UNTHSC Student Honored at SAS Global Forum


Published: June 1, 2009

Elisa Priest, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (UNTHSC) doctoral student in Epidemiology, was honored at the recent SAS Global Forum in Washington, D.C., as one of nine 2009 SAS Student Ambassadors and as winner of “Best Contributed Paper,” Statistics Section, by the organization, which provides business analytics software used in statistical analysis and data manipulations.  The annual SAS Student Ambassador competition is designed to recognize and support student researchers who use SAS technologies in innovative ways to benefit their industries and fields of study.  More than 3,000 participants attended the recent international users conference.

Originally from Brazil, Priest holds a master’s degree in community health from the University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, and a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cell biology from Texas A&M University.  She is currently pursuing her DrPH in Epidemiology through the UNTHSC School of Public Health, with a focus on chronic diseases and clinical trial design and processes.

She has presented at several South Central SAS Users Group (SCSUG) conferences and epidemiology conferences.  She authored a book chapter on obesity and inflammation and has contributed to several published articles in epidemiology and chronic disease journals, including Contemporary Clinical Trials and Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.