252646 Methods and Management: NIH Administrators, Risk Factor Epidemiology, and the Framingham Heart Study

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 1:10 PM

Sejal S. Patel, PhD , National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
This presentation explores the intersection between management and research at the NIH, and how management concerns influenced methods and research styles that became prominent in epidemiology during the 1960s. In particular, this presentation details the administration of the Framingham Heart Study in the midst of growing oversight into the management of science at the National Institutes of Health, and why NIH administrators sought to shut the study down in 1965. Through understanding the details behind this controversial episode in the Framingham study, this presentations reveals intersections between methods and management in science, and contributes to our understanding of major transformations in he history of epidemiology.

Learning Areas:
Basic medical science applied in public health
Biostatistics, economics
Chronic disease management and prevention
Public health administration or related administration
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate the history of epidemiology. Define the politics involved in conducting long-term follow-up studies of natural populations. Describe how concerns with management and oversight shape scientific practices

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an experienced historian of medicine and public health with expertise on the history of epidemiology and the NIH.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.