The George Washington University (GW) Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) has announced a newly formed Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics. The department will meld the interdisciplinary science of analyzing complex biological data with statistical research. The department puts Milken Institute SPH at the forefront of a rapidly growing field that analyzes and manages big data with the aim of providing solutions to some of the world’s most pressing health problems.
Dr. Scott Evans, an internationally known expert in clinical trials, infectious diseases and biostatistics, has been named founding chair of the new department. Dr. Evans will continue in his role as the director of the Biostatistics Center at Milken Institute SPH, a center with long history of leadership in coordinating practice-changing clinical trials and biostatistical research. The Computational Biology Institute (CBI) will also be housed under the new department.
“The new department will help the school attract world class researchers as well as the best and brightest students in the field,” said Dr. Lynn Goldman, the Michael and Lori Milken Dean of the Milken Institute SPH. “The Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Department elevates our school’s commitment to the quantitative sciences and support the university-wide focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on July 12