Elizabeth Louise Turner
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Dr. Liz Turner joined the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics in March 2012 from the Department of Medical Statistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). She holds a joint position with Duke's Global Health Institute (DGHI) where she serves as faculty statistician and collaborates with, and provides biostatistical support to, faculty and affiliates.

With a PhD in statistics from McGill University, Canada, followed by four years working as a collaborative biostatistician LSHTM, Liz has extensive experience working in both epidemiological studies and randomized trials across a range of substantive areas in developed world and resource poor settings.

Thanks to her participation in multi-disciplinary projects, she has a great appreciation for the importance of good study design and data collection and is well aware that no fancy statistical analyses can save researchers from the scourge of bad data. Through those experiences and her teaching in different settings, including the UK, Canada, France and Tanzania, she is aware that statisticians and their collaborators sometimes “speak a different language”. As a result, her approach is very much one of translation, pragmatism and collaboration.

Her current substantive interests include malaria, disability and disease burden with an emphasis on eye diseases, cardiovascular disease and mental health, together with child health and education. Methodological interests include the related questions of population size enumeration & disease burden estimation, including the use of capture-recapture methods for such ends, and issues arising in the use of multilevel models in a range of applications from sample size estimation for complex study design to the analysis of cluster randomised trials.

Further information about collaborations at DGHI can be found at:

With information about the Global Health Biostatistics Core service offered at DGHI, found at:

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  • 2424 Erwin Road, Suite 1104, 11109 Hock Plaza, Durham, NC 27705
  • Duke Box 2721, Durham, NC 27710

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