Biostatistics Shared Resource
The Biostatistics Shared Resource, under the direction of Dr. Hao Wang, is the hub for the design and analysis of clinical research studies within the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCCC). The shared resource supports investigators to ensure that study designs, data management, and analyses of study use state-of-the-art methods that provide an accurate and reproducible summary of the study results, including associated uncertainties, and to help SKCCC researchers garner peer-reviewed funding.
Services include provision of statistical designs, analysis plans, and information infrastructure for laboratory, clinical and translational research, and population studies at the SKCCC. Faculty and staff consult and provide expertise in multiple areas, such as study design, data analysis, grant preparation, manuscript preparation, education, IT applications to support research, protocol review, protocol writing, study monitoring, and data management and sharing.
For consultation or to pursue collaborative projects, please submit a support request.
Biostatistics Support Request Form
Please contact the Biostatistics Shared Resource as early as possible before your deadline.
Please be aware of the following guidelines:
|Time Frame for Requests|
|Abstracts||We generally need at least three weeks. If it is less than three weeks before the deadline, we may be able to assist with some simple summary statistics; however, we cannot guarantee more complicated analyses, such as multiple variable analyses.|
|Grants||The Biostatistics Shared Resource typically needs at least one month of active collaboration with investigators for new single-project grant submissions. Multi-project grants, such as SPOREs and program-project grants, require considerably more time (four months, at least), given the amount of coordination these require. If it is a re-submission, we need at least three weeks to improve your score.|
|Manuscript Preparation||The Biostatistics Shared Resource requires a minimum of four weeks from when an appropriately formatted data set has been submitted to conduct analyses and summarize results and methods for inclusion in manuscripts.|
|Protocol Preparation||The Biostatistics Shared Resource requires a minimum of three weeks to prepare the statistical considerations (including study design; arranging for randomization, if appropriate; and analysis plans).|
|Other Consultations||We will help you with consultation on other tasks as appropriate. Again, the more lead time we have, the better we can assist you.|
|FDA-Approved Analysis Pipelines||Custom pipeline development requires FDA approval for clinical application and will take at least a year to develop. This will allow our staff to create a rigorous pipeline that meets our standards for automation and reproducibility.|
Without adequate lead time, the likelihood that we can provide helpful statistical support diminishes. On a case-by-case basis, The Biostatistics Shared Resource may decline requests that arrive too close to the deadline for us to provide anything useful. Please also consider that more complex designs or analyses will require more time.