#019 - Biostatistics & Informatics -Part 1 - Prof. Levi Waldron

Season 2 | Episode 19
36m | Jul 31, 2022

About This Episode

There are many contributors in the world of biological / medical research looking for more effective treatments and potential cures for disease. One important group of those contributors is virtually unknown in the public and often under-recognized in medicine and the media. In this first installment of a 2-Part interview, Host Bruce Watkins is joined by Data Scientist and Researcher Prof. Levi Waldron.  

Their discussion about the field of “Biostatistics” provides eye-opening information. They explore how Data Scientists like Dr. Levi, with the aid of futuristic computing technologies, partner with hands-on researchers in laboratories around the world to find critical information often buried in a sea of varying, unclear and sometimes conflicting laboratory results. These hidden tidbits of data could change the course of future medical treatments, our own personal health outcomes, and possibly our very lives.

And, while the work of Data Research Scientists is fascinating, Dr. Levi’s personal story is just as compelling. After years of compiling and analyzing countless thousands of Head and Neck cancer patient records for analysis, one day Dr. Levi learned that he too was diagnosed with that very disease. Bruce and Dr. Levi candidly discuss what it was like for an expert like Dr. Levi, who build highly-accurate mathematical predictions for cancer patients’ survival, would one day realize that he could become one of the statistics of his own life and death projections.

Be sure to listen to the upcoming Part-2 of the interview with Prof. Waldron as he and Bruce dive deeper into how Dr. Levi turned his cancer diagnosis into a motivation for patient advocacy, how he set the example by personally sharing his own health data, and how he continues to help others share their own cancer stories.  

STAY TUNED for PART-2 of the interview with Prof. Levi Waldron on the Our Cancer Journey Podcast: #020 - Biostatistics & Informatics Part 2 - Prof. Levi Waldron


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Episode Host: Bruce Watkins

A Father, Cancer survivor, producer, podcaster, writer & content creator, speaker, voice-over artist, facilitator/moderator, avid traveler, cultural explorer, humanitarian, giving-back & minimalist evangelist, music enthusiast, former Corporate people leader, and curious soul who transformed into an unapologetically optimistic and unpretentious advocate of Life-Optimization for all. 

After surviving Cancer and other life-changing experiences in 2017, Bruce gave away most of his possessions, left his home behind, and began traveling, writing, volunteering, and giving-back.

Episode Guest:

Professor Waldron received a BSc in physics from the University of British Columbia, an MSc in physics from the University of Waterloo, and a PhD in wood science from the University of Toronto. He developed his interest in biostatistics and public health during post-docs at the Ontario Cancer Institute, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the Harvard School of Public Health, before joining the faculty at CUNY. Prof. Waldron works on a variety of projects including some funded by the NIV, and he is a serves on the steering committee of the Microbiome Virtual International Forum, a multi-day event that brings together scientists from a variety of disciplines from around the globe to share information and learn about the Human Biome. Dr. Levi has also been very active in cancer support community, and shared his personal story throughout his cancer journey as an example to others that would follow.

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