Meeting Updates — Notes from the President

Germaine Buck Louis, SER PresidentThe 47th annual meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research is fast approaching, so we hope your plans are made or nearing completion!  Our meeting’s theme is forging our legacy, and it is intended to remind us about the many outstanding accomplishments epidemiology has made in improving the health of populations across the globe, as we continue to seek future discoveries.  Continuing our legacy requires trans-disciplinary perspectives and teams along with the generosity of all who participate in our research.  Contemporary epidemiologic research also encounters emerging issues that impact how we design and conduct research.  One such challenge is the protection of study participants’ privacy and the confidentiality of data, as we delve further into web based data collection and management technologies.  In light of the importance of privacy concerns for our research, I am delighted to announce that Dr. Cynthia Dwork, a leading privacy scholar and Principal Researcher with Microsoft Research, will be giving the 47th annual keynote address.  The title of Dr. Dwork’s address is,  “Pleasures, Pressures, and Surprises of Differential Privacy”.  It is a topic that resonates with the current and future practice of epidemiology.

Another step in forging our legacy is the Society’s inaugural invited “Then and Now” special sessions.  These invited sessions pair accomplished “then and now” epidemiologists to reflect upon our accomplishments in the context of providing insight for future research. Read More

Keynote Speaker

Cynthia Dwork

Pleasures, Pressures, and Surprises of Differential Privacy
Cynthia Dwork, Microsoft Research

Cynthia Dwork, Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research, is renowned for placing privacy-preserving data analysis on a mathematically rigorous foundation. A cornerstone of this work is differential privacy, a strong privacy guarantee frequently permitting highly accurate data analysis. Dr. Dwork has also made seminal contributions in cryptography and distributed computing, and is a recipient of the Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize, recognizing some of her earliest work establishing the pillars on which every fault-tolerant system has been built for decades. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Thank you!

A heartfelt thank you to the many SER members who reviewed abstracts for the meeting!

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Thanks to the following meeting sponsors:

Columbia University

UNC Gillings School of Public Health



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