Pitt Public Health Epidemiologist Honored for Contributions to Clinical Trials

By: Allison Hydzik

Pitt Public Health Epidemiologist Honored for Contributions to Clinical TrialsSteven Belle, Ph.D., MSc.Hyg., co-director of the Epidemiology Data Center at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, has been named a Fellow of the Society for Clinical Trials, a prestigious honor that only a few scientists achieve each year.

Belle was recognized by the society for outstanding leadership of data coordinating centers for several multicenter studies of surgical outcomes and other treatment trials across a wide range of conditions and applications, including obesity and liver disease. He was also cited for his work combining information across multiple clinical trials.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by those who themselves are leaders in the premier international society devoted to clinical trials and other health care research,” Belle said. “I’ve been pleased to contribute to, and lead, data coordinating centers for clinical trials testing treatments for various conditions, including hepatitis C and pediatric acute liver failure, for surgical studies in obesity and liver transplantation, and to contribute to studies aimed at enhancing the health of people who care for those with Alzheimer’s disease.

“I would like to believe that all contributed to furthering knowledge and improving health and quality of life across the lifespan.”

The Society for Clinical Trials is a multidisciplinary organization with a mission of working internationally to advance health through advocating for the use of clinical trials, leading the development and dissemination of optimal methods and practices in clinical trials, and educating and developing clinical trial professionals.

An epidemiology professor with a secondary appointment in biostatistics at Pitt Public Health, Belle was one of five scientists awarded the status of Fellow at the Society for Clinical Trials’ recent annual meeting in Portland, Oregon.

Belle received his Ph.D. in biostatistics from the University of Michigan and his Master of Science in Hygiene from Pitt. He joined Pitt Public Health in 1985. He has authored more than 150 publications and has been principal investigator for several data coordinating centers funded by the National Institutes of Health.

He also has developed and leads methodology courses in Pitt Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology and has mentored numerous graduate students.

In addition to the Society for Clinical Trials, Belle is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and is an elected member of the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society-Omicron Chapter.