Biostatistics Seminar: Danielle Harvey
DATE: Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
TIME: 4:10pm (refreshments at 3:30pm, MSB 4110)
LOCATION: Mathematical Sciences Building 1147
SPEAKER: Danielle Harvey, Dept of Public Health Sciences, UC Davis
TITLE: Standardized statistical framework for comparison of biomarkers: techniques from the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is widespread in the elderly population and clinical trials are ongoing, focused on elderly individuals with AD or at apparent risk for AD, to identify drugs that will help with this disease. Well-chosen biomarkers have the potential to increase the efficiency of clinical trials and drug discovery and should show good precision as well as clinical validity. We propose measures that operationalize the criteria of interest and describe a general family of statistical techniques that can be used for inference-based comparisons of marker performance. The methods are applied to regional volumetric and cortical thickness measures quantified from repeat structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) over time of individuals with mild dementia and mild cognitive impairment enrolled in the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. The methodology presented provides a standardized framework for comparison of biomarkers and will help in the search for the most promising biomarkers.