Rino Bellocco, D.Sc.
Department of Statistics and
Department of Medical
Laurea, University of Rome, La Sapienza, Rome 1989
|Previous and Current research
My interest in applying statistical methods in the medical research field started with the study of the epidemiology of HIV infection and AIDS. The statistical problem was to estimate the current HIV incidence and prevalence, based on the observed temporal distribution of AIDS cases. This problem is known in other scientific settings, under the statistical common term of ill-posed conditions. Statistical models, mainly an extension of Generalize Linear Models, and smoothing splines techniques were proposed and applied both to Italian and American Data.
My interest moved towards cancer epidemiology and other chronic diseases after I joined to Karolinska Institutet. I have been mainly involved in etiology research and the role of lifestyle factors on chronic conditions, by using the invaluable data from the Swedish population based registries. I had been working on statistical analysis of both case-control and cohort studies to assess the possible causal effects of well-defined risk factors on both cancer incidence and death.
Since 2005, I have been involved in the statistical analysis of the Swedish National March Cohort, based on almost 50,000 individuals who were enrolled during the cancer day in septembe 1997 organized by the Karolinska Institutet and the Swedish Cancer Agency.
In 2006 I moved to Italy and I was appointed as an Associate Professor in Medical Statistics at the University of Milano-Bicocca. I had since then deeply involved with both undergraduate and graduate teaching, in addition to administrative duties. I had continued being affiliated with the Karolinska Institutet, and I had boosted the interaction between the two institutions, through an intense a continuous exchange of students and faculties.
I am currently the coordinator of the Italian Working Group on Causal Inference (ICE), together with Dr.Richiardi from the University of Turin.
I became professor in Medical Statistics on October 1th, 2016.