Congratulations to Research Associate, Anaïs Rouanet, who has been awarded the 2017 Young Biometrician’s Prize.
Jointly run by the British and Irish Region of the International Biometric Society and the Fisher Memorial Trust, the Prize is awarded for Anaïs’ contribution to the paper “Joint latent class model for longitudinal data and interval-censored semi-competing events: application to dementia” that appeared in Biometrics journal in 2016. Dementia is one of the main causes of dependency and disability among the elderly. The paper extends the latent class methodology to model jointly cognitive decline and the risk of dementia, while accounting for heterogeneity in the population, interval censoring of the time-to-dementia and the competing risk of death. This model allows to identify different profiles of cognitive decline associated with specific risks of dementia and death and also to distinguish the so-called terminal pre-death cognitive decline (among healthy subjects) from the pre-dementia decline.
The judges commented that “the paper addresses the important issue of cognitive decline and dementia in later life. It deals with longitudinal data, in which the onset of dementia is interval-censored. The paper is both technically impressive and well explained, and complete code is provided to make the methodology accessible to others.”
Anaïs’ prize includes a diploma recording her award, as well as £1000, and she will have the opportunity to formally receive her prize at the Biometric Society Region’s Annual General Meeting, which will be held at the London Mathematical Society on the 28th November.
Being awarded the Young Biometrician’s Prize for 2017 is a fantastic achievement and the BSU is delighted for Anaïs.
Anaïs says: “I am truly honoured to receive this award from these prestigious societies and thankful for the recognition given to the work of young researchers.”