Arcadia University Colloquium: How Do I Know If a Recommended Treatment Works? An Introduction to a Clinical Trial, Nov. 17
Glenside, Pa.—Nov. 10, 2010—The Arcadia University Colloquium Series presents the lecture “How Do I Know If a Recommended Treatment Works: An Introduction to a Clinical Trial,” on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mirror Room in Grey Towers Castle. The lecture is free and open to the public. Arcadia University is located at 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, Pa.
Nancy L. Geller, Director of the Office of Biostatistics Research at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, will define a clinical trial and compare a randomized clinical trial (RCT) to other study designs, demonstrating its advantages.
She also will give a brief history of the RCT and describes examples of contemporary RCTs of treatments widely believed to work. Two of the examples given will be: hormone replacement therapy for prevention of heart disease in post-menopausal women; and whether someone with a vertebral fracture should undergo a procedure which surgeons recommend.
Geller directs a group of 12 statisticians who collaborate in the design, implementation, monitoring and analysis of multicenter clinical trials in heart, lung and blood diseases and sleep disorders. She is the winner of the 2009 Janet L. Norwood Award for outstanding achievement by a woman in the statistical sciences, and President-Elect of the American Statistical Association.
Arcadia University Colloquium Series events are open to undergraduate and graduate students, educators, and interested members of the community. Attendance provides one hour of Act 48 professional development credit. Forms are available at the colloquium.
About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad, ranked #1 in undergraduate participation in study abroad (Open Doors 2009). Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top regional universities in the North, as one of the top study abroad programs in the nation, and as a “top up-and-coming school.” The Physical Therapy program is ranked 7th in the nation.