American Statistical Association
New York City
Metropolitan Area Chapter

Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University
Department of Biostatistics Colloquium



Susanne May, Ph.D.
Department of Biostatistics
University of Washington


In this talk, work in progress on two very different applied statistical topics will be discussed. One relates to analysis approaches involving pooled samples. This work was motivated by data that are used to monitor virologic failure among HIV-infected patients receiving antiretroviral therapy. Previous analyses of pooled data have primarily considered dichotomous outcomes (such as diseased/non-diseased). We present a number of analysis strategies that incorporate the use of quantitative measures and evaluate their performance. The other work relates to potential dangers of inappropriate futility boundaries in the setting of group sequential trials. This work is motivated by clinical trials that are performed under exception from informed consent.

Biographical Note

Susanne May is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her areas of expertise and interest include survival analysis, longitudinal data analysis, and clinical trials methodology. She has more than 15 years of experience as a statistical collaborator and consultant on health related research projects. Dr. May's cooking skills are by far inferior to her husband's. Thus, their family food is luckily not restricted to chicken soup and ketchup.

Date: Thursday, May 12, 2011
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 P.M.
Location: Mailman School of Public Health
Department of Biostatistics
722 West 168th Street
Biostatistics Computer Lab
6th Floor - Room 656
New York, New York


Informal tea at 3:40 P.M.

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