The Myrto Lefkopoulou Distinguished Lectureship
This Year’s Winner
We are extremely pleased to announce that Dr. Antonio Gasparrini, Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, will be the recipient of the 2021 Myrto Lefkopoulou Distinguished Lectureship!
Modelling epidemiological associations with time-varying variables: A historical perspective and novel approaches
The question of modelling health risks associated with exposures varying over time is a key issue in epidemiological research. A number of methods, including study designs and statistical techniques, have been developed across different research areas such as cancer, environmental, clinical, and pharmaco-epidemiology, some of which sharing interesting features. In this lecture, I will focus on two aspects that have challenged epidemiologists and biostatisticians for a long time when trying to define and quantify health effects of time-varying exposures: how to control for potential confounding effects by other risk factors, and how to model potentially complex temporal dependencies. I will first provide a historical perspective, illustrating how the same problems have been tackled in different epidemiological fields, and then I will discuss more recent modelling approaches that I contributed to.
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Dr. Antonio Gasparrini has distinguished himself as a highly productive and impactful researcher–both methodological and collaborative– a committed and talented teacher, an extremely effective leader and a dedicated mentor.
Dr. Gasparrini is a founding member of the Centre for Statistical Methodology and leads the ‘Multi-Country Multi-City Collaborative Research Network’ (MCC). The MCC is an international collaboration of research teams working to produce epidemiological evidence and contribute to the global epidemiological perspective on associations between environmental stressors, climate, and health. Research from Dr. Gasparrini’s work with MCC has been extremely impactful, with results being published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, BMJ and PloS Medicine.
Dr. Gasparinni has also developed epidemiological designs and statistical techniques that have become the state-of-the-art in environmental epidemiology, including distributed lag non-linear models, multivariate meta-analysis and the case time series. His methods have been used in hundreds of published studies and he has been praised by his colleagues who have said “his contribution to novel biostatistical research has leveraged environmental epidemiology to a new era.”
Finally, Dr. Gasparrini has proven to be an exceptional teacher, both locally at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and internationally, through his development of statistical software, tutorials and courses. He has developed an introductory course on the R software, developed R packages and Stata code, and published multiple hands-on tutorials widely used by epidemiologists, biostatisticians and PhD students.
Dr. Gasparrini truly embodies the spirit of this award that honors the legacy of Dr. Myrto Lefkopoulou. We look forward to his lecture in September!
- Co-author, 120 peer-reviewed journal articles (34 as first/last author)
- 12 commentaries (6 as first/last author), which amassed thousands of citations (9426 on Google Scholar and 5944 on ISI Web of Knowledge)
- Founding member, the Centre for Statistical Methodology
- Founding Member, the Centre Management Group of the Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health
- Coordinator, the Multi-Country Multi-City Collaborative Research Network (MCC)
- Associate Editor, Environmental Health Perspectives
- Editorial Board, Environmental Epidemiology
- Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper, selected by the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE), 2015
- Bradford Hill Prize, awarded to the best research degree student in methodological research of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 2012
About the Award
The Myrto Lefkopoulou Distinguished Lectureship was established in perpetuity in memory of Dr. Myrto Lefkopoulou, a faculty member and graduate of Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Lefkopoulou tragically died of cancer in 1992 at the age of 34 after a courageous two-year battle. She was deeply beloved by friends, students, and faculty.
Each year the lectureship is awarded to a promising statistician who has made contributions to either collaborative or methodologic research in the applications of statistical methods to biology or medicine, and/or who has shown excellence in the teaching of biostatistics. Ordinarily, the lectureship is given to a statistician who has earned a doctorate in the last fifteen years. The lecture is presented to a general scientific audience as the first Department colloquium of each academic year. The lectureship includes travel to Boston, a reception following the lecture, and an honorarium of $1000.
Nominations are welcome for next year’s award, to be given in September 2022.
Nominations should include a letter describing the contributions of the candidate, specifically highlighting the criteria for the award, and a curriculum vita. An other supporting materials would be extremely helpful to the committee.
All nominations must be received by Friday, June 3, 2022.
2020 Eric Tchetgen Tchetgen
2019 Veera Baladandayuthapani
2018 Elizabeth Stuart
2017 Ciprian Crainiceanu
2016 Mahlet Tadesse
2015 Debashis Ghosh
2014 Tianxi Cai
2013 Nilanjan Chatterjee
2012 Rafael Irizarry
2011 Jeffrey Morris
2010 David Dunson
2009 Xihong Lin
2008 Heping Zhang
2007 Francesca Dominici
2006 Jianqing Fan
2005 Mark van der Laan
2004 Geert Molenberghs
2003 Marie Davidian
2002 Danyu Lin
2001 Bradley P. Carlin
2000 Steven N. Goodman
1999 Giovanni Parmigianni
1998 Kathryn Roeder
1997 Ronald S. Brookmeyer
1996 Trevor J. Hastie
1995 Hans-George Mueller
1994 Michael L. Boehnke
1993 Louise Ryan