The Biostatistics Shared Resource (BSR) provides SKCC investigators with high-quality biostatistics support and advises, educates, supports and collaborates with SKCC investigators in the design, conduct, and analysis of cancer-related population, clinical, translational, and basic science research. The facility was founded in 1994 and has been continuously funded by the CCSG since 2001. The Biostats Shared Resource provides support at all levels of investigation, from initial concept to publication of results. The shared resource also provides expertise regarding study design (validity of design, feasibility of objectives, sample size, study duration, and planned analyses);recommendations for staffing (data management and analysis support); development of grant applications; statistical analysis; and preparation of reports and manuscripts. The BSR ensures that state-of-the-art statistical methodologies are identified and used as appropriate in SKCC research and develops new statistical methods when applicable. The BSR also plays a central role in clinical research oversight through participation in the Protocol Review Committee (PRC), Data and Safety Monitoring Committee (DSMC), and Clinical Research Leadership Committee (CRLC).
Benjamin Leiby, PhD, who has more than 10 years of experience in basic and translational cancer research, directs the BSR as well as the Division of Biostatistics.