This conference will celebrate and honor the achievements of David L. DeMets, Max Halperin Professor of Biostatistics and Chair Emeritus of the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics. He has made substantial contributions in clinical biostatistics and clinical trials methodology,
in building the biostatistics program including statistical genetics/genomics, and in developing the medical informatics program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The conference will feature invited speakers who have collaborated with Professor DeMets during his career and former faculty members and students influenced by Professor DeMets.
David L. DeMets, PhD is currently a Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Since receiving his PhD in 1970, he has been active in the design, conduct, and analysis of clinical trials in several disease areas.
Following a postdoctoral appointment at the National Institutes of Health (1970-72), he spent ten years (1972-1982) at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health where he was a member of and later became chief of the biostatistics branch.
In 1982, he joined the University of Wisconsin as Professor of Statistics and Human Oncology and Associate Director of the Clinical Cancer Center. He was instrumental in establishing the Biostatistics Center in 1986. He transformed the Center into the Department of Biostatistics in 1992 and in 1994 the department took on a new medical informatics initiative at the request of the Dean.
The current Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics was established in 1997.
His research interests include the design, data monitoring and analysis of clinical trials, especially large Phase III randomized clinical trials.
He is well known for his work on sequential statistical methods for monitoring interim data for early evidence of intervention benefit or possible harm.