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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.

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. For grant applications, we recommend a minimum of four weeks’ notice with more complex projects such as program projects, center applications and multi-sectional trials.

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.