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BU: Statistics and the Life Sciences: Creating a Healthier World on Friday, November 15

We are globally connected like never before, in nearly all aspects of our lives. While this fact has numerous implications, from the perspective of public health it leaves us uniquely poised to potentially overcome major challenges that have to date been out of reach. These include aging traits such as cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease, pulmonary disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma, and cardiovascular diseases. Significant progress on any and all of these problems will be data intensive, with statistics a key element at the core.

The goal of this workshop is to stage the statistical challenges and progress towards solutions in a handful of emerging and mission-critical areas of the health sciences with global impact. Specifically, focus will be on the following three areas: digital health, machine learning in causal inference, and networks for public health. Ultimately, the idea is to bring together a gathering of representatives from statistics and related domain areas, in an agile and interactive format, and use a web-based dissemination platform to bring broad visibility to these topics.