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January 06, 2015

Dr. Ram Jain Brings His NHANES Expertise to Publication

Ram B. Jain, a PhD Statistician, is the latest talent to join the EmpiriStat, Inc. team this past summer and with that he brings with him over 15 years of research experience. He has been involved in the design of studies and has designed his own studies, downloading and analyzing vast amounts of data. His submersion in the collection and translation of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) has proved instrumental on a number of studies covering many topics, mainly for the Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where Dr. Jain is stationed.

NHANES is a survey research program conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States, and to track changes over time. The survey uniquely combines interviews and physical examinations. The interviews include demographic, socioeconomic, dietary, and health-related questions. The physical examinations include the examination component consists of medical, dental, and physiological measurements, as well as laboratory tests administered by medical personnel. NHANES provides the research community with the largest data bases for interviews and clinical laboratory samples. Dr. Jain is emphatic on the invaluable contributions to research that NHANES has made and will continue to make.

Dr. Jain has been involved in a number of study topics, including the following areas of concentration:


  • studying how pregnancy affects exposure to toxicants
  • studying how decreasing levels of testosterone in aging males affects bone density and disease, such as diabetes
  • finding tobacco smoke biomarkers across age, gender, ethnicity, and among smokers vs. non-smokers to help determine the allocation of funds to develop smoking cessation programs
  • further studying caffeine and smoking and their interactions - paying attention to how caffeine levels vary across gender and ethnicity


Dr. Jain has recently had published two articles in conjunction with his work for Womack and EmpiriStat. The first, Impact of pregnancy on the concentrations of selected phthalate, was published in the journal Toxicology and Environmental Chemistry (online publish date: 27 November 2014). The second article, Serum cotinine and urinary 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanonol levels among non-Hispanic Asian American smokers and nonsmokers as compared to other race/ethnicities: Data from NHANES 2011–2012, was accepted for publication in the journal Chemosphere on 20 September 2014.

EmpiriStat is excited to have such a dedicated and ambitious researcher as part of their team.

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