American Statistical Association
New York City
Metropolitan Area Chapter

Levin Lecture Series: Spring 2018 Colloquium Seminars
Department of Biostatistics
Columbia University



Jeff Morris
Professor, Deputy Chair Ad Interim
Department of Biostatistics
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Host: Dr. Gen Li


Glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness, is characterized by optic nerve damage related to intraocular pressure (IOP), but its full etiology is unknown. Researchers at UAB have devised a custom device to measure scleral strain continuously around the eye under fixed levels of IOP, which here is used to assess how strain varies around the posterior pole, with IOP, and across glaucoma risk factors such as age. The hypothesis is that scleral strain decreases with age, which could alter biomechanics of the optic nerve head and cause damage that could eventually lead to glaucoma. To evaluate this hypothesis, we adapted Bayesian Functional Mixed Models to model these complex data consisting of correlated functions on spherical scleral surface, with nonparametric age effects allowed to vary in magnitude and smoothness across the scleral surface, multi-level random effect functions to capture within-subject correlation, and functional growth curve terms to capture serial correlation across IOPs that can vary around the scleral surface. Our method yields fully Bayesian inference on the scleral surface or any aggregation or transformation thereof, and reveals interesting insights into the biomechanical etiology of glaucoma. The general modeling framework described is very flexible and applicable to many complex, high-dimensional functional data, and currently general Matlab/R package being assembled to fit a broad set of Bayesian Functional Mixed Models throughout the literature. This work is to appear in JASA-ACS.

Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018
Time: 11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
Location: Mailman School of Public Health
Department of Biostatistics
722 West 168th Street
AR Building
8th Floor Auditorium
New York, New York

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