Dr. Kung-Yee Liang, Ph.D., a world-renowned biostatistician has inaugurated on December, 5, 2017 as the 6th President of NHRI.
Dr. Liang is best known for the co-development of generalized estimating equations (GEE) with Dr. Scott Zeger. This methodology has been a widely used regression method for correlated responses from genetic, cohort, and sample survey studies. In 2015, he received International Statistical Institute’s Karl Pearson Prize for contemporary research contribution that has had profound influence on statistical theory, methodology, practice, and/or applications. In 2016, he was inducted as an elected Member of the National Academy of Medicine in the United States. Prior to his appointments in Taiwan, Dr. Laing was Professor and Director for Graduate Program at Department of Biostatistics in Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health from 1982 to 2010.
Dr. Liang is no stranger to NHRI. His engagement with the institutes started early in the founding stage, while he served as the co-chair of the Biostatistics Planning Committee, and later as an active member and director for the Advisory Committee for the Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics and Public Health Review Committee. Dr. Liang was invited by Dr. Cheng-Wen Wu, the founding President to serve as the Vice-President of NHRI from 2003 to 2006 before his appointment as the President of National Yang-Ming University from 2010 to 2017.
Under Dr. Liang’s leadership, NHRI envisions to meet emerging challenges and continues to apply evidence-based practice in mission-oriented medical health research, serving as a think tank for the government and promoting cooperation to boost Taiwan’s biotechnology industry.