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Ebola vaccine site in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Ebola vaccine site in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
‘It’s really complicated.’ United States and others wrestle with putting COVID-19 vaccines to the test
Science,

“There are risk predictors that account for space and geography and features that are more constant like race, ethnicity or preexisting conditions. It’s really complicated," says Research Professor of Biostatistics Peter Gilbert.

Thomas Fleming
Thomas Fleming
Conducting Clinical Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Protecting Scientific Integrity
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA),

Thomas Fleming, professor of biostatistics, co-authored a recently published JAMA paper that addresses issues important to protecting the integrity of clinical trials conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Micro view of coronavirus
Micro view of coronavirus
A Conversation about COVID-19 with Biostatisticians and Epidemiologists
Harvard Data Science Review,

UW Biostatistics faculty members Thomas Fleming and Betz Halloran are among five leading biostatisticians and epidemiologists who debate the probable scope and duration of the pandemic, the kinds of medical responses that we need, and some of the impacts they foresee on the U.S. and on the world. They also discuss the pandemic's likely effect on higher education.

COVID-19 written on screen
COVID-19 written on screen
What computer-based models can tell us about coronavirus-and what they can't
PBS News Source,

Betz Halloran, professor of biostatistics and director of the Center for Inference and Dynamics of Infectious Diseases at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, is featured in this recent PBS News story. “You can't believe every number that comes out. But if we don't try to formulate our thinking about a complex process, then we will be running blind,” says Halloran.

Xihong Lin
Xihong Lin
Xihong Lin Shares Understandings from COVID-19 Data
National Institute of Statistical Sciences,

Xihong Lin (PhD, ’94), professor and former chair of the Department of Biostatistics and professor of statistics at Harvard University, gave a talk about data surrounding public health interventions that were put into place in Wuhan, China, which she compared to interventions implemented in the United States and in various countries in Europe. Watch the recorded presentation and read the take-home messages.

Woman walking on street wearing a protective face mask
Woman walking on street wearing a protective face mask
Data forecast modeling for COVID-19 poses challenges
KOMO News,

Ruth Etzioni, a population health scientist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and affiliate professor of biostatistics, says, "It's so gratifying in a way to see modeling in the news everyday," adding that quickly changing data about COVID-19 can be confusing.

Car backing into refrigerated truck on New York City street
Car backing into refrigerated truck on New York City street
New York City recorded 24,000 more deaths than normal over 2 months this spring. About 5,000 of those are still a mystery.
Business Insider,

Elizabeth Halloran, a biostatistician at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington, told Business Insider that New York City probably has a two-week delay in reporting deaths, but even then some deaths won't receive a proper diagnosis.

Three women from Women's Health Study
Three women from Women's Health Study
Ross Prentice and Rowan Chlebowski on New WHI Long-Term Outcomes With Modified Diet
MEDPAGE TODAY,

Nearly 20 years of cumulative follow-up of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) Dietary Modification trial turned up something new. For the first time there was a significant reduction in deaths due to breast cancer in the dietary intervention group