In her letter dated May 29, 2024, U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell congratulates BioMedware Chief Scientist Dr. Pierre Goovaerts for receiving a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The grant titled “Software for Geostatistical Smoothing and Joinpoint Regression Modeling of Time Series of Compositional Variables in Epidemiology” implements novel methods and software for working with variables that always sum to a specific value (e.g., compositional variables). This project’s technological, scientific, and commercial innovations will enhance our ability to incorporate compositional data into any epidemiological problem with an underlying spatial or temporal reference. 

This is a Phase I grant that will assess the feasibility of the novel methods. Should the techniques prove out, Dr. Goovaerts plans to submit a Phase II proposal to fully develop commercial software for the widespread dissemination of geospatial software for the analysis of compositional variables. You can read more about the grant here.

Representative Dingell has a long and impressive record serving the people, communities, and public interests of Michigan’s 6th congressional district. Her husband occupied the 6th congressional seat until his death and is the longest-serving congressman in U.S. history. In her letter to Dr. Goovaerts she observes,

“Congratulations on receiving a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for your research project.  Southeast Michigan continues to be a leader in the sciences, attracting some of the sharpest minds from all around the world, and that’s due in so small part to the work you’re doing. … Many thanks for your leadership and exemplary work.”  

BioMedware is fortunate to have Dr. Goovaerts as its Chief Scientist, and celebrates his successes and recognition by Representative Dingell.  Keep checking this blog space to see how the research project progresses!