News Archives

2020

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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How Not To Get Sick On A Plane: A Guide To Avoiding Pathogens

National Public Radio (NPR)
February 13, 2020
To cut your risk of catching a respiratory illness on your next flight, experts offer two pieces of common-sense advice: Wash your hands frequently and keep a distance from people who are sick. UW Biostatistics graduate Vicki Hertzberg (PhD, ’80), now a biostatistician at Emory University, talks about the study on flights and disease transmission she co-led with scientists at Boeing.
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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 to boost cancer clinical trial participation

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Hutch News
January 8, 2020
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.
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