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Department of Public Health Sciences

Statistics Day at MUSC

The MUSC’s Department of Public Health Sciences is celebrating the International Year of Statistics by organizing a symposium on Sept 20th, 2013 with a goal of increasing public awareness about the power and growing impact of statistics on the wellbeing of our society. Keynote speakers include Dr. Etta Pisano (Dean of the MUSC College of Medicine) and Dr. Martin Lindquist (Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University). There will be additional presentations by faculty from MUSC and USC. Speakers from the Collaborative Unit and Data Coordination Unit at the Department of Public Health Sciences will present on topics designed to help MUSC researchers better understand the role of statistics and statisticians in the undertaking of biomedical research..

                                          Friday, September 20th, 2013

                                                      9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

                                      Medical University of South Carolina

                                       BioEngineering Building, Room 110

                                                            Campus Maps & Parking


Bioengineering Building Auditorium, Room 110, 68 President Street, Charleston, SC, 29425


From Airport: Depart Charleston International Airport on Local road(s) (South). Turn RIGHT (West) onto International Blvd. Turn LEFT (North) onto Ramp. Merge onto I-526 (North). At I-526 Exit 17, turn off onto Ramp. Merge onto I-26 (South). At I-26 Exit 221, turn off onto Ramp. Turn RIGHT (West) onto US-17. Bear LEFT (South) onto President St. You will see the new Bioengineering Building.

I26 East: At I-26 Exit 221, turn off onto Ramp. Turn RIGHT (West) onto US-17. Bear LEFT (South) onto President St. You will see new Bioengineering Building.

Route 17 South: Route 17S will come over the Cooper River, Bear LEFT (South) onto President St. You will see new Bioengineering Building.

Route 17 North: Route 17N will come through a suburban area referred to as West Ashley. Cross the Ashley River Bridge and Bear Right onto President St. You will see new Bioengineering Building

There will be several presentations that cover the following themes

  • Functional Causal Mediation Analysis with an application to Brain Connectivity
  • Role of Statistics in the research and career of clinicians and health scientists
  • Key study design features that every researcher should know (e.g., power, sample size, outcomes)
  • Effective collaborative research
  • Statistical Resources on the MUSC campus




9:00 - 9:10Welcome and introduction
9:10 - 9:15Opening addressDr. Yuko Palesch, PhD
9:15 - 9:35Keynote presentation - Numbers CountDr. Etta Pisano, MD
9:35 - 9:50The Importance of Collaboration: Getting Ahead through CooperationDr. Kathleen Brady, PhD
9:50 - 10:05The Key(s) to Successful Clinical TrialsDr. Valerie Durkalski, PhD
10:05 - 10:20Collaboration Between Biostatisticians and Other InvestigatorsDr. Paul Nietert, PhD
10:20 - 11:00Questions and discussionChair - Dr. Renee' Martin, PhD
11:00 - 12:00Poster session (with refreshments)
12:00 - 1:00Break
1:00 - 1:10Welcome and introduction
1:10 - 1:40Keynote presentation - Functional Causal Mediation AnalysisDr. Martin Lindquist, PhD
1:40 - 1:55Effective Collaboration between Clinicians and Statisticians: Successes and Lessons LearnedDr. Leonard Egede, PhD
1:55 - 2:10Description of Biostatistical Colleagues' Contributions to Her Current WorkDr. Suzanne McDermott, PhD
2:10 - 2:25Statistics for N=3: Collaborating in Basic Science ResearchDr. Liz Garrett-Mayer, PhD
2:25 - 3:00Questions and discussionChair - Dr. Ramesh, PhD

*Additional program updates to come

                                                Registration is FREE!


Organizing Committee Members:

Mulugeta Gebregziabher (Chair)    (Contact Mulugeta if you have any questions at
Valerie Durkalski
Nate Baker
Cody Chiuzan
Delia Voronca
Ralph Ward

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