 pm.

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