Survival analysis conference to be held at MCW

The Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) division of biostatistics will host an international conference on survival analysis June 26 and 27, 2014, on the MCW campus.  The conference is being held in honor of John P. Klein, PhD, a world-renowned expert in the use and development of statistical methods in survival analysis, and a former professor of biostatistics at MCW.  Dr. Klein passed away in 2013.

Survival analysis is a branch of statistics that deals with data in the time leading up to an event.  In healthcare, that could refer to the time preceding death or the onset of a disease, or the length of hospital stay prior to discharge. 

The conference will consist of eight sessions of invited talks by leading researchers in the field discussing current topics in survival analysis and related fields in biostatistics. Speakers include MCW faculty and invited lecturers from the University of Copenhagen, the National Institutes of Health, and multiple national and international biostatistics programs.

“Dr. Klein was not only a world leader in biostatistics, but also a dedicated teacher, having mentored dozens of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows during his career.  This conference honors that legacy of teaching and collaboration,” said Prakash Laud, PhD, acting director and professor of biostatistics at MCW.

The division of biostatistics is a component of MCW’s Institute for Health and Society, whose mission is to improve health and advance equity through partnerships and to integrate medicine and population health.

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