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Assistant Professor of Epidemiology / Assistant Professor of Familiy Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, USA

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Bala is Assistant Professor and statistician at the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Epidemiology focused on the development and application of bio-statistical and epidemiological methods for multi-center clinical trials research. Bala has made significant contributions to 7 major studies and over 25 other projects, and published 95 peer-reviewed research papers as a primary statistician and investigator. Bala is also a recipient of the Young Statistician award from the International Statistical Institute, Netherlands.

His current primary research interests are on Influenza infectious disease and also on ophthalmologic advances through Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG) research.
He is currently collaborating with the investigators in University of Pittsburgh Department of Family Medicine on influenza vaccine effectiveness research. Since 2011, Bala has been co-Investigator for three of the CDC’s US Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network studies (US Flu VE). The results from the first study ending in 2016 were used by the CDC advisory committee on influenza practice (ACIP) to help create the public health policy for live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV).
 
One of Bala’s proudest recent achievements through the US Influenza Network study was the World Health Organization (WHO) utilizing the network data to inform policy regarding vaccine selection for the upcoming 2019-2020 influenza season.