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UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center


Director: Laurel Beckett, Ph.D.

Video: Learn more about the expertise and resources offered to support Cancer Center researchers
from Dr. Laurel Beckett, director of the Biostatistics Shared Resource.

The Biostatistics Shared Resource (BSR) is a core group of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, providing biostatistical support for the clinical, population, and basic science research efforts.

The purpose of the Biostatistics Shared Resource is to provide Cancer Center investigators with design support for conceptualizing and planning new studies and with analytic support for pilot projects and other internally funded research at the cancer center.

Statistical services of the BSR for research design and planning are available to members of the cancer center without charge, subject to availability and adequate advance notice. Statistical input is mandatory for recipients of pilot and IRG awards. Analysis support is provided without charge for recipients of IRG and pilot awards; in the event that a developmental study requires a very large analysis commitment, such as for secondary analysis of a national or state database, BSR faculty help the applicant to plan an appropriate budget. The BSR also provides support without charge for analysis of pilot data, calculation of sample sizes and power, and other small projects that are prerequisites for planning new research projects. Priorities for without-charge support are determined in consultation with the CCSG leadership at weekly Senior Management meetings.


This resource is funded by the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) awarded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI P30CA093373). Publications that have utilized facility resources, services or scientific data generated by the resource should acknowledge the resource or the assistance provided by resource staff and cite the NCI CCSG grant. Moreover, to comply with NIH Public Access Policy, you must ensure that the manuscript is deposited in PubMedCentral. An electronic copy of the publication should also be sent to the resource directors.

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Services offered for cancer-related clinical, population and basic science research
  • Grant proposal preparation
  • Clinical trial design, analysis, and monitoring (Phase I, II and III; single or multi-site)
  • Study design including sample size and power calculation
  • Statistical sections for IRB applications
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Manuscript, abstract, and presentation review and preparation
  • Response to reviewer comments
  • Mentoring of cancer research trainees (fellows, junior faculty)
We strongly advise early involvement of the Biostatistics Shared Resource in study planning. All proposals that come to the Cancer Center's Scientific Review Board are reviewed for statistical content (study design, analysis plan) and appropriate biostatistics support, and we are happy to assist with this planning.

For grant planning, we need at least 2 weeks' notice so we can review the aims, preliminary results and methods, even if not in final form. We can then provide statistical sections including sample size and power, analysis methods, updated and targeted bio sketch, letter of support if needed and budget from our grants manager. We recommend a minimum of four weeks’ notice with more complex projects such as program projects, center applications and multi-site trials. Please allow for more time if you also need analysis of preliminary data.

Laurel Beckett, Ph.D.
Phone: 530-754-7161

Lisa Reyes
Assistant to the Director
Phone: 530-754-5664

If you need help from a statistician, the Biostatistics Shared Resource offers a weekly biostatistics workshop, formal service requests, or visit the Clinical and Translational Science Center's Biostatistics website.

Weekly Biostatistics Workshop

Date: Tuesdays, weekly
Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) Building, Room 1477, 2921 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento.

Researchers often have questions about statistics in designing a study or analyzing data. Some statistical questions can be easily answered in a short conversation with a knowledgeable statistician. In order to efficiently and effectively meet the statistical needs of Cancer Center investigators, we maintain weekly office hours for statistical consultations. These office hours are an opportunity for investigators to consult with a statistician about the design, analysis or presentation of medical research studies in a friendly, informal setting. Due to the popularity of this program, investigators are asked to reserve a spot in advance.


For more information, contact:
Sandra Taylor, Ph.D.
Senior Statistician
Phone: 916-703-9171

Request Services

Investigators can request more in-depth biostatistics assistance. One of our statisticians will be assigned to work with you individually. Investigators needing support with proposal preparation or data analysis should request services at least 4-6 weeks in advance of the due date of the proposal or abstract/paper submittal.