December 11, 2012
Abhik Das Elected to Society for Pediatric Research
- Abhik Das, Ph.D., has been elected a member of the Society for Pediatric Research
- Das is a senior research statistician at RTI International
- The Society for Pediatric Research promotes advancement in pediatric health through research and scholarship
- Lisa Bistreich-Wolfe
- Patrick Gibbons
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Abhik Das, Ph.D., a senior research statistician at RTI International, has been elected a member of the Society for Pediatric Research.
The Society for Pediatric Research promotes advancement in pediatric health through excellence and innovation in pediatric research and scholarship. The society aims to foster the research and career development of investigators engaged in efforts to advance the health and well-being of children and youth by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas.
Das was recognized for his achievements in pediatric research, which include leadership in the statistical design and analysis of studies in neonatal and neurodevelopmental morbidities in premature babies, fetal alcohol effects, longitudinal effects of prenatal substance use on child developmental trajectories, reducing adolescent pregnancies and maternal-infant nutrition in developing countries. Many of these studies have resulted in changes to clinical practice.
“This is a rare honor for a person who is not a pediatrician or clinician and demonstrates the importance of Das’ research,” said Craig Hill, vice president of RTI's Survey and Computing Sciences Unit. “We are extremely proud of him and happy to see his hard work recognized.”
Since joining RTI in 1998, Das has specialized in the design of intervention studies including randomized clinical trials, as well as modeling, analysis and interpretation of public health data from the epidemiologic and environmental fields. His work has involved various areas of health research including neonatology, maternal and child health, substance abuse, health insurance coverage and diabetes.
He has coauthored close to 200 publications, reviewed research journals, served on data and safety monitoring committees for National Institutes of Health clinical trials, international expert panels on global health, and on Study Sections for both NIH and the National Science Foundation.
Das earned a doctorate degree in biostatistics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, a master’s degree in statistics from the University of Wyoming, and a bachelor’s degree in statistics from the University of Calcutta.