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Frank Hurley and Catharine Dorrier Professorship and Chair in Biostatistics


FRANK L. HURLEY, PhD ’71 (1944-2015) , and his wife and colleague, CATHARINE (KIT) DORRIER, have dedicated their careers to bringing safe and effective health care products to people around the world. Dr. Hurley was chairman and chief scientific officer of RRD International, a health care product development company which he co-founded in 2002. Dr. Hurley was also co-founder in 1971 of Biometric Research Institute, later BRI International, and served as chief scientific officer of Quintiles Transnational Corporation when BRI and Quintiles merged in 1996. Ms. Dorrier joined BRI in 1973, served as a senior technical advisor at Quintiles, and is currently a senior technical advisor at RRD International.

The two biostatisticians have been involved in trials of over 100 medical products, working with federal agencies, pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology companies. They contributed to numerous product approvals by the Food and Drug Administration, including the first bioengineered human growth hormone; drugs for treatment of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and arthritis; as well as diagnostic (MRI, ultrasound, monoclonal antibodies) and therapeutic (cardiovascular, ophthalmic, orthopedic) medical devices.

Dr. Hurley was chair, and Ms. Dorrier is a member, of the Bloomberg School’s Health Advisory Board. In addition to their support of Hopkins, Dr. Hurley and Ms. Dorrier, through the BRI Foundation, support a variety of educational and recreational organizations, particularly focusing on children and young adults.