Kung-Yee Liang, PhD, noted biostatistician in health, will be the Rema Lapouse Award recipient for 2010. The Rema Lapouse Award is granted annually to an outstanding recipient for excellence in psychiatric epidemiology. Established by the Mental Health, Epidemiology, and Statistics Sections of APHA, it was inaugurated by a trust established by Milton Terris, MD, in honor of his wife, Rema Lapouse, MD.

Dr. Liang is an excellent choice for this award.  He is an internationally renowned epidemiologist and biostatistician. He received his PhD in Biomathematics-Biostatistics from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1982. Kung-Yee is Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he has taught since 1982. For many years he served as Director of the Graduate Program. He has been visiting professor to Imperial College, Institute of Biometric Sciences. Liang has also served as Vice-President and Acting President of the National Health Research Institutes in Taiwan during this time. 

Liang has published over 200 articles in professional journals and seminal texts in biostatistics.  His Analysis of Longitudinal Data (coauthored with Diggle and Zeger) (1994, 2002) is a standard text.  Kung-Yee is known primarily for his innovative work in the area of generalized linear models, and in particular, his and Zeger’s model for a generalized estimating equation approach (GEE), a breakthrough technique for family studies, multi-stage clustered samples in survey research, and longitudinal data.  He is a leading scientist in the field of genetic epidemiology and has studied the genetics of a variety of psychiatric disorders, including especially schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.  His work in public health has included a range of studies of cohorts, such as the Precursors study of Hopkins medical school graduates and several population-based cohorts with a focus on mental, substance abuse, and personality disorders.  He has organized scientific sessions and been invited lecturer at numerous conferences and schools.  Many of his articles are considered classics in biostatistics, winning accolades from leaders in his field.

            Currently editor of Statistica Sinica, he serves as coeditor of the Journal of American Statistical Association, Biometrics, and Biostatistics. Among his numerous honors and awards, in 1987 he was awarded the Snedecor Award for best publication in Biometry in 1986 by the American Statistical Association and in 1990 the PAHA Spiegelman Award for accomplishments in the field of health statistics. In 1997 Kung-yee received the 1997 Advising, Mentoring, and Teaching Recognition Award from John Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health Student Assembly. A Distinguished Alumni Award from National Tsing-Hua University was presented in 2006.  

Known for his brilliance, geniality, and friendliness, Kung-Yee is a well-liked and respected colleague and professor. Being considered one of the top biostatisticians in the world has led to his being offered the presidency of the National Yang-Ming University in his native Taiwan, where he will be returning this year. In addition, he will direct neuroscience and psychiatry research in the medical school, considered one of the most prestigious in Asia.

The award committee comprised of C Hendricks Brown, Elizabeth Jane Costello, Bruce Link and Anthony Kouzis is delighted to announce Dr. Kung-Yee Liang as the recipient of this year’s Rema Lapouse Award. You are invited to attend Dr. Liang’s award ceremony and lecture at a special session of the American Public Health Association at the APHA’s annual meeting in Denver.