Data from the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC) Data Coordinating Center, led by Biostatistics faculty member Susanne May, was used in a recent study that found that individuals who experienced an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods were less likely to receive CPR from a bystander.
Joseph Unger (MS Biostat ’93, PhD Health Services ’13), a researcher and biostatistician at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, led a new study published in JAMA Oncology that explores loosening strict eligibility criteria for cancer clinical trials.
Study has implications for the use of personalized genetic risk in populations with diverse ancestries.Timothy Thornton, associate professor of biostatistics at the UW School of Public Health is senior author and co-authors include Andréa Horimoto, acting instructor of biostatistics and Ellen Wijsman, UW professor of medicine and biostatistics.
In a new study of more than 3,000 Caribbean Hispanics, researchers from the University of Washington found that individuals with African ancestry at a key Alzheimer’s gene had 39 percent lower odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease than individuals with European ancestry at the gene. “The results from our study have important implications for the use of personalized genetic risk in populations with diverse ancestries, even for well-established risk factors,” said senior author Tim Thornton, associate professor of biostatistics at the UW School of Public Health.
Studies by Sarah Nelson (PHG, PhD ’18), a research scientist with the Genetic Analysis Center in the Department of Biostatistics, are cited in a recent Nature News article about a controversial third-party interpretation app based on a genetic study of same-sex sexual behavior. “While the app has since been taken down, it portends a growing trend for app developers to prematurely roll out potentially sensitive science in the interest of interpreting individual genomes,” says Nelson.
Amy Willis, an assistant professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington has been awarded a $1.5M grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to improve statistical tools used to profile the microbiome using sequencing.
A new mathematical model developed at North Carolina State University in partnership with Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Amy Willis from the University of Washington is profile in this story. Their work highlights a new calibration tool they developed that shows how bias distorts results when measuring bacterial communities through metagenomic sequencing.