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Notice to Readers 1999 CDC and ATSDR Symposium on Statistical Methods

CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) will cosponsor a statistical methods symposium, "Emerging Statistical Issues in Public Health for the 21st Century," January 28-29, 1999, in Atlanta. A short course, "Privacy, Confidentiality, and the Protection of Health Data -- A Statistical Perspective," will be offered January 27, 1999, in conjunction with the symposium. The symposium and course are open to the public.

Abstracts will be considered in the following areas: 1) data collection and storage, including questionnaire and survey design, the use of data registries, and issues related to patients' rights and data privacy and confidentiality; 2) modeling and analysis of complex and/or dependent data structures, including techniques and software for spatial, clustered, longitudinal, survey, and genetic data, hierarchical and causal modeling, and data mining; 3) modeling and analysis of sparse data structures, including issues related to missing values, limits of detection, low dosages or exposures, and rare conditions; 4) design, modeling, and evaluation of public health interventions; and 5) applications of statistical methods in public health arenas including infectious and chronic disease prevention, injury and violence prevention, occupational and environmental exposures, and immunization.

Abstracts should be postmarked no later that July 1, 1998. Authors of papers accepted for presentations or posters will be notified by September 30, 1998. Registration and abstract information and additional information regarding scientific content of the symposium is available from CDC's Epidemiology Program Office, 1999 CDC and ATSDR Symposium on Statistical Methods, 1600 Clifton Road, NE, Mailstop D-01, Atlanta GA 30333; telephone (404) 639-3806; fax (404) 639-4463; or e-mail

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