Leading in research and practice

Our Department of Biostatistics is recognized as a worldwide leader in research and practice. Members of our faculty are interested both in the development of statistical methodology and application of statistics in applied research.

Our Recent News

Assistant Professor Dr. Michael Love was part of a team of researchers who were awarded $9.25 million to study DNA variants that may contribute to common diseases. Read more.

Dr. Michael Love
Michael Love, PhD

Coronavirus Affects Everyone: The Department of Biostatistics Responds

While the world was learning a hard lesson this past year about the speed with which a pandemic can spread, it also was seeing how rapidly effective testing, treatments and protocols can be developed when the biomedical research community comes together in search of solutions. Gillings Biostatistics faculty members have played key roles in those critical advances in many areas - from designing master protocols, to investigating treatments, to conducting statistical research on optimal end points for clinical trials, to modeling the spread of the disease itself. And others are actively working with interdisciplinary teams to help society prepare for the next pandemic – because what we can say with certainty is that there will be one. The world of biomedicine is clearly moving quickly, and Gillings biostatistics thought leaders are engaged and contributing, every step of the way.

An illustration from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals the basic form of the virus blamed for the outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.

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Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center (CSCC)

Many of our faculty and students work at the Department’s CSCC, which has a 50 plus year distinguished history as a pioneer in clinical data management, implementing remote data entry on a national project in 1986 (the first NIH coordinating center to do so), followed by a web-based data management system in 2001 and updated since to permit real-time reporting, tracking, editing, and querying of data. CSCC projects span the clinical areas of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease, chronic lung disease, nutrition and obesity, periodontal disease, kidney disease, mental health and child health. Visit our CSCC website.