David DeMets Elected to Institute of Medicine
Madison, Wisconsin - A UW-Madison professor who has helped guide the design and analysis of hundreds of clinical trials across the country has been elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IoM), part of the National Academies.
David DeMets, the Wisconsin Alumni Medical Foundation Max Halperin Professor of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, is one of only a few biostatistics experts to be chosen for the IoM.
The list of newly elected members was announced today during the organization’s 42nd annual meeting.
The National Academies, which also include the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council and National Academy of Engineering, are private, nonprofit institutions founded in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln to provide scientific advice to the nation.
Executive orders to broaden the work of the Academies by Presidents Wilson, Eisenhower, and H.W. Bush have affirmed the importance of their service to the nation.
“It’s such an honor to be nominated, much less elected, into this select group of individuals,” said DeMets. “The
The IoM is contracted by various sponsors, often federal agencies, to investigate issues and develop reports of their findings and recommendations. The two largest tasks DeMets will be a part of include serving on these
“I was stunned to be elected to the
Election to the
DeMets has produced more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and authored four textbooks on the design and analysis of clinical trials. In the last few decades, he’s been increasingly active in the monitoring of the progress of trials - whether they’re progressing as planned or showing early emerging trends of potential harm or overwhelming benefit, and therefore may be terminated sooner than planned.
He launched his professional career at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1970 at a time when clinical trials began to play a bigger role in health research, putting him in a position to be heavily involved in the role, design, conduct and analysis of these early trials. His efforts helped establish the foundation for conducting clinical trials, of which he is most proud.
DeMets earned his PhD in biostatistics from the
Date Published: 10/21/2013