Erica H. Brittain, Ph.D.

Deputy Branch Chief / Mathematical Statistician, Biostatistics Research Branch

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Dr. Erica H. Brittain, Ph.D., Deputy Branch Chief

Dr. Erica H. Brittain, Ph.D., Deputy Branch Chief

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Dr. Erica Brittain joined the Biostatistics Research Branch at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in 2003; serving as Deputy Branch Chief since 2013.  She primarily collaborates with scientists in the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation, and also at the NIH Clinical Center in the Laboratory of Allergic Diseases.  Recently, she is also working with scientists in the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. In addition, she conducts research on clinical trial design. Prior to NIAID, Dr. Brittain worked at FDA Center for Drug Evaluation Research, where she studied non-inferiority trial design issues in the regulatory setting.  Previous employment includes the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and Statistics Collaborative.  Dr. Brittain has worked in the clinical trial area since 1985, and has published on clinical trial design issues including: internal pilots, interim testing, factorial designs, subjective endpoints, minimization, survival distribution confidence intervals, and non-inferiority trials.  She has recently co-authored a book: “Statistical Hypothesis Testing in Context”.  She also served as Associate Editor of Controlled Clinical Trials (now known as Clinical Trials) from 1994-1998.  She was a Statistical Consultant to Nature Journals from 2013-2017.  In addition, she frequently serves on advisory panels at FDA and NIH.  Dr. Brittain earned her Ph.D. in Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina in 1984.  She also received an M.S. in Statistics from Stanford in 1980, after graduating with a B.S. in Mathematics from Tufts in 1977. 

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