Biostatistics and Informatics Core
The Core provides support for the biostatistics, informatics, data management and tumor bank activities of the Breast Center under the direction of Susan G. Hilsenbeck, Ph.D..
- The biostatistics component is comprised of three faculty and two MS level statisticians and provides all aspects of statistical services and collaborative research support for the center. This includes study planning, design of clinical trials and microarray expression experiments, assistance with clinical trial conduct, statistical analysis, and report generation for interim analyses, DSMCs, and manuscript preparation.
- The informatics team includes a systems administrator, database administrator, web developer, three application programmers and three desktop support personnel. The informatics component is responsible for maintaining all servers in a local area network, developing centralized relational databases, and providing desktop support to over 120 users in the Breast Center. The web-based Informatics User Request System is available for all Breast Center members to request services provided by the Informatics Component.
- The data management and tumor bank component is comprised of four data management and three tumor bank personnel who provide support services for the biostatistics component and for investigators' research efforts both inside and outside of the Breast Center. The tumor bank personnel accession (check in), process and store human and animal tissues and sera into a secure inventory system, and later distribute tissues as needed. The data management team members work to obtain informed consent from human donors, acquire tissue, perform abstracting and followup activities and maintain databases of all patient-related data.
The Biostatistics and Informatics Core is located on the 3rd floor of the Cullen building and occupies approximately 2,500 square feet.