Director: Laurel Beckett, Ph.D.
The Biostatistical Shared Resource provides statistical expertise for the design of new studies, including sample size and power calculations and analytic plans; it participates actively in the design of new studies in basic science, clinical studies, and population and cancer prevention. Early involvement of the Shared Resources enables the design and analysis of pilot studies, assessment of measurement properties, and meta-analysis of existing data, as needed for effective planning of new research. The Biostatistics Shared Resource is involved in the design of trials ranging from single site or multi-site studies initiated by investigators in the UCD Comprehensive Cancer Center to large multi-site studies with primary design and analysis responsibilities handled by SWOG, ECOG, or other cooperative groups. The Shared Resource also fosters standardized design, monitoring, and analysis of clinical trials. In addition, Biostatistics provides statistical advice and carry out analyses for research funded within the Cancer Center programs and other Shared Resources, including pilot studies and quantitative assessment of methodology. Studies funded by the Cancer Center such as pilot studies are analyzed without charge.