Biostatistics Shared Resource (BSSR)

The Biostatistics Shared Resource works collaboratively with cancer research investigators in providing analyses, computational methods, models and algorithms. In this way, it helps researchers from concept development to the publication of results and design of subsequent research.

The resource’s involvement substantially contributes to advancing research and spans numerous cancer center project areas, including basic, translational and community-engaged research.

Contact

Purushottam Laud, PhD | Director | (414) 955-8781

Biostatistics Shared ResourceLocation and Hours of Operation

Need a short statistical question answered within an hour? Visit the biostats drop-in service!

Free statistical consultations provided by staff biostatisticians from the BSSR.

Cancer center drop-in site. Staff biostatisticians assist cancer center members on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and on Fridays from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Clinical Cancer Center, 5th Floor, Room C5407.  Cancer Center members get first priority for these sessions. 

Drop in services are also available on Mondays from 1-3 p.m. in MEB M3250.  

Services

Biostatisticians specializing in cancer research provide the following:

  • Study designs for clinical trials, survey sampling, laboratory experiments, observational studies
  • Formulation of statistical hypotheses
  • Recommendations and planning of statistical methodology
  • Protocol development
  • Randomization
  • Data monitoring
  • Modeling, analysis and interpretation
  • Manuscript preparation

Equipment

The BSSR has a network of servers and workstations in a secure Linux operating system environment that are equipped with a variety of statistical software. This system is used extensively for data preparation and analysis by BSSR members. In particular, the system contains servers for parallel CPU computing and massively parallel GPU computing. Software includes compilers for C/C++/Fortran, as well as the statistical platforms R and SAS. There are seven Linux CPU servers with a capacity to run 272 processes in parallel simultaneously and one Linux server capable of running processes on 7000 GPU cores simultaneously. The system is designed with automatic nightly backup of all files. Data safety is also enhanced by using redundancy via a RAID system and security is ensured via Linux password protection and encryption.

For more information, please visit the Biostatistics Consulting Service website.

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