Ronald Thisted's major research interests are in the areas of biostatistics and epidemiology, statistical computation, and effectiveness of medical interventions.
- Study regression methods for paired data with ordered categorical outcomes, problems of multiple inference in clinical trials, methods for combining information (meta-analysis) concerning diagnostic tests such as those used in nuclear medicine, and assessment of causal relationships associated with rare but catastrophic events such as sudden death in children.
- Current work in statistical computation includes data structures for bibliographic databases, electronic publishing, computational aspects of meta-analysis, and improved design of Monte Carlo studies.
- Works related to health outcomes include comparative assessment of prognoses that result from different treatments for prostate cancer; assessment of effectiveness for prostate-specific antigen tests for screening, diagnosis, and follow-up of prostate cancer; short- and long-term effectiveness of treatments for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine; and relative benefits of SPECT imaging relative to standard diagnostics in epilepsy and dementia.
- Applied Linear Statistical Methods (Stat 343)
- Categorical Data Analysis (HS 326/Stat 226)
- Essentials of Patient Oriented Research
- Epidemiology and Clinical Investigation (HS 541)
- Professor, Department of Statistics and the College
- Professor, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care
- Professor, Committee on Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics
- Member, Institute for Mind and Biology
- Co-Director, Clinical Research Training Program
- Scientific Director, Biostatistics Core Facility, University of Chicago Cancer Research Center
Ronald Thisted's Statistics Department web site