Yale Biostatistician Heping Zhang Gives Prestigious Neyman Lecture

Heping Zhang, the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Biostatistics at Yale School of Public Health, recently delivered the prestigious 2022 Neyman Memorial Lecture presented by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) – one of the highest honors in statistical societies.

The Neyman Lecture, held every three years, highlights innovative work at the intersection of statistical theory and scientific research.

The talk, named after the pioneering Polish statistician Jerzy Neyman, a founder of modern statistical inference, was given by just over a dozen of the best researchers in the field. The IMS, a leading statistics agency, also invited Zhang to contribute an article about his lecture to its publications.

Watch the Neyman Memorial Lecture 2022 presented by Heping Zhang here. An introduction and summary of the presentation can be found here.

Zhang, Ph.D., is a leading Yale scientist who has pioneered work in several fields, including epidemiology, statistical genetics, children’s and women’s health, and substance use. He has produced more than 350 research publications that have helped inform public health practice through innovative developments and applications of statistical methods. He and his students are actively investigating how genetics influence complex human disorders, including neurodevelopment and COVID-19-related death.

In addition, Zhang’s work as director of the Collaborative Center for Statistics in Science has led to breakthroughs in evaluating the effectiveness of infertility treatments, including ovulation stimulation, dietary regimens, and technologies related to in vitro fertilization.

In addition to being Yale’s Susan Dwight Bliss professor of biostatistics, Zhang is a professor at Yale’s Child Study Center and a professor of statistics and data science at Yale. He is also affiliated with Yale’s Institute for Global Health.

Zhang is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. He was named Myrto Lefkopoulou Professor by the Harvard School of Public Health in 2008 and a 2011 IMS Medallion Lecturer. He was the founding editor-in-chief of Statistics and Its Interface magazine, and is a past coordinating editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association..

“This is an extraordinary honor,” said Zhang, an IMS fellow. “It is an acknowledgment of excellence beyond myself. It’s for my students, for my research team, for my colleagues at Yale and collaborators everywhere, and for all of us dedicating our careers to advancing statistical sciences for a better world.”

Zhang delivered his talk at the annual IMS meeting in London in June.

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