New blog worth following

20 May

I don’t usually make recommendations about new blogs. Not because I’m above all that – course I’m not – but mostly because so many people have their set ideas about what makes a good blog and they don’t need me pushing my opinions on them.

But this is a little different. Its the first blog I’ve seen that concentrates on epidemiology and is written by someone who:

…has a Ph.D. in epidemiology from an Ivy League university. Before that I got a bachelor’s degree from a different Ivy League college, a master’s degree in developmental psychology, and a master’s degree in medical sociology from another Ivy League University. I worked for more than 30 years as an epidemiology professor in medical academia and schools of public health, and in the senior biomedical research service at the Centers for Disease for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During my career I have been the editor of two epidemiology journals and one more general biomedical journal.

Thats some pretty impressive credentials.

I wouldn’t (and I doubt Epi would either) claim that the blog is about autism or vaccines, or autism related science but the two posts I’ve read that have discussed autism have been clear, concise and easy for non-experts to parse.

So, I hope that Epi will continue to blog tangentially about autism from time to time as there are big issues surrounding autism epidemiology that we could all learn about. But more than that I plan on reading Epi’s blog on a regular basis in order to learn.

That’s not to say I expect to become an epidemiology expert simply by reading a blog! Of course not. But that doesn’t preclude me from being able to hopefully discern from an expert what is important in epidemiological studies and what is not.

I would _love_ to see Epi turn her attention to some of the Geier’s epidemiological studies for example. I think we all might learn a lot from a detailed critique of that particular body of work!

I’d also like to see Epi’s opinion on some of the epidemiological studies being utilised in the Autism Omnibus hearings. As we’ve all seen, the epidemiological basis on the autism/vaccine hypothesis seems to have undergone a substantive revision of late. I’d like to see a professionals take on it.

Best of all though? The name Epi Wonk. It reminds me of Wonko The Sane from ‘So Long and Thanks For All The Fish”. Anyone that sounds that much like a man who believes he’s living in a perpetual lunatic asylum can’t be all bad 😉

So – visit Epi Wonk, see what you think.

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3 Responses to “New blog worth following”

  1. Catherina May 20, 2008 at 19:13 #

    speaking of which – the Geiers’ latest throw up makes the round:

    http://www.pharmalot.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/thimerosal-vaccine-study.pdf

    have not quite read it, but I am amazed at some of the assumptions and selection criteria they use.

  2. Science Mom May 20, 2008 at 19:45 #

    I certainly have more commentary on the article as I am almost through it but will be more fun to wait until you are through it Catherina.

    Couldn’t the petitioner’s steering committee send someone other than the Geiers in? Surely there are epidemiologists of better repute that would have been willing to do so.

  3. Catherina May 20, 2008 at 20:00 #

    Surely there are epidemiologists of better repute that would have been willing to do so.

    or there aren’t and that would be rather telling in itself. I have a grant deadline tomorrow, so won’t get to the paper until tomorrow night.

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