“Why is a statistician talking to you about personalized medicine?”

| November 9, 2012 |
The role of statistics in personalized medicine is to examine the broad, sweeping trends of particular treatments in order to determine the types of people for whom they are best suited. Statisticians do not deem certain treatments better than others, but rather which are best suited for specific groups of people.

At a talk earlier at Elon University earlier this week this week, North Caroline State University statistician Marie Davidian asked her audience “Why is a statistician talking to you about personalized medicine?” This story provides her answer.

According to Davidian, the role of statistics in personalized medicine is to examine the broad, sweeping trends of particular treatments in order to determine the types of people for whom they are best suited. Statisticians do not deem certain treatments better than others, but rather which are best suited for specific groups of people.

View the original article here: Statistician links medicine, genetics in lecture at Elon