RAND Statistics Seminar Series

Measuring HIV Incidence: Approaches and Challenges

Presented by Ron Brookmeyer, University of California, Los Angeles
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT / 1:30pm – 3:00pm ET
Conference Room 1226, 1228
RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA
Please contact Denise Miller if you would like to attend this seminar.


HIV incidence is the rate that new infections occur in populations and tracks the leading edge of the AIDS epidemic. In recent years, various public health agencies have revised statistical estimates of the scope of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and HIV incidence. In this talk, I will discuss the reasons for these revisions, the main sources of errors and problems in measuring HIV incidence and opportunities for improving their reliability. I will consider the use of new technologies for determining incidence such biomarkers that indicate when persons became infected and their underlying statistical issues. Changing methodologies and data sources present new challenges in assessing time trends in HIV incidence, and the effectiveness of HIV prevention efforts.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Brookmeyer is Professor of Biostatistics at the UCLA School of Public Health. He was previously at Johns Hopkins University before moving to UCLA this year. Dr. Brookmeyer works at the intersection of statistical science, epidemiology and public health. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and the American Statistical Association. He currently serves as chair of the Statistics in Epidemiology Section of the American Statistical Association. He is a recipient of the Mortimer Spiegelman gold medal in health statistics from the American Public Health Association. Dr. Brookmeyer currently serves on the National Academy of Sciences Panel to evaluate the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

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