Christine McLaren, Ph.D., is the Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Epidemiology, University of California, Irvine. She has 25 years of experience in the design, conduct, and statistical analysis of clinical research. In 1993, she was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, in part for “innovative research in biology and medicine”. She has over 130 publications, including 46 papers related to hemochromotosis, iron overload, and measures of iron status. As P.I. of a Field Center for the Hemochromatosis and Iron Overload Screening (HEIRS) Study, she supervised enrollment of 20,400 participants at the University of California, Irvine. Currently, as P.I. of the NIH R01 grant, “Iron Status: A Pathway Analysis in Multiple Ethnicities”, she leads the investigation of genetic studies of iron-related measures in African-American, Asian, Caucasian, and Hispanic participants of the HEIRS study. She has a strong track record of collaboration and publication of research findings from prior studies. From 1998 through September of 2010, she served as Director of the Biostatistics Shared Resource, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center when she accepted the position of co-Leader of the Program in Cancer Prevention and Prognosis.