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Cancer Biostatistics

Cancer Biostatistics Director
Kenneth M. Boucher, PhD

The primary objective of the Cancer Biostatistics (CB) Shared Resource is to provide state-of-the-art biostatistics and research design support to laboratory, translational, clinical, and population sciences investigators at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). CB Shared Resource staff members also develop new statistical methods for use in cancer research and they support cancer researchers by providing didactic and one-on-one mentoring to educate HCI investigators in principles of study design, development of analysis plans, and interpretation of data. The CB Shared Resource pursues these objectives in close coordination with the Study Design and Biostatistics Center (SDBC), the biostatistics core of the University of Utah Health Sciences Center (UUHSC) and its National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA)-supported Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS). The CB Shared Resource is included as one of several sections of the SDBC.

Staff of the CB Shared Resource retain a primary subject matter focus on cancer research and are located in the HCI building; they provide direct on-site access to HCI investigators throughout all stages of the research process including, to provide guidance in formulation of research objectives, development of informative and efficient study designs, implementation of randomization procedures, design and implementation of surveys, selection of appropriate instruments and development of new instruments for measurement of health outcomes, development of appropriate procedures for collection and secure storage of data, collaborative formulation of pre-specified analysis plans prior to data analysis, and interpretation and presentation of data in publications and oral presentations. As needed, the efforts of the CB Shared Resource are supplemented by other SDBC personnel—ensuring that HCI investigators have an extremely broad range of specialized expertise at their disposal—including 40 biostatisticians, epidemiologists, health economists, psychometricians, survey design experts, qualitative research experts, and program evaluation experts, including 24 at the PhD or MD level. SDBC staff also support new projects during periods in which the CB Shared Resource is already working at full capacity.

The CB Shared Resource is led by Kenneth Boucher, PhD (CCPS)—an accomplished biostatistician and a Cancer Center member since 1996—and includes five personnel with specialized cancer research expertise. Dr. Boucher works in close coordination with Tom Greene, PhD, SDBC Director, a senior biostatistician with 25 years of experience as lead statistician for multicenter clinical trials and other large-scale multidisciplinary research efforts.

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Cancer Biostatistics Governance

HCI Senior Director Oversight
Cornelia Ulrich, MS, PhD

Faculty Advisory Committee Chair
David K. Gaffney, MD, PhD

Faculty Advisory Committee Members
Srinivasan Beddhu, MD
Benjamin Brooke, MD, PhD
Howard Colman, MD, PhD
Anne Kirchhoff, PhD
Don McClain, PhD
Charles Saltzman, MD
Ken Smith, PhD
Rajendu Srivastava, MD, PhD

If use of this resource results in a publication, please acknowledge the Cancer Center Support Grant by using the following text: "The project described was supported by Award Number P30CA042014 from the National Cancer Institute. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Cancer Institute or the National Institutes of Health."