Victor De Gruttola
Emeritus Faculty

Victor De Gruttola

Professor of Biostatistics, Emeritus



Dr. De Gruttola's research activities focus on developments of statistical methods required for appropriate public health response to the AIDS epidemic. The aspects of the epidemic on which he has worked include transmission of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), natural history of infection with HIV, and clinical research on AIDS therapies.

This work involves not only statistical methodology, but also public health surveillance systems, medical issues surrounding HIV infection, and concerns of communities most affected by the epidemic. The goals include forecasting future AIDS incidence, developing strategies for clinical research on HIV infection, and evaluating the public health impact of antiviral treatment. The statistical issues on which Dr. De Gruttola has been engaged include evaluating the degree to which the treatment response of markers of HIV infection constitute adequate evidence for clinical efficacy. He has also worked on projections of AIDS incidence using data from the New York City Health Department. A special focus of this work was estimation of the risk that children of HIV-infected mothers would develop AIDS in the first 10 years of life using data combined from a variety of sources.



Harvard Chan researchers present new findings at AIDS conference

The 22nd International AIDS Conference drew HIV/AIDS experts from around the world, including researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who presented new findings on topics including the risks of a new AIDS drug, “test-and-treat” campaigns…

What does a biostatistician do?

June 17, 2014 — Victor De Gruttola, chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Henry Pickering Walcott Professor of Biostatistics at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), recently answered three questions about the role of biostatistics in public…

HIV/AIDS studies in Africa

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] The School’s fieldwork in HIV/AIDS, which has received support from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the National Institutes of Health, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NIH, and other private philanthropists,…

Measuring the effectiveness of public health interventions

February 11, 2013 -- If you’re examining the impact of air pollution control efforts in Denver, how do you statistically account for the fact that air pollution travels east—and that pollution reduction in the western United States could…