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Student & Alumni Achievements

Washington Biostatistics Student Wins First Place in ASA Student Paper Competition

Ms. Allison Meisner, a PhD candidate in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health, placed first in a student paper competition sponsored by the American Statistical Association (ASA) Medical Devices and Diagnostics Section.

[Photo: Ms. Allison Meisner]

The honor includes an award of travel funds allowing Ms. Meisner to present her winning paper, Combining Biomarkers by Maximizing the True Positive Rate for a Fixed False Positive Rate, at the 2017 Joint Statistical Meetings in Baltimore, Md., this summer.

Ms. Meisner’s research focuses on developing statistical methods for combining biomarkers for the purposes of diagnosis, prognosis and screening. Much of this work was motivated by her time as a research assistant with the Translational Research Investigating Biomarker Endpoints in Acute Kidney Injury study, which seeks to use biomarkers to improve diagnosis of acute kidney injury and predict risk of negative outcomes after cardiac surgery.