Yale Biostatistician Heping Zhang Delivers Prestigious Neyman Lecture

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

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

Named after groundbreaking Polish statistician Jerzy Neyman, the founder of modern statistical inference, the lecture was given by just over a dozen top researchers in the field. The IMS, a leading statistical society, also invited Zhang to contribute a paper related to his lecture to its publications.

Watch the 2022 Neyman Memorial Lecture presented by Heping Zhang here. An introduction and a summary of the presentation are available here.

Zhang, Ph.D., is a distinguished Yale scientist who has done pioneering work in a variety of fields, including epidemiology, statistical genetics, child and women’s health, and addiction. He has produced over 350 research publications that have helped inform public health practice through innovative developments and applications of statistical methods. He and his students are actively studying how genetics affects complex human conditions, including neurodevelopment and COVID-19-related mortality.

Additionally, 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, diets and technologies related to in vitro fertilization.

In addition to being the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Biostatistics at Yale, Zhang is a Professor at the Yale Center for Child Studies and Professor of Statistics and Data Science at Yale. He is also affiliated with the Yale 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 the 2008 Myrto Lefkopoulou Distinguished Lecturer by the Harvard School of Public Health and a 2011 IMS Medalist Lecturer. He was the founding editor of the journal Statistics and Its Interface, and is the former coordinating editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association..

“It’s an amazing honor,” said IMS member Zhang. “It’s recognition of excellence beyond myself. This is for my students, for my research team, for my Yale colleagues and collaborators around the world, and for all of us who dedicate their careers to advancing the statistical sciences for a better world.

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

Angela C. Hale