Harvard Catalyst Biostatistics Program: Year-end Update 2023

The Harvard Catalyst Biostatistics Program had an eventful year.Harvard Catalyst logo

The Program saw many successes in 2023. Our biostatistician and bioinformatician consultants provided over 700 consultations. Investigators across Harvard and Harvard-affiliated hospitals were helped on various issues, ranging from designing a study or a clinical trial, to receiving advice on specific analytic techniques or the interpretation of results, or simply exploring the feasibility of a pilot study, to name a few.

During the year, we offered a variety of continuing education opportunities for the Harvard community at our Short Courses and engaged students, postdoctoral trainees, faculty and researchers in stimulating discussions at our Journal Club meetings. In March we held our annual Harvard Catalyst Biostatistics Symposium entitled “Data Science and Health Disparities”. The symposium focused on recent efforts by quantitative scientists to better understand the complex mechanisms that contribute to health disparities and to develop interventions to reduce or eliminate these disparities. A panel of distinguished speakers described advances that have been made as well as challenges that remain. We are now in the planning stages for another symposium on “Challenges and Opportunities in the Choice of Outcome Measures in Clinical Research”, tentatively scheduled for April 5, 2024; further details and registration information will be available early in the New Year.

As we welcome in 2024, we invite you to stay in contact and hope to see you at our future events. If you’re not already on our mailing list, we invite you to join by sending a note to our Program Manager, Jocelyn Kasper, at CatalystBiostats@catalyst.harvard.edu.

Best wishes and happy holidays from all of us at the Harvard Catalyst Biostatistics Program!

Garrett Fitzmaurice and Jocelyn Kasper