Leading Biostatistician Sir David Cox Gives 2008 Breslow Lecture

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

On November 6, 2008, Professor Sir David Cox will present the third annual Norman E. Breslow Distinguished Lecture:

The Theory of Statistics: Some Challenges

The Lecture will be presented at 1:30 pm in Hogness Auditorium in the Health Sciences Building at UW. Refreshments will be served after the Lecture.

A challenge for statistical theory is to provide concepts unifying ideas of study design and data analysis and interpretation as they arise across the wide range of fields in which statistical ideas play some role. To what extent is this challenge met? This broad question will be illustrated with examples from the physical and social sciences and from medical statistics and epidemiology. Professor Cox will touch on long standing issues about the nature of probability and of the relation between frequentist and Bayesian approaches to the formal theory of statistical inference.

One of the seminal statistical thinkers of the 20th and 21st centuries, Professor Cox is a former Warden (1988-94) and an honorary Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. He is a Fellow and former Member of Council of the Royal Society and was President of the International Statistical Institute from 1995 to 1997. He holds a number of awards, including honorary Fellowships at St John's College, Cambridge, and the British Academy, the Guy Medal (in Silver and in Gold) from the Royal Statistical Society, and the degree of DSc from a number of universities. He has also been awarded the Weldon Memorial Prize, University of Oxford, and the Kettering Prize and Gold Medal for Cancer Research. He is a Foreign Honorary Member of the US National Academy of Sciences. He was editor of Biometrika from 1966 to 1991.

The Norman E. Breslow Distinguished Lectureship was established in 2006 to honor the instrumental scientific contributions of Norman E. Breslow. The Lectureship is awarded annually to an individual who has made important contributions to the advancement of biostatistical methodology and its applications in the health sciences.

Former Breslow Lecturers include Mitchell H. Gail of the National Cancer Institute and David Clayton of Cambridge University.