Thursday, October 16, 2008

Cancer surveillance seminar

UCSB Department of Geography Colloquium

DATE: October 16, 2008
TIME: 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.
PLACE: Buchanan 1930


SPEAKERS: Pierre Goovaerts and Geoffrey Jacquez, BioMedware Inc

TITLE: New Geospatial Approaches to Cancer Control and Surveillance

ABSTRACT:
Recent and ongoing research at BioMedware has focused on the
development and
application of new GIScience and geostatistical
methods in cancer control and
surveillance. This talk will first give
a brief overview of a geostatistical approach
tailored to the
analysis of both a real and individual-level health data. It will be

used to map the risk of late-stage breast cancer diagnosis in
Michigan, and to
analyze lung cancer mortality in the southeastern
United States in relation to
shipyard asbestos, industrial activities,
and other factors. A new meta-analytic
approach to cancer
clustering, called “Cluster Morphology Analysis” (CMA) will

be discussed that relaxes assumptions of cluster shape. CMA has
been shown
in simulation studies to reduce false positives while
maintaining statistical
power and its application to pancreatic
cancer mortality in Michigan will be
presented.

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