Biometry

The Biometry Shared Service (BSS) at The University of Arizona Cancer Center brings together expertise in biostatistics, clinical trials, epidemiology, applied mathematics, statistical computing, and database applications.

BSS personnel have wide-ranging involvement across Cancer Center research activities, including clinical translational, basic, and population-based research. Bostatistical collaboration and consultation have been provided for investigators in each of the five Cancer Center Scientific Programs. The BSS is active in all phases of study design, operation, data management, statistical analysis, and manuscript preparation. Provided services include: 1) protocol development; 2) review of Cancer Center protocols; 3) data analysis and reporting; 4) statistical database applications; 5) data services and computer programming; 6) education and training; and 7) statistical consultation and collaboration.

Biostatisticians from the BSS are members of the Scientific Review Committee which reviews Cancer Center patient protocols before activation to ensure appropriate scientific content.

Recruitment activities in Biometry are enhancing the breadth of biostatistical support of Cancer Center activities, allowing the fostering of the philosophy that productive research requires high quality biostatistical collaboration. Biometry faculty have had significant success in attracting funding for biostatistics-related Cores in a number of long-term research projects in the Cancer Center; and in addition, BSS biostatisticians serve as co-investigators on numerous other funded studies. Collaboration of Biometry personnel with Cancer Center investigators on the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of cancer studies continues to enhance the quality of the research.

Services Offered

  • Protocol Development
  • Protocol Review
  • Data Analysis & Reporting
  • Database Application
  • Data Services
  • Computer Programming
  • Education
  • Training
  • Statistical Consultation
  • Active Collaboration (on clinical, translational, basic, and population research studies)

Philosophy

  • Encourage investigators to use this important shared service 
  • Foster true collegial environment where
    • Investigators view Biometry as an intellectual resource
    • Biometry provides active collaboration on studies
      (conception, design, implementation, analysis)
  • Support essential biostatistical input into protocols, plus Scientific Review Committee protocol review
  • Support general biostatistical consulting activities
    (e.g., grant & clinical trial development, study design, data analysis)
  • Consulting develops into longer-term collaborative research
  • CCSG funds:
    • Only a fraction of the total effort in biometry
    • Catalyze development of independent funding,
    • Plus the essential biostatistical role in Cancer Center studies
  • Successful Biometry Shared Service as essential to Cancer Center studies:
    • Planning, design, study operation
    • Analysis, interpretation, data presentation 

Future Plans

  • Ensure adequate expertise available to provide full support for the wide range of Biometry services required to maintain the highest quality of cancer research activities.
  • Respond to Arizona Cancer Center initiatives - e.g.,
    • Gene microarray & proteomics
      (in collaboration with Bioinformatics Shared Service)
    • Imaging
    • Enhanced clinical trials activity
      (targeted treatment, prevention, translational research)

Planned Recruitments

  • Faculty-level statistician
  • Masters-level biostatistician to support Biometry Cores of various Program Projects that have separate Biometry funding
  • Senior database specialist to work as a liaison with investigators and biostatisticians to facilitate data analyses and automate analysis tasks