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Design and Analysis of Vaccine Studies - Statistics for Biology and Health (Hardback)
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Design and Analysis of Vaccine Studies - Statistics for Biology and Health (Hardback)

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Hardback 390 Pages / Published: 09/11/2009
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Immunizationisoneofthegreatadvancesinpublichealth. Figure0. 1showsacamel with a solar-powered refrigerator on his back carrying vaccines across a hot desert to the far reaches of civilization. Many vaccines contain live viruses that need to be kept cold, or the vaccine viruses will die, and the vaccines will lose their ability to produce an immune response. Thus a continuous chain of refrigeration, the cold chain, from the origin to delivery of some vaccines needs to be maintained. The inspiration of the camel image is that it represents the dedication of the world to bring vaccines to everyone. The ?rst major success, and the origin of the word vaccination (vacca for cow), was Jenner's introducing cowpox-based vaccine against smallpox in the late 18th century. After nearly a century hiatus, at the end of the 19th century, inoculations against cholera, typhoid, plague (caused by bacteria) and rabies (caused by a virus) were developed. By the early 20th century, statisticians of the stature of Karl Pe- son, Major Greenwood, and Udny Yule were heartily involved in discussions of evaluating these vaccines in the ?eld. In the 1920s, new vaccines included pert- sis, diptheria, tetanus, and bacille Calmette-Guerin ' against tuberculosis. The 1930s saw development of yellow fever, in?uenza, and rickettsia vaccines. After World War II, the advent of cell cultures in which viruses could grow enabled production of polio vaccine and vaccines against measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and a- novirus, among others (Plotkin et al 2008).

Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
ISBN: 9780387403137
Number of pages: 390
Weight: 1650 g
Dimensions: 240 x 160 x 23 mm
Edition: 2010 ed.


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"...The first comprehensive book on the topic of vaccine trials, their design and analysis. Given the recent interest in developing vaccines, ...the book is timely, relevant and important. The authors are in the vanguard of the statistical and epidemiology aspects of vaccine research and development, and their combined expertise covers an impressively broad range of topics. ...Useful for a diverse audience: graduate students, practicing biostatisticians, and professionals in epidemiology and infectious diseases." (Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics)

"In their recent book ... Halloran, Longini, Struchiner present many years of research on such studies much of which they have conducted. The book is aimed at three audiences: researchers specializing in vaccines and infectious diseases, those aiming to read their studies and students in related fields ... . The book includes problems at the end of each chapter along with answers ... . this is a well written and informative book. I recommend it to anyone interested in learning about vaccine studies." (Matthew C. Wiener, Technometrics, Vol. 53 (1), February, 2011)

"Researchers and postgraduate students in infectious disease epidemiology and biostatistics. ... useful to every practicing biostatistician and epidemiologist in the field. ... the authors have succeeded in writing an impressive overview of a complex topic. ... the book belongs to the shelf of all those interested in the analysis of infectious disease data. More generally, the book serves a useful textbook of statistics applied to real-life problems in which the balance between substantive research questions and the availability of data always remains an issue." (Kari Auranen, International Statistical Review, Vol. 78 (3), 2010)

"The book's main audience comprises two groups: clinical/basic scientists involved in research in vaccine studies and students/researchers in statistics/epidemiology interested in statistical methodologies for evaluating vaccination efficacy. ... reader interested in more technical details is provided with adequate references. ... Every aspiring statistical researcher and epidemiologist interested in vaccine studies should have this book on his or her shelf as an essential guide and reference for learning the subject, understanding the current state of the literature ... ." (Debajyoti Sinha, Journal of the American Statistical Association, June, 2011)

"Any book targeting a wide audience with technical material confronts the problem of balancing rigor with accessibility. Design and Analysis of Vaccine Studies largely succeeds at this task. A cursory reading of this book will give readers an understanding of the concepts and techniques needed to successfully analyze vaccine studies ... . Halloran, Longini, and Struchiner have produced a text that can serve as a valuable resource for epidemiologists, biostatisticians, and anyone interested in the design and analysis of vaccine studies." (Derek A. T. Cummings and Justin Lessler, American Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 174 (7), October, 2011)

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