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PROFESSOR BROOKMEYER DELIVERS MYRTO LEFKOPOULOU DISTINGUISHED LECTURE

by Garrett Fitzmaurice
 

On September 25, 1997, Professor Ronald Brookmeyer, Department of Biostatistics, The Johns Hopkins University, delivered the 5th annual Myrto Lefkopoulou Distinguished Lecture at the Harvard School of Public Health. Professor Brookmeyer spoke on "Monitoring the AIDS Epidemic: Estimating Current HIV Incidence Rates". In his presentation, Professor Brookmeyer reviewed the strengths and limitation of several methodologies for estimating current HIV incidence rates including cohort studies, back-calculation and serial HIV seroprevalence surveys. and highlighted some of the potential sources of bias. He described several new methods for accounting for follow-up bias when cohort studies are used to estimate HIV incidence. Professor Brookmeyer concluded his presentation with an illustration of the methods applied to data from a study of current HIV incidence rates in India. Professor Brookmeyer's presentation was warmly received by a large audience and a reception in his honor was held following the lecture.

Professor Kathryn Roeder, Department of Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University, has been selected to give the 6th annual Myrto Lefkopoulou Distinguished Lecture on September 24, 1998. Professor Roeder will speak on "Intelligence and Success: Is It All in the Genes?"