Scholar to present three talks on research and professionalism, Jan. 16-17

Sally MortonOn Thursday, Jan. 16, and Friday, Jan. 17, the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics will host Sally Morton, chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Pittsburgh, as a distinguished lecturer.

Morton’s first talk will take place Jan. 16 from noon to 1 p.m. in the School of Medicine’s Robbins Building, Room E301. The topic will be “Challenges in Comparative Effectiveness Research.” The second talk, titled “Trends in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research,” will take place later that day, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Wolstein Research Building, Room 1413. A reception will follow the second talk.

On Jan. 17, Morton’s talk for graduate students, titled “Professionalism: What Is It, and Why Is It Important?” will be from noon to 1 p.m. in Wolstein Research Building, Room 1403.

Morton is an expert in evidence-based medicine and comparative effectiveness research. She was the 2009 president of the American Statistical Association and is chair of Statistics of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the statistical expert to the Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and a founding editor of the journal Statistics, Politics and Policy.

Morton has served on several national policy committees and is a leader in the field of biostatistics.

The talks are supported by ACES+, the McBride Endowment, the Office of the Deputy Provost and co-hosted by the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative and the School of Medicine.

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