- Message from the Acting Director, Purushottam (Prakash) Laud, PhD
The Division of Biostatistics at MCW was founded in 1993 with Dr. John Klein as its Director. He led the Division for twenty years until he passed away suddenly on July 20, 2013. Under his watch, the Division established a new PhD Program in Biostatistics and grew from three full time faculty members to eleven. Fifteen students have graduated from the program with doctorates and currently eight are pursuing the degree full time. The faculty are engaged in extensive collaborative research with biomedical scientists across the College and beyond. Their methodological research spans the areas of survival analysis, Bayesian methods, longitudinal models, clinical trials, observational studies, statistical genetics and comparative effectiveness research. Dr. Klein has left the legacy of a strong Biostatistics unit at the College.
On September 1, 2013 Dr. John Meurer, Director of the Institute for Health and Society, appointed me as the Acting Director of the Division. In this role, I see it as my duty to make the transition to new leadership as smooth as possible without losing any ground, especially in the strong areas of the Division – research and graduate education. Along with senior faculty in the Division – Dr. Meijie Zhang and Dr. Brent Logan – I will be assisting Dr. Meurer in a national and international search for a Director to take leadership as early as July 1, 2014.
The Division will also host an International Conference on Survival Analysis in Memory of John P. Klein, June 26-27, 2014. Please look for details in the next few weeks and months as they take shape. I hope you will find this of interest and will participate in the conference.
If I can be of assistance to you in my transitional position, please feel free to contact me by email or telephone.
Purushottam (Prakash) Laud, PhD
Professor and Acting Director
Division of Biostatistics
- Mission Statement
The mission of the Division of Biostatistics is three-fold. First, the Division provides basic biostatistical support to the Medical College of Wisconsin’s community of Biomedical Researchers. This mission is met through our faculty and staff’s work on a wide range of collaborative research projects at MCW, Marquette University, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Zablocki Milwaukee VA Medical Center, the National Marrow Donor Program in Minneapolis, The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, and the University of Minnesota. The Division actively supports collaborative research through its Biostatistical Consulting Center which serves several hundred investigators a year.
Second, the Division is committed to quality research in statistical methods. Division faculty have an international reputation for their work in survival analysis. Much of this work is supported by funds from the National Institute of Health. Other research areas are Bayesian statistics, missing data analysis, statistical imaging, multiple testing, statistical genetics and cluster data analysis.
Finally, the Division has a major commitment to its PhD program in Biostatistics. Students in this program receive a rigorous training in statistical methods and they gain valuable experience in collaborative research through their consulting activities.
- Our History
The Division of Biostatistics is one of the programs part of the Institute for Health & Society and was formed in 1993 as one of three divisions of the Health Policy Institute (also known as the Department of Population Health until June 2010). At that time the Division consisted of Professor John Klein as director who came to MCW from The Ohio State University, Professor Raymond Hoffmann, who was the only statistician in the Division of Clinical Biostatistics, Professor Tim McAullife who had been the MCW cancer center statistician and Professor Mei-Jie Zhang who was visiting the International Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.
The Division has since grown to eleven full-time faculty:
Prakash Laud, PhD in 1994
Brent Logan, PhD in 2001
Tao Wang, PhD in 2002
Sergey Tarima, PhD in 2005
Aniko Szabo, PhD in 2007
Ruta Brazauskas, PhD in 2008
Kwang Woo Ahn, PhD in 2008
Jennifer Le-Rademacher, PhD in 2009
Rodney Sparapani, PhD in 2013
Anjishnu Banerjee, PhD in 2014
In 1994, the Division started offering a terminal masters degree program in Biostatistics replacing the old masters in clinical biostatistics. The first graduate of this program was in 1995. Since its inception there have been 12 graduates of this program.
In 1996, a PhD program in Biostatistics was approved for study. This program combines theoretical work in statistical methods with applied experience in collaborative work. It is a joint effort with the statisticians in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 2001, Youyi Shu and Jingtao Wu became the first two awarded a PhD degree in Biostatistics.
- Biostatistics Annual Reports
- PhD Program in Biostatistics
The PhD Program in Biostatistics was established in 1996 and is designed to train students in biostatistical methodology, theory and practice. The first PhD was awarded in 2003 and since then there have been 13 PhD degrees awarded. Graduates upon graduation are employed in faculty positions at major universities, in industry and in government.
The program typically involves four to five years of study. Students take courses in biostatistical methods at both the applied and theoretical level in their first three years. Students also take required electives in a biological area. All students are given a fellowship for the first 18 months of study and are typically employed year round as research assistants after their fellowship. All students write a thesis with one of the Biostatistics faculty. This thesis involves original statistical research that can lead to publication in the biostatistical literature.
- Biostatistics Consulting Service
The Biostatistics Consulting Service provides comprehensive statistical consulting and data entry services to clients inside and outside the Medical College of Wisconsin.