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Professor Sheila M. Bird: “Biostatistician behind bars: by design and on trial”

26th November 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Statistics Meets the Public’s Health. This is a series of non-technical talks aiming to illustrate how statistics helps to find answers to a range of public health related questions.
This series is being hosted by Professor Sylvia Richardson, Bye-Fellow at Emmanuel College Cambridge and Director of the MRC Biostatistics Unit, in conjunction with the Public Health at Cambridge Network. Seminars will take place at Emmanuel College in Cambridge (St Andrews Street) at 5.30pm, followed by a drinks reception. Attendance at these seminars is open to everyone and there is no need to register.
The first talk in the series is on Thursday 26th November in the Harrods Room. Given by Professor Sheila Bird from the MRC Biostatistics Unit, the talk is entitled ‘Biostatistician behind bars: by design and on trial’. In it, Professor Bird will describe how a quarter century of surveillance designs with associated biological sample, record-linkage studies, and bespoke “questionnaires” have improved prisoners’ access to harm reduction (e.g. Hepatitis B immunization), contributed to changed policy in prisons (e.g. put an end to random mandatory drugs testing), got us barred yet quantified a 7 times higher risk of overdose death soon after prison-release, and eventually enabled three musketeers to mount the pilot N-ALIVE Trial in England.



26th November 2015
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Cambridge Institute of Public Health
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At Emmanuel College
St Andrew’s Street
Cambridge, CB2 3AP United Kingdom
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