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Vol. LXV, No. 25
December 6, 2013

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Duke’s Califf Gives Straus Lecture, Dec. 16

Dr. Robert Califf

The Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Health Therapies will be presented Monday, Dec. 16 at 9 a.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10 by Dr. Robert Califf. He is vice chancellor, clinical and translational research; director, Duke Translational Medicine Institute; professor of medicine, division of cardiology, Duke University Medical Center.

When patients and families ask about health care decisions, there is often tremendous uncertainty about the best option. While biological science is unraveling the basis for health and disease and yielding a large number of therapeutic targets, ultimately the assessment of which options are best for an individual or populations depends on empirical information derived from attempts to learn from observational studies or randomized trials.

Until recently, the fragmented nature of the system for doing human research led to a large number of research projects, many of which did not advance decision-making or science. Califf’s talk “A New Fabric for Clinical Research: Application to the Pain Problem” will examine the advent of Big Data and how it unites patients, families, providers, administrators and researchers. The effect of Big Data on management of chronic pain will be also be discussed.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, visit

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