Exposures, Interventions, & Assumptions: Maximizing the Impact of Epidemiologic Research
Monday, February 11, 2019
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Epidemiology and Biostatistics Seminar Series Presents: Alexander Breskin, PhD, postdoctoral research fellow in the department of Epidemiology at Gillings School of Global Public Health University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Modern epidemiologic methods allow us to distinguish between the causal effects of exposures, treatments, and policies. Using the example of direct acting antiviral treatment for hepatitis C virus infection among people with HIV, Breskin will describe several effect estimates of interest to clinicians and public health practitioners, demonstrate methods for their estimation, and assess the strength of the assumptions required to interpret them causally. He will show results which will inform both individual patient decision-making and public health policy around treatment for hepatitis C among people with HIV, and discuss future applications of these methods at the intersection of HIV and chronic diseases, as well as in other substantive areas.
Breskin is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of Epidemiology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. He is affiliated with the UNC Gillings Causal Inference Research Laboratory. His research involves the development and implementation of epidemiologic methods to produce robust, impactful results of interest to clinicians and policy-makers, with a specific focus on HIV.