The section is proud to present Professor Ron Brookmeyer (UCLA) with the 2015 Nathan Mantel Lifetime Achievement Award for his valuable lifetime contributions at the intersection of statistical science and epidemiology. The section will celebrate Dr. Brookmeyer at a reception and award ceremony at JSM in August; please stay tuned for details about time and location.
Dr. Brookmeyer is one of the most eminent biostatisticians of his generation. He has earned worldwide recognition for his work on forecasting the size of emerging epidemics, first for HIV/AIDS and more recently for Alzheimer’s disease. In the 1980s he co-developed the method of “back-calculation” to estimate the numbers of previous HIV infections by combining information on AIDS incidence with information on the incubation distribution. This work led to shocking predictions of the magnitude of the impending AIDS epidemic. Dr. Brookmeyer is an expert on many aspects of survival analysis and has written influential papers on topics ranging from inference on quantiles, to biases in prevalent cohorts, to special forms of censoring and truncation. He is not only a highly skilled statistical methodologist, but he has a deep interest in substantive issues in public health, and has more than once written the definitive paper on an important public health issue.
Dr. Brookmeyer is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He received the American Public Health Association’s Spiegelman gold medal for significant contributions to health statistics. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. Dr. Brookmeyer received his PhD in Statistics from the University of Wisconsin in 1980. Prior to his arrival at UCLA in 2010, Dr. Brookmeyer was Professor of Biostatistics and Director of the Master of Public Health Program at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health where he was the recipient of the University’s Stebbins Medal for contributions to educational programs. Dr. Brookmeyer was the 2011 Lester Breslow Distinguished Lecturer at UCLA and the 2012 Donna J Brogan Lecturer at Emory University. Dr. Brookmeyer has served on numerous editorial boards and national scientific panels including the Committee on National Statistics of the National Research Council, the Institute of Medicine Panel on methodological challenges in HIV prevention trials, and the Institute of Medicine Panel to evaluate the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).