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Kung-Yee Liang Recipient of 2010 Rema Lapouse Award



Kung-Yee Liang, PhD, a former professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is the 2010 recipient of the Rema Lapouse Award. The Rema Lapouse Award recognizes excellence in psychiatric epidemiology and is given each year by the Mental Health, Epidemiology and Statistics sections of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Liang is an internationally renowned epidemiologist and biostatistician known primarily for his innovative work in the area of generalized linear models. In particular, his model for a generalized estimating equation approach (GEE), developed with Bloomberg School colleague Scott Zeger, is considered a breakthrough technique for family studies, multi-stage clustered samples in survey research and longitudinal data. Liang is also a leading scientist in the field of genetic epidemiology, having studied the genetics of a variety of psychiatric disorders, especially schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder. His work in public health includes a range of studies of cohorts, such as the Precursors study of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine graduates and several population-based cohorts with a focus on mental, substance abuse and personality disorders.

Began teaching at Johns Hopkins University in 1982. As of August 1, 2010, he retired from the Bloomberg School to become president of National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan.

Liang will be presented with the Rema Lapouse Award at a special ceremony and lecture at the APHA’s annual meeting in Denver, Colorado in November.

For information about the Rema Lapouse Award, click here.