Department of Biostatistics
Colloquium of the Harvard Program in Brain Health

2013 - 2014

Organizer(s): Dr. Stephen Gilman (SHDH), Dr. Albert Ascherio (EPI/NUT), Dr. Deborah Blacker (EPI), Dr. Rebecca Betensky (BIO), Dr. Karestan Koenen (SHDH), and Dr. Garrett Fitzmaurice (BIO)
Preferred Contact: Elise Robinson

Schedule: Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.; will meet once a month
Kresge 907 (unless otherwise notified)

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Seminar Description
This Colloquium, sponsored by the Departments of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Society, Human Development and Health, presents an expanded version of the Psychiatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics Colloquium, and will offer presentations on a wide variety of substantive and methodologic issues relevant to Psychiatry, Neurology, and other areas of mental health research and practice. This more formal Colloquium series is paired with the less formal Brain Health Working Group--itself an expansion of the former Neuroepidemiology Working Group, and the two will share the same slot on 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons, each taking place approximately once per month during the academic year. We are in the process of merging our mailing lists. In the meantime, please bear with us if you receive multiple announcements about these series.

This consolidation of our formal and informal seminars is part of a larger effort to develop a cross-departmental program in brain health across these three departments. The concentrations in psychiatric and neurologic epidemiology have already been joined, and we hope to announce additional developments in the coming months.



October 16

Laura Bierut, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, Washington Univeresity School of Medicine

"A step towards personalized medicine: genetic studies of smoking cessation and pharmacologic treatment"

October 23

Brian D'Onofrio, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University

"The importance of quasi-experimentation in translational research"

November 13 (Kresge 110)

Donald Guthrie, Ph.D.
Professor of Biostatistics Emeritus, University of California Los Angeles
2013-14 recipient of the Harvard Award in Psychiatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics, sponsored by Dr. Ming T. and Mrs. Snow Tsuang

"Things change: reflections on six decades in applied statistics"

December 11

Elise Robinson, Sc.D.
Instructor, Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital / Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

"Integrating genetic and phenotypic approaches to autism epidemiology"

February 20

Richard McNally, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Harvard University

"What is mental illness? "

March 26

David J. Grelotti, M.D.
Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health

"Strategies for mental health care delivery in resource­limited settings: lessons from rural Haiti"

April 23

Jordan Smoller, M.D., Sc.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital

"The other side of normal"



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