GH Research Seminar Series - Racial Disparity in Mortality From TB in the U.S. Between States With and Without History of Jim Crow Laws: An Analysis of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) and Risk Factors Study, 1990 to 2019

1:00 pm on Monday, October 30, 2023
2:00 pm on Monday, October 30, 2023
Crosstown 305 and Online
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Dr Phil Gona is a Professor of Biostatistics in the Departments of Urban Public Health, and Department of Exercise Health Sciences at UMass Boston. He earned his PhD in Biostatistics at Boston University. His research interests include statistical methods for epidemiology with applications in cardiovascular disease and HIV/AIDS. Dr Gona is a Fellow of the American Heart Association and a recent Fulbright Scholar in Global Health. Prior to joining UMass, Dr Gona was a senior statistician in the pharma industry where he conducted clinical trials for new drug development including vaccine trials. He was a research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics working for the AIDS Clinical Trials Group, an international research consortium. As an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at Boston University’s Statistical Consulting Unit, he taught statistics courses at all levels and was seconded as senior statistician at the NIH’s Framingham Heart Study where he developed risk prediction models for cardiovascular diseases. As an Associate Professor of Quantitative Health Sciences at UMass Medical School, he instructed courses in the Clinical & Population Health Research PhD program. He is a team scientist with collaborative research funded by the NIH. His current scholarship is focused in part on the effects of structural racism on health outcomes such as COVID-19 and others. He is a long-time Collaborator of the Global Burden of Disease Study, the study which is the basis of his talk today.