Sandra Milena Hurtado Rua, Ph.D.
 Title: Associate Professor
 Dept: Mathematics and Statistics
 Office: RT 1510
 Phone: 216-523-7324
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1510, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Statistics, Biostatistics, Bayesian Statistics
Ph.D., Statistics, University of Connecticut
Brief Bio:
Dr. Hurtado Rúa's training is in the field of statistics, specifically in the area of Bayesian statistics with an emphasis on biostatistics applications.
Honors and Awards:
2023  Fulbright Scholar
2020  Faculty Merit Recognition
2019  Faculty Merit Recognition
Research Interests:
Dr. Hurtado Rúa is interested in the development and application of Bayesian statistical methods to clinical, biological and social studies. Her collaborative research includes statistical analysis of MRI data in the context of multiple sclerosis research, meta-analysis studies, and modeling of survival and cancer cure rates.
Teaching Areas:
Statistics (Graduate and Undergraduate), Bayesian Statistics (Graduate)
Professional Affiliations:
2006- Member, American Statistical Association.
2006- Member, Institute of Mathematical Statistics.
2010- Member, International Society of Bayesian Analysis.
2015- Member, Latin American Society of Probability and Mathematical Statistics.
Research Grants:
2021-2022 Improving causal inference methods in observational studies with applications to multiple sclerosis. CSU-Faculty research and development award.  Role: PI (8:3% Effort).

2019-2021 Targeting patient-specific risk patterns for opioid use and cravings. Ohio Department of Higher Education (Third Frontier Research Incentives). Role: Co-PI (12:5% Effort). PI: Ilya Yaroslavsky, Department of Psychology, Cleveland State University.

2018-2023 Identifying mechanisms of tissue injury in MS lesions: A multi-modality imaging approach (R01). NIH/ NINDS. Role: Co-I (12:5% Effort). PI: Susan Gauthier,
Department of Neurology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

2017-2018 A Bayesian model for making group inferences from MRI data. Faculty research and development award (CSU). Role: PI (12:5% Effort).