• The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, a bioscience research initiative, awarded UCLA’s Steve Horvath an Allen Distinguished Investigator award. This award is given to researchers conducting pioneering research in epigenetics, aging and evolution. Each investigator is funded at $1.5 million over three years, totaling $7.5 million in funding. See full article in UCLA Newsroom

  • Eric Kawaguchi, a second-year doctoral student of UCLA's Department of Biostatistics, was selected as one of the three winners of the Student/Post-Doc Poster Award at the 2017 Lifetime Data Science Conference at the University of Connecticut. His poster presentation was on large scale sparse Cox's regression with applications to large drug safety studies. Congratulations to Eric!

  • Not a senior moment--just a biologically older brain.
    Research by Dr. Steve Horvath, a professor of human genetics and biostatistics at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and Fielding School of Public Health, that led to an epigenetic clock that tracks biological aging was covered May 22 and May 19 in respective stories by The Scientist and GenomeWeb about how people’s brain tissue ages at different rates. The epigenetic clock was also cited May 18 in a STAT News story about the death of Fox News’ former CEO, Roger Ailes.

  • Sudipto Banerjee, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics, and his coauthors are recipients of the American Statistical Association's Outstanding Statistical Application Award for 2017 for their paper, Non-separable Dynamic Nearest-Neighbor Gaussian Process Models for Spatio-Temporal Data With an Application to Particulate Matter Analysis1. This award, established in 1986, is to recognize the authors of papers that demonstrate an outstanding application of statistics in any substantive field. Award recipients will be presented with an engraved award and $1,000 that is divided evenly among the winners during the 2017 JSM in Baltimore, Maryland. The award is bestowed upon a distinguished individual or individuals based on the following criteria: (a) the impact of the statistical application in addressing a significant problem in a substantive field, and (b) the ingenuity and or novelty of the statistical treatment of the problem.

    1Abhirup Datta, Sudipto Banerjee, Andrew O. Finley, Nicholas A. S. Hamm, and Martijn Schaap (2016). Non-separable Dynamic Nearest-Neighbor Gaussian Process Models for Spatio-Temporal DataWith an Application to Particulate Matter Analysis. Annals of Applied Statistics, 10: 1286-1316.

  • Juhyun Kim, Biostatistics PhD doctoral student, has been selected as a 2017-2018 recipient of the Genomic Analysis and Interpretation Training Program. The Genomic Analysis Training Program is funded by a NIH grant and supports UCLA pre-doctoral students whose goal is to conduct research in genomics. The program is designed to insure that students obtain an adequate biological, computational and statistical foundation to succeed in this important new, interdisciplinary field.

  • Dr. Janet Sinsheimer has been selected to receive the 2017 L. Adrience Cupples Awardfor Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service in Biostatistics, given by Boston University. This annual award recognizes an internationally recognized statistician/biostatistician who has made significant contributions to the statistical sciences and whose academic achievements reflect the contributions to teaching, research, and service exemplified by Professor L. Adrienne Cupples. We are extremely proud of Dr. Sinsheimer and congratulate her on this honor. More information about the award can be found here.

  • Dr. Steve Horvath has developed a highly accurate molecular biomarker of aging that is known as "epigenetic clock". The epigenetic clock and its various applications have received considerable attention in the popular press. Here are some pieces highlighting his research.

    "Latinos age slower than other ethnicities, UCLA study shows" http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/latinos-age-slower-than-other-ethnicities-ucla-study-shows. "Menopause, sleepless nights may make women age faster" http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/menopause-sleepless-nights-may-make-women-age-faster. "Brains of people with Down syndrome age faster, UCLA study discovers" http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/brains-of-people-with-down-syndrome-age-faster-ucla-study-discovers. "UCLA scientist uncovers biological clock able to measure age of most human tissues" http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/ucla-scientist-uncovers-biological-248950. Cover of Discover magazine Oct 2016. http://discovermagazine.com/2016/oct/what-it-takes-to-reach-100. LA Times article on the Hispanic paradox http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-latinos-aging-20160817-snap-story.html. Nature News Feature: "Biomarkers and ageing: The clock-watcher" http://www.nature.com/news/biomarkers-and-ageing-the-clock-watcher-1.15014. LA Times article on the epigentic clock: http://articles.latimes.com/2013/oct/21/science/la-sci-age-cells-20131021. UCLA Fielding School of Public Health: Impact Stories http://ph.ucla.edu/about-fsph/impact-stories/newly-invented-biological-clock-improves-accuracy-measuring-aging. "Epigenetic clock predicts life expectancy, UCLA-led study shows" http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/epigenetic-clock-predicts-life-expectancy-ucla-led-study-shows. The Guardian: "Internal 'clock' makes some people age faster and die younger – regardless of lifestyle" https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/28/internal-clock-makes-some-people-age-quicker-and-die-younger-regardless-of-lifestyle. Nautilus Magazine: "Why You Can’t Help But Act Your Age" http://nautil.us/issue/42/fakes/why-you-cant-help-but-act-your-age