In the Spotlight: Casey Godbout.
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Casey Godbout is our Senior Epidemiologist based in the US. She joined in 2012 and her main responsibility is running our epidemiology analysis across the service, including forecasting patient populations across all disease areas in the US, Japan and five major EU markets, as well as in China and other developing healthcare markets. We’ve put Casey in the spotlight to find out more about what she really does at Datamonitor Healthcare and why epidemiology is an integral part of our service…
What is your background?
After completing my BS in Biology at Stonehill College I immediately entered into Boston University’s MPH program. I graduated with a Master’s of Public Health in Environmental Health with a focus on Infectious Disease Epidemiology.
What is your role here at Datamonitor Healthcare?
I am a Senior Epidemiologist on the epidemiology team. My primary responsibilities are to estimate the prevalent/incident patient populations across a wide range of diseases and therapy areas. I oversee the Epidemiology portfolio and am the project manager for all epidemiology assignments. I work closely with members of the analyst teams to produce accurate, cohesive content across all disease areas.
Within these areas, what has been your most interesting research project?
Being an Epidemiologist I’m able to work on a lot of different diseases. I would have to say my most interesting project to date was estimating the number of people with complicated skin and skin structure infections each year. That was probably my most challenging (and interesting!) project and it related to some of my MPH studies in antibiotic resistance. I was able to work closely with members of the analyst team throughout the whole process, figuring out how to align epidemiological study definitions and clinical trial definitions: we learned a lot from each other in the process.
What do you like most about working at Datamonitor Healthcare?
I love learning new things every day on the job – that to me is a very rewarding aspect of being a part of Datamonitor Healthcare. Whether it be from an intense data discussion with another epidemiologist, a collaboration call with other analysts, or engaging with a client, there is always something to learn and always ways to improve and innovate.
I’m also a remote worker, which I feel is a daunting prospect for a lot of people; however I’ve never felt closer to a team or more involved. Technology is a wonderful thing. Being able to engage with and see my colleagues who are thousands of miles across the pond will never stop amazing me.
Why do you think our customers like Datamonitor Healthcare?
I think our customers like Datamonitor Healthcare because of the transparency of our methodologies and conclusions. From start to finish we provide as much information about an analysis as possible. From an Epidemiology standpoint, we describe all of the data sources used to estimate a disease population and provide an in-depth assessment of the strengths and caveats of the data sources used, as well as data sources not used. It is important for clients to see what, why, and how something is done, and also, who produced the content. Direct communication between our analysts and clients is invaluable; as a direct result we are able to take these conversations and translate them into product innovations our clients want and need.
What do you think your greatest achievement has been since working at Datamonitor Healthcare?
Being able to transform our Epidemiology portfolio and improve analyses and techniques are forever ongoing, and forever rewarding. Like many other parts of our offering, the transition from static reports and analyses, to interactive and easy to use data formats, is a significant achievement. A lot of time and thought goes into developing a wide-range of data deliverables. Being able to address the diverse range of epidemiology needs of our clients is always something I strive to achieve.
Outside work, what do you enjoy doing?
When the weather warms up and I can finally be relieved of my (unwelcomed) snow shoveling duties, New Hampshire summers are the best around. I love the outdoors: hiking, kayaking, beach yoga – basically anything that involves movement and the outdoors, I’m doing it.
I also have a true passion for the NBA and travelling. Putting those two together always leads to some amazing site-seeing and basketball games across the US.
Any New Year’s resolution for 2015?
Yoga and meditation at least a few days a week – I’m always on the go and I think it’s so important to settle your mind and body regularly. Namaste.
A big thank you to Casey for taking the time to talk to us!
- If you’d like to keep up to date with what Casey is up to this year you can follow her on twitter by clicking here.
- You can also read her full bio here.
If you’re interested in seeing more of what Casey does at Datamonitor Healthcare please download some of our free pieces of content below:
- Infographic: Exploring diagnosed cystic fibrosis popular
- Demo: An Evolution of Epidemiology Analysis