Proof in Medicine: The Contributions of Jerome Cornfield

Presented by Joel B. Greenhouse, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Time: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern / 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific
Host Location: Pittsburgh, conference room 6207a
Other Locations: Santa Monica (room 2309) & Washington, DC (room 4132)


Between 1950 and his death in 1979, Jerry Cornfield made many original contributions to biostatistics, epidemiology, and clinical trials. His statistical and scientific outlook significantly influenced several generations of biostatisticians and epidemiologists. This talk is an opportunity to recall Cornfield's seminal contributions to statistics and epidemiology, to acknowledge his legacy to the biostatistical sciences, and to introduce him and his work to a new generation of public health and statistical scientists.

About the Presenter

Joel B. Greenhouse, Ph.D., is Professor of Statistics at Carnegie Mellon University and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh. He is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an elected Member of the International Statistical Institute. For over 20 years, Dr. Greenhouse was the Director of the Methodology Core of the Department of Psychiatry's Mental Health Research Intervention Center for Affective Disorders (PI: David Kupfer). His research interests include the development of statistical methods for the design and analysis of data from observational studies, clinical trials, and for meta-analysis. He has served on several National Academy of Sciences' committees, including the Committee on National Statistics, the Panel on Combining Information (Gaver et al., 1992, NAS Press), and the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Assessment of Family Violence Interventions. Dr. Greenhouse is an editor of the journal Statistics in Medicine and is the past editor of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics' Lecture Notes and Monograph Series.

To Attend

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Sponsored by the RAND Statistics Group