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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.