It is with deep regret and the most heartfelt of best wishes that we announce that Marian Fisher will be resigning and retiring from her post in the Department at the end of February, 2016. She is currently Research Professor and Distinguished Scientist as well as able Director of the Statistical Data Analysis Center within the Department, a post she has held for 24 years. We are truly grateful and indebted to her for her many years of dedicated, thoughtful and rigorous service to SDAC, the Department, and the field of clinical trials.
A research program within the BMI Department, the SDAC is a leader in promoting statistical practice, applications, and research in the design and analysis of clinical trials, especially in the preparation of Data Monitoring Committee reports necessary to evaluate the accumulating evidence for safety and efficacy over the course of a trial. Its primary collaborators are in the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Fisher is to be credited with building and maintaining excellent connections with several leading drug development firms during her tenure. The SDAC’s work has lead not only to a strong reputation for the Department, but also serves as a locus of local expertise in clinical trials available to the SMPH faculty and an impetus for methodological research by SDAC investigators, and provides regular opportunities for BMI and Statistics graduate students to gain invaluable training experience in the design, conduct, and analysis of clinical trials. Associate Scientist Kevin Buhr will assume the post of Director of SDAC, with Senior Scientist Tom Cook serving as Associate Director, starting on March 1.
Dr. Marian Fisher completed a BS in Mathematics at the Case Institute of Technology, and a MS and PhD in Mathematical Statistics at, respectively the University of Iowa and George Washington University. She served as Mathematical Statistician and Health Statistician at the NHLBI, was Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and was Senior Statistician at the Maryland Medical Research Institute, all before joining BMI in 1990. She has served the world’s clinical trials participants through many many appointments to data monitoring boards, and has served as PI on over 15 major industry contracts here at UW. Her publications include results from major trials and important methodological contributions as well.
Please note that we will seek an appropriate time and place to properly celebrate Marian’s career and, in the meantime, join me in thanking her for her service and in wishing her the very best in this next phase of her life!