‘Person-Time’ is dedicated to explaining what epidemiology is, how epidemiological research is done and why it matters for our understanding of health and disease.
This may sound dry, but I will do my utter best to make it sparkle. I will try to share a bit of the excitement I feel every time epidemiology helps me see a connection I hadn’t seen before.
My name is Daniel Witte. I am a medical doctor and epidemiologist, and my work is focused on diabetes, its causes, complications, and their effect on health. But ‘Person-Time’ is not just about diabetes research. It will cover the methods that epidemiologists use when they study populations. It will show some of the amazing and surprising results and insights the population approach can give us. But it will also cover the failures, the shortcuts epidemiologists sometimes take and the far reaching and possibly dangerous effects that can have. I will use lots of examples of how the results of epidemiological research pop up in the news and affect the ideas we have about our health. I hope Person-Time will help people understand how to deal with these often confusing messages.
‘Person-Time’ is not a one-way channel. Please comment, discuss, let me know what you think and contribute suggestions. But most of all: enjoy!