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Numbers don’t lie, but sometimes our brains do

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Hutch News
February 14, 2020
UW Biostatistics faculty members Peter Gilbert and Ruth Etzioni, along with UW Biostat graduate Mary Redman (PhD ’04), are also top statisticians at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. They talk about the statistics they often seen misinterpreted by the public and misreported in science news stories, which can spread misunderstandings far and wide.
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'Ghost' DNA In West Africans Complicates Story Of Human Origins

National Public Radio (NPR)
February 12, 2020
There aren't any bones or ancient DNA to prove that 50,000 years ago ancient humans in what is now West Africa procreated with another group of ancient humans that scientists didn't know existed, but researchers say the evidence is in the genes of modern West Africans. UW Research Professor of Biostatistics Sharon Browning comments that ghost DNA appears frequently in the genetic material. "That tells us that these archaic populations might have had some DNA that did some useful stuff that's proved to be useful to the modern population."
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Faculty receive $15.6 million NHLBI award to expand MESA research, promote diversity

UW School of Public Health
February 11, 2020
The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) – a 20-year study of the characteristics, predictors and progression of subclinical cardiovascular disease and other risk markers – has been renewed for another five years with nearly $15.6 million in funding from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The study’s coordinating center is housed in the University of Washington School of Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics, at the Collaborative Health Studies Coordinating Center.
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Are we doing diet and nutrition research wrong?

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Hutch News
January 29, 2020
A Q&A with public health researcher and UW Professor of Biostatistics Ross Prentice on how to assess and improve studies of diet and chronic disease
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How is biostatistician Susan Shortreed improving care?

Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
December 3, 2019
Susan Shortreed, PhD, senior investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) and a UW affiliate associate professor of biostatistics, was recently elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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Drawing out trustworthy health information from electronic health records

UW School of Public Health
November 5, 2019
Marco Carone, an assistant professor of biostatistics and the Norman Breslow Endowed Faculty Fellow at the University of Washington School of Public Health, recently received a $2.7 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop novel statistical tools to more effectively describe the health effects, both intended and unintended, of common medical therapies using data from electronic health records (EHRs).
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