Biostatistics Seminar Series hosting Dr. Mehmet Kocak of UTHSC, TODAY, February 11, at 2 P.M


Dear Colleagues,

The Division of Biostatistics at the Department of Preventive Medicine invites you to attend the following seminar by our speaker Dr. Mehmet Kocak of UTHSC.

Date: TODAY, February 11, 2019

Time: 2 P.M.

Place: 4th Floor Conference Room 400 in the Doctors Office Building at 66 N. Pauline Street, Memphis, TN 38105. Please park in the multi-story parking garage adjacent to the Doctors Office Building, and bring your parking card with you so we can give you a validation ticket.

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Presenter: Mehmet Kocak, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine,  UTHSC.

Title: Growth Curve Modeling in the First Years of Life

Abstract: In pediatric clinical trials and cohort studies, actual height and weight of children at a specific age may be required for certain developmental assessments such as energy expenditure. This necessitates the choice of a growth model with desired characteristics to predict height and weight accurately. In this talk, we introduce and compare two commonly used growth curve models, namely, Logistic and Gompertz models, with respect to the distribution of their residuals as well as the logistical challenges in model convergence using the US and Turkish Growth Curve Standards for the first 3 years of life.

We look forward to seeing you all among us.

Mehmet Kocak, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Division of Biostatistics