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Biostatistics expert Zeger set for next Discovery Lecture

Apr. 11, 2019, 9:29 AM

by Bill Snyder

Scott Zeger, PhD, professor of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore and a leading expert on the application of biostatistics to improve health around the world, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, April 18.

Scott Zeger, PhD

His lecture, titled “Precision Medicine: A Contrarian Data Scientist’s Perspective,” will begin at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall and is sponsored by the Vanderbilt University Department of Biostatistics.

Zeger, who also holds appointments in the departments of Epidemiology and International Health and in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Hopkins, has made major contributions to understanding the etiology, or causes, of pediatric pneumonia in several developing nations, as well as risk factors for adverse birth outcomes in Nepal.

As a member of the school’s Institute for International Programs, Zeger participates in the Comprehensive Mortality Surveillance for Action (COMS) project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a public health surveillance system in Mozambique.

Other projects have included the health effects of smoking and air pollution, progression of HIV disease and trajectory of mental disorders. Zeger also participates in the Johns Hopkins Individualized Health Initiative, called Hopkins inHealth.

A member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he has received numerous honors for his work including the Wilks Award from the American Statistical Association and, with Kung-Yee Liang, PhD, the Karl Pearson Prize from the International Statistical Institute.

For a complete schedule of Flexner Discovery Lectures and archived video of previous lectures, go to

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