Biostatistics Shared Resource (BSSR)

The Biostatistics Shared Resource (BSSR) works collaboratively with investigators to provide analyses, computational methods, models and algorithms. Whether conducting basic, translational or community-engaged research, BSSR offers support from concept development to the publication of results and design of subsequent research. BSSR is located in the Division of Biostatistics in MCW's Institute for Health & Equity. Division of Biostatistics faculty have wide-ranging expertise to support the development of novel statistical methods for analyzing biomedical data.

Biostatistics Shared Resource


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

Location and Hours of Operation

M-F from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
All appointments are virtual at this time. 


Data Safety

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.

Contact Us

Paul L. Auer, PhD