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A Day in the Life of a Biostatistician

Dr. Leslie Ain McClure, a professor and chair of the department of epidemiology and biostatistics at Drexel University, presented “A Day in the Life of a Biostatistician” to students and faculty of January 22nd, 2016. 

Dr. McClure began the presentation by defining biostatistics as the branch of statistics that deals with the proper analysis and interpretation of scientific data generated in biology, public health and other health sciences. While epidemiology is closely related to biostatistics; epidemiology deals exclusively with the study of epidemics and their affect on society as a whole. Dr. McClure stated that such a study includes the manipulation, organization, screening, and teaching of data. She included examples from two of her latest research projects. These projects include The Secondary Prevention of Small Subcortical Strokes (SPS3) and The Reason for Geographical And Racial Differences in Strokes (REGARDS). To work on such projects as a biostatistician one must have a strong skill set in math and computer science. Dr. McClure stated that a similar skill set is needed to pursue a graduate degree in biostatistics and epidemiology at Drexel University.