David L. DeMets Lectures

The Lectures

The David L. DeMets Lectures in Health and Quantitative Investigation are a pair of lectures held on a Thursday and Friday each November.

These lectures acknowledge Dr. DeMets’ research accomplishments in forwarding the design, monitoring, analysis, and presentation of clinical trials.

The first lecture is a research/overview talk is accessible to a general biomedical/public health audience. Ideally, it will highlight in one or more ways critical and impactful contributions from quantitative methodological areas (e.g., biostatistics and/or biomedical informatics) to discoveries in biomedicine, and/or advancement of human/public health. The second lecture is a world-class research talk in biostatistics or biomedical informatics.

The lecturer chosen each year exemplifies the “David DeMets Model of Biomedical Research” with rigorous development and application of quantitative methodological principles, married with deep engagement in an area of biomedical investigation.

2023 DeMets Lecture

The 2023 DeMets Lecture will consist of one general presentation on October 26. The lecture will be in HSLC room 1335 from 3:30-4:45 pm, followed by a reception in the HSLC Atrium from 4:45-6:00 pm.

2023 DeMets Lecture Speaker

Dr. Colin Begg
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Sloan Kettering Institute

Dr. Begg has research interests spanning cancer epidemiology and statistical methods that are applicable to clinical research more broadly. In recent years Dr. Begg has been developing methods to identify etiologically distinct cancer sub-types, statistical tests of clonal relatedness of pairs of tumors, and more recently, efforts to detect clinically relevant signals from rare somatic mutations. Dr. Begg is Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics that conducts quantitative research across the cancer spectrum. Dr. Begg has also served since 2014 as Editor-in-Chief of the international scholarly journal, Clinical Trials.

Past DeMets Lectures Events

2022 Lecture Information – Dr. Michael Proschan (under construction)

2020 and 2021 lectures were cancelled because of SARS-CoV-2.

2019 Lecture Information – Dr. Richard Landis

2018 Lecture Information – Speaker cancelled

2017 Lecture Information – Dr. Rob Tishirani

2016 Lecture Information – Dr. David Heckerman

2015 Lecture Information – Dr. Thomas R. Fleming