KyungMann Kim Elected Vice President / President of International Society for Clinical Biostatistics

KyungMann Kim, Ph.D., Professor of Biostatistics and Statistics, Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, School of Medicine and Public Health, was recently elected as Vice President for 2015-2016 for the International Society for Clinical Biostatistics and will serve as President during 2017-2018 and Past President in 2019.

The International Society for Clinical Biostatistics ( is an international organization founded in 1978 to stimulate research into the principles and methodology used in the design and analysis of clinical research studies and to increase the relevance of statistical methods and theory to the real world of clinical medicine. The primary activity of the Society is to organize an annual conference. This year’s annual conference, known as ISCB36 to mark the 36th annual conference of the Society, will be held in Utrecht, the Netherlands during August 23-27, 2015 (

Congratulations, KyungMann!

Roy Part of Team to Examine Toxins

BMI Asst. Prof. Sushmita Roy is part of a diverse new team of UW-Madison researchers who received $6 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop models and screening tools that will rapidly advance knowledge of the health effects of today's ever-growing assortment of environmental toxins. Awarded through the EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, the grant will create the Human Models for Analysis of Pathways (H-MAPs) Center at UW-Madison. See more:

Korthauer Wins ENAR Poster Award

Congratulations to biostatistics PhD student Keegan Korthauer for garnering an ENAR RAB Poster Award at the recent meetings of the Eastern North American Region of the International Biometric Society in Miami, Florida. Keegan's poster is entitled "Differential dynamics in single-cell RNA-seq experiments", research conducted under the direction of BMI Professor Christina Kendziorski.

Congratulations Keegan and Christina!

Senior Scientist Thomas Cook to receive the 2015 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research

BMI Senior Scientist Thomas Cook has been selected to receive the 2015 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research as an Independent Investigator! He was one of nine honorees to receive an Academic Staff Excellence Award.
This designation is awarded to Tom for his deep and broad contributions to the conduct and analysis of clinical trials, both in applications and methodology development.

Tom has satisfied all of the Award criteria: "Outstanding achievement and performance by the candidate, [who] consistently and substantially exceeds the expectations of the position; has made important and significant contributions to the departmental unit; has furthered the mission of the university; and has become a distinguished member of his/her profession campus-wide, system wide, nationally, or internationally".
BMI Distinguished Scientist Marian Fisher spearheaded Tom's nomination and worked diligently to complete it with great attention to the details!

Congratulations, Tom and Marian!

David Page awarded a Kellett Mid-Career Faculty Researcher Award

Professor David Page has been awarded a Kellett Mid-Career Faculty Researcher Award for the period starting in July 2015 through June of 2020. This is a wonderful recognition by the University of David's broad and deep contributions to the research enterprise across the UW campus and beyond. The award recognizes his academic success and provides an opportunity for continued development of his outstanding research program.

The fellowship is named in honor of William R. Kellett, a WARF Trustee and President of the WARF board. A Wisconsin native, graduate of the College of Engineering and an enthusiastic supporter of the University, Kellett held an abiding commitment to the reform and progress of Wisconsin’s educational institutions.

Professor Jude Shavlik of Computer Sciences, with an affiliate appointment in Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, spearheaded Page's nomination.

David is BMI's second Kellett Awardee in recent years. Professor Michael Newton, who is joint with Statistics, is a Kellett Awardee named in the 2012-13 Academic Year.

The award is generously provided by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, with funding from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor David Page

Congratulations to Professor David Page who has been named a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor. This appointment was made by Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf after a nomination by Dean Robert Golden. Provost Mangelsdort, Dean Golden and Dean Moss were instrumental in providing approval and support for this appointment.

The Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorships recognize professors whose distinguished scholarship has advanced the confines of knowledge, and whose excellence has also included teaching or service. The professorship provides a fixed allocation of flexible funds to be used by David over the next five years. David will carry the title of Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor for the duration of his career at UW-Madison.

Professor Rick Chappell an Elected Fellow of the Society of Clinical Trials

Congratulations to Professor Rick Chappell for his election as a Fellow of the Society of Clinical Trials, an organization which Rick has previously served as President. Fellows are Society members who have made significant contributions to the advancement of clinical trials and to the Society. Rick was elected for "important contributions to the statistical methodology for the design and analysis of clinical trials, particularly in cancer and aging; for leadership in clinical trial coordination and conduct at the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center; for national leadership on numerous DSMBs and advisory committees, including NIH and FDA; and for distinguished service to the Society."

Congratulations, Rick!

BMI faculty presented at Morgridge Symposium

BMI faculty to present at Morgridge Symposium
The BMI Department was a participating sponsor in a symposium entitled "When is an algorithm a medical device?", primarily organized and sponsored by the Morgridge Institute for Research. From the announcement materials, the "symposium will provide information on the current and potential regulatory framework for medical software development, guidelines for identifying when software becomes a medical device, and guidance on how to integrate the required practices into biomedical research."
Video are now available here:
BMI faculty members David DeMets and David Page are among the panelist who will present their work in the half-day symposium. 
More information is available here:

The Center for Predictive Computational Phenotyping (CPCP) at UW-Madison

Transcription-based cellular phenotyping

The University of Wisconsin, in a partnership with the Morgridge Institute for Research and the
Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, has received a grant from the NIH to establish the Center
for Predictive Computational Phenotyping (CPCP), which is one of the NIH's
new Centers of Excellence for Big Data Computing in the Biomedical Sciences.
The grant will provide nearly $11 million over a four-year period.

The Center for Predictive Computational Phenotyping will develop innovative computational and statistical
methods and software for a broad range of problems that can be cast as computational phenotyping.
The term phenotype, which is derived from the Greek word phainein meaning‚ "to show"
refers to the observable properties of an organism that result from the interaction of its genotype
and its environment. Some phenotypes are easily measured and interpreted, and are available in an accessible
format. However, a wide range of scientifically and clinically important phenotypes do not satisfy these
criteria. In such cases, computational phenotyping methods are required either to extract a relevant phenotype
from a complex data source or collection of heterogeneous data sources, and to predict clinically important
phenotypes before they are exhibited. The Center will have a particular focus on screening for breast cancer
and Alzheimer's disease, and it will investigate how to exploit a wide array of data types for these tasks,
including molecular profiles, medical images, electronic health records, and population-level data. The Center
will also provide training in biomedical Big Data analysis to scientists and clinicians, and it will
investigate the bioethical issues surrounding the technology being developed.

The director of the Center is Mark Craven and the associate director is Michael Newton, both of whom are
professors in the Department of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics.