|Professor and Vice Chair of Epidemiology
Associate Director, Clinical Research Unit
Department of Ophthalmology
Gerald McGwin, Jr. is originally from Portland, Maine. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Vermont (1993) majoring in Education. He received an M.S. degree in Health and Social Behavior from the Harvard University School of Public Health (1995) and a Ph.D. degree in Epidemiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (1998). Throughout his academic training, Dr. McGwin's research interested focused on injuries, particularly as they relate to elderly populations.
Since 1998 Dr. McGwin has been on the faculty of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he is currently Professor and Vice Chair of Epidemiology with secondary appointments in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Surgery. His current research interests focus on the epidemiology of injuries, particularly motor vehicle collisions and burns, aging-related eye diseases, and lupus.
Dr. Gerald McGwin is the Associate Director of Epidemiology and Biostatistical Research Services in the Clinical Research Unit. Along with his staff, Dr. McGwin provides study design and statistical analysis support for research activities associated with the Clinical Research Unit. Specific examples of the services they provide include selection of appropriate epidemiologic study designs, power and sample size calculations, and the statistical analysis and interpretation of research data. Dr. McGwin's staff also provide database design and management support for research activities within the Clinical Research Unit. The goal is to provide a comprehensive set of services from study design to manuscript preparation such that researchers can efficiently transform hypotheses into executable studies.
In addition to these activities, Dr. McGwin also maintains several research interests within the Clinical Research Unit. His primary research activities relate to the driving safety of older adults. Many of these studies seek to evaluate associations between medical, functional, and physical impairments and motor vehicle collision involvement. Some of his current and past projects focus on the issue of diabetes and motor vehicle collisions among older drivers and visual impairments and their association with injury-producing motor vehicle collisions. Dr. McGwin is also involved in several clinical epidemiologic studies focusing primarily on risk factors for age-related maculopathy and characteristics associated with glaucoma incidence and progression. Dr. McGwin also has an extensive interest in epidemiologic and statistical methodology as it applies to the field of ophthalmology.
University of Vermont
School of Public Health
MS, Health and Social Behavior
University of Alabama