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Core Facilities


Biostatistics Core

The core’s objectives are to provide:

  • Expertise for the planning, conduct, analysis and reporting of clinical trials, epidemiologic and population based studies, studies in genetic susceptibility of cancer, and experiments in basic research in the biology of cancer
  • Advice and consultation to the Quality Assurance Office for Clinical Trials (QACT) and the Office for Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS) in efficient and accurate database design and management of clinical research data
  • Scientific computing for data analysis and scientific graphics; and
  • Education for members of the DF/HCC in the areas of study design, data collection, computerization, and statistical methods for laboratory, clinical and population based studies.

The Biostatistics Core research component is a shared facility which supports consultation on quantitative methods for all Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) members. The Biostatistics Core has been a part of the Cancer Center since 1978.

Leadership and Staff

Core Director: Paul Catalano, Sc.D.
Core Co-Director: Rebecca Gelman, PhD

Please use the Contacts section to directly contact the statistician who is responsible for your disease site.

PUBLICATION ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: If research supported by this core facility results in publication, please acknowledge this support by including the following in your publication(s):

We thank Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center in Boston, MA, for the use of the Biostatistics Core, which provided __________ service. Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center is supported in part by an NCI Cancer Center Support Grant # NIH 5 P30 CA06516.