David L. DeMets Lectures in Health and Quantitative Investigation

The 2018 DeMets Lecture series featuring Marie Davidian, PhD has been cancelled

The David L. DeMets Lectures in Health and Quantitative Investigation are an annual pair of lectures to be held on a Thursday and Friday every November.

These lectures acknowledge the accomplishments of Dr. DeMets' research in the design, monitoring, analysis, and presentation of clinical trials.

The first lecture will be a research/overview talk accessible to a general biomedical/public health audience. Ideally, it will highlight in one or more ways critical and impactful contributions from quantitative methodological areas (e.g., biostatistics and/or biomedical informatics) to discoveries in biomedicine, and/or advancement of human/public health. The second lecture will be a world-class research talk in biostatistics or biomedical informatics.

The selected lecturer will be chosen to exemplify the "David DeMets Model of Biomedical Research": rigorous development and application of quantitative methodological principals, married with deep engagement in an area of biomedical investigation.

2018 DeMets Lecture Series

General Audience Lecture

The Right Treatment for the Right Patient at the Right Time: Precision Medicine Through Treatment Regimes and SMARTs

3:30-4:45 pm, Thursday, November 8, 2018, 1325 Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC)

Biostatistical Methodology Research Lecture:

Machine Learning-based Estimation of Optimal Treatment Regimes With Censored Survival Outcome

9:00-10:00 am, Friday, November 9, 2018, Paul DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (WID)

Dr. Davidian is J. Stuart Hunter Distinguished Professor of Statistics at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and Adjunct Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at Duke University. She received her PhD in Statistics in 1987 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. Marie has served as chair of grant review panels for the National Institutes of Health, as Coordinating and Executive Editor of the journal Biometrics, as a member of several US Food and Drug Administration Advisory Committees, and as President of the ASA and of the Eastern North American Region of the International Biometric Society (IBS).

Marie’s research interests include causal inference and evidence-based sequential decision-making for precision medicine and statistical methods for design and analysis clinical trials and observational studies, for longitudinal data analysis, and for making statistical inference in the presence of missing or mismeasured data. She is currently Principal Investigator (PI) for a P01 Program Project grant, “Statistical Method for Cancer Clinical Trials,” awarded in 2010 by the National Cancer Institute to a consortium of North Carolina State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and renewed in 2015. Marie has also been PI or Co-Investigator on numerous other grants from the National Institutes of Health and other agencies. She received the 2007 Janet L. Norwood Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Statistical Sciences; the 2009 George W. Snedecor and the 2011 F.N. David Awards presented by the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies; and the 2010 NCSU Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence, the highest honor the University bestows on a faculty member. She is a 2018 recipient of the ASA Founders Award recognizing distinguished service to the association and was named an Honorary Life Member of the IBS in 2018 for service to that society. Since 2004, Marie has been Director of the annual joint NCSU-Duke University Summer Institute in Biostatistics (SIBS), a six-week program to inspire US undergraduates to pursue graduate training in biostatistics, funded continually by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

See below to download archived video lectures!



Archived Lectures

November 2015
November 2016
November 2017
November 2018