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COLLECTION Identifier: H MS c338

Stephen W. Lagakos papers

Overview

The Stephen W. Lagakos papers, 1971-2009 (inclusive), 1995-2009 (bulk), are the product of Lagakos’s activities as an HIV/AIDS researcher, biostatistician, and professor of biostatistics.

Dates

  • 1971-2009 (inclusive),
  • Majority of material found within 1995-2009 .

Creator

Language of Materials

Papers are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Access requires advance notice. Access to organizational and institutional records is restricted for 50 years from the date of record creation. These restrictions appear in Series I. Access to personal, student and patient information is restricted for 80 years from the date of creation. These restrictions appear in Series I, II, and III. Researchers may apply for access to restricted records. Consult Public Services for further information.

Access to electronic records in this collection is premised on the availability of a computer station, requisite software, and/or the ability of Public Services staff to review and/or print out records of interest in advance of an on-site visit. Researchers should consult Public Services for further information.

The Records are stored offsite. Researchers are advised to contact Public Services for more information concerning retrieval of material.

Conditions Governing Use

The Harvard Medical Library does not hold copyright on all materials in the collection. Researchers are responsible for identifying and contacting any third-party copyright holders for permission to reproduce or publish. For more information on the Center's use, publication, and reproduction policies, view our Reproductions and Use Policy.

Extent

13 cubic feet ( (13 records center cartons) )
9.82 gigabytes* (42 3.5" floppy disks and 2 compact discs)
8.4 cubic feet (8 records center cartons and 1 letter size doc box (unprocessed))
The Stephen W. Lagakos papers, 1971-2009 (inclusive), 1995-2009 (bulk), are the product of Lagakos’s activities as an HIV/AIDS researcher, biostatistician, and professor of biostatistics. The papers include research records from Lagakos’s involvement in HIV/AIDS clinical trials, his professional writings, his teaching records from the Harvard School of Public Health and the State University of New York, Buffalo, records from his involvement with professional organizations, and personal correspondence, appointment books, and photographs.

The Stephen W. Lagakos papers consist of five series: I. Research Records, II. Writings, III. Teaching Records, IV. Professional Organizations Records and V. Personal Records.

Records are entirely in English.

Biographical Note

Stephen W. Lagakos (1946-2009), B.S., 1968, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; M.Ph., Ph.D., 1972, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., was a biostatistician, HIV/AIDS researcher, and Professor of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Boston, Massachusetts. Lagakos was a member of Department of Biostatistics from 1978 until his death in 2009, also serving as chair of the department (1999-2006). While at Harvard, Lagakos worked on the Woburn Study and was the founder and director of HSPH's Center for Biostatistics in AIDS Research (CBAR).

Stephen Lagakos was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylania on 18 June 1946. After graduating from George Washington University, Lagakos was a visiting professor and assistant professor at the State University of New York, Buffalo from 1972 to 1977. He moved to Harvard University in 1978, joining the faculty of the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health, with an appointment in the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts. In 1999, he was named Henry Pickering Walcott Professor of Biostatistics and appointed Chair of the Department of Biostatistics, a position he held until 2006. From 1985 to 1988, Lagakos received citations from the Harvard School of Public Health’s Committee on Policy for Oustanding Teaching. He also served as a doctoral advisor through his tenure at Harvard.

In the 1980s, Lagakos worked with Harvard School of Public Health colleagues on the Woburn Study, which linked higher incidences of leukemia and birth defects in Woburn, Massachusetts with polluted water supply wells. He served on the Massachusetts Department of Health, Woburn Advisory Committee from 1984 to 1988. From 1989 to 1996, Lagakos served as director of the Statistical and Data Analysis Center, AIDS Clinical Trials Group. In 1995, he became the founder and director of the Center for Biostatistics in AIDS Research (CBAR) at Harvard School of Public Health, which is responsible for the design, monitoring, and analysis of most federally-funded clinical trials of HIV in the United States and is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Lagakos designed and analyzed studies, including investigations of how and when HIV-infected mothers transmit the virus to their children and the effectiveness of antiretroviral drugs, and he contributed to broadening access to antiretroviral drugs to those in developing countries.

From 1982 to 1987, Lagakos served as co-director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Collaborating Center for Cancer Biostatistics Evaluation. In the 1980s he served on several National Academy of Sciences committees. Lagakos was a statistical consultant to the New England Journal of Medicine and a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Statistical Association. Lagakos died, along with his wife and mother, in an automobile accident in New Hampshire in 2009.

Series and Subseries in the Collection

  1. I. Research Records, 1989-2009, undated.
  2. II. Writings, 1973-1977, 1994-2009, undated.
  3. III. Teaching Records, 1973-1985.
  4. IV. Professional Organizations Records, 2002-2005
  5. V. Personal Records, 1971, 1979-2003

Immediate Source of Acquisition

  1. Accession number 2011-04. Adrian Lagakos and David Lagakos. 2010 August.

Related Records in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Center for the History of Medicine

  1. Records of the Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Biostatistics. RG P-DT06, Series 00489, 00490, 00491, 00492, 00493.

Processing Information

Processed by Bryan Sutherland, 2013 August.

Processing staff in the Center for the History of Medicine analyzed, arranged, and described the records and created a finding aid to improve access to the collection. To enhance preservation, processing staff re-housed the collection and, where necessary, photocopied documents onto acid-free paper. Duplicate records and records that did not meet the collection policy of the Center for the History of Medicine were discarded. Folder titles were transcribed from the originals. All electronic media were imaged using Access Data’s FTK and a Forensics Recovery of Evidence Device. Records were then transferred to secure storage. Files that could be opened were sampled for content, however, researchers should be aware that not every file in the collection could be opened and assessed. Regardless of copy status, all original media have been retained.
Link to catalog
Title
Lagakos, Stephen W. Papers, 1971-2009 (inclusive), 1995-2009 (bulk): Finding Aid
Author
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Center for the History of Medicine.
Sponsor
The Stephen W. Lagakos papers were processed with grant funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as awarded in 2012 and administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).
EAD ID
med00185

Repository Details

Part of the Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine) Repository

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