Elizabeth R. DeLong Oral History Interview, 2010-2010

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Creator:
DeLong, Elizabeth R.
Abstract:
Dr. Elizabeth DeLong was a professor in the Division of Biometry and Medical Informatics for the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke, a biostatistician in the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the chair of the Duke Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics. This collection contains 1 oral history interview conducted on October 21, 2010 by Jessica Roseberry. In this interview, DeLong speaks about similarities and differences between working at a clinical research organization (Quintiles) and an academic research organization (Duke Medical Center); some collaborative projects between the Department of Biostatistics and other Duke departments; the importance of biostatistics to medical practice and medical research; the extent to which people in an academic institution are aware of the importance of statistics in their own work; the importance of having training in doing statistical work; master's versus PhD statisticians; the Duke Clinical Research Institute's emphasis on collaboration between medical investigators and statisticians; working with partners to make sure they set up their studies correctly; outcomes research versus clinical trials; equipoise; the importance of equipoise; personalized medicine; the accuracy of predictions in personalized medicine; bioinformatics; the importance of the department being accepted by other outside departments and groups; growth of the department; being a female in the sciences; her own background; mentors; Dean Nancy Andrews; whether she brings something different to the table as a female department chair; and the future of the department.
Extent:
1 interview (1 master CD, 1 use CD, and 1 transcript)
Collection ID:
OH.DELONGE

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Includes 1 oral history interview with Dr. Elizabeth DeLong conducted on October 21, 2010 by Jessica Roseberry.
In this interview, DeLong discusses similarities and differences between working at a clinical research organization (Quintiles) and an academic research organization (Duke Medical Center); some collaborative projects between the Department of Biostatistics and other Duke departments; the importance of biostatistics to medical practice and medical research; the extent to which people in an academic institution are aware of the importance of statistics in their own work; the importance of having training in doing statistical work; master's versus PhD statisticians; the Duke Clinical Research Institute's emphasis on collaboration between medical investigators and statisticians; working with partners to make sure they set up their studies correctly; outcomes research versus clinical trials; equipoise; the importance of equipoise; personalized medicine; the accuracy of predictions in personalized medicine; bioinformatics; the importance of the department being accepted by other outside departments and groups; growth of the department; being a female in the sciences; her own background; mentors; Dean Nancy Andrews; whether she brings something different to the table as a female department chair; and the future of the department.

Biographical / historical:

Dr. Elizabeth DeLong received her BA in mathematics in 1969 and her MA in mathematics in 1970, both from the University of Maine, and she received her PhD in biostatistics from the University of North Carolina in 1979. She entered the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke in 1979 in the Division of Biometry and Medical Informatics. She also served as a biostatistician in the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. After continuing to rise at Duke, she went to work at Quintiles as director of biostatistics (1987to 1991), and, in 1991, returned to Duke Medical Center. In 2008, she became interim chair in the Duke Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, and, in 2009, she became the chair of the department. Her research interests are risk-adjustment methodology, statistical model development and validation, analysis of observational survival data, evaluation of diagnostic tests, and trends in managed care. She is active in many professional organizations and has published widely.

Acquisition information:
A2010.076 (October 2010)
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Processed by Archives staff: date unknown

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Organized into the following series: Interview, October 21, 2010.
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[Identification of item], Elizabeth R. DeLong Oral History Interview, Duke University Medical Center Archives.