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November 23, 2005

GSPH gets biostatistician training grants

The demand for biostatisticians is increasing while the number of qualified candidates in the U. S. appears to be decreasing.

For the first time in 20 years, the federal government is funding training grants for biostatisticians, and the Department of Biostatistics in the Graduate School of Public Health has recently received two.

The training biostatisticians grant is directed by Sati Mazumdar, professor of biostatistics and psychiatry, and co-directed by Charles F. Reynolds III, professor of psychiatry, neurology and neuroscience in the School of Medicine. Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the $482,000 grant will support training biostatisticians to develop and apply new or refined statistical methodology in the area of mental health research and work on psychiatric research projects for their practicum training. The grant runs until July 2010.

The predoctoral research training grant, funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, is designed to train students in biostatistical theory and a wide range of evolving methodologies in the biomedical and public health area. The $970,000 grant covers July 2005-June 2010 and is administered by Howard E. Rockette, chair of biostatistics.

GSPH’s biostatistics department provides training in statistical methodology and in applying quantitative methods to public health problems and is committed to the development of statistical methodology in order to better analyze and interpret studies in public health and medicine.

Filed under: Feature,Volume 38 Issue 7

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