The Department of Biostatistics has a wide range of collaborative activities, either through the departmental centers listed below, or by having staff and faculty members engaged in research in other university centers. Members of the department provide statistical expertise for the design and analysis of multidisciplinary research projects and multi-center clinical trials. They also provide the infrastructure necessary to conduct these studies, including project management, clinical monitoring, database development, and web-based data entry.
Department of Biostatistics Collaborative Research Centers:
- SABER (Statistical Analysis of Biomedical and Educational Research)
- CSG (Center for Statistical Genetics)
- KECC (Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center)
- Center for Cancer Biostatistics
Other university centers with major collaborative ties with Biostatistics include:
- CSCAR (Center for Statistical Consultation and Research)
- MCRU (Michigan Clinical Research Unit)
- MICHR (Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research)
- ISR (U-M Institute for Social Research)
- STATCOM: firstname.lastname@example.org is a student-led organization that provides pro-bono statistical consulting for governmental and non-profit organizations. Its clients generally do not have the funds to hire a professional consultant, but have information to collect or data to analyze that would help them in making more informed decisions about their operations. STATCOM's mission does not include consulting on projects from nongovernmental or for-profit entities, such as business or academic researchers.
- Professor Michael Elliott on NPR: U-M study links lower MEAP scores to lead exposure. Statcom student Nanhua Zhang (now an assistant professor at the University of South Florida) worked with Elliott, Detroit City epidemiologist and former SPH student Harolyn Baker, and others at the Detroit Department of Health and Detroit Public Schools in a study that that links lead exposure in children to lower achievement on standardized tests. The study is published in the March 2013 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
Research Centers Spotlight
The University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center
(UM-KECC), formed in 1993, has grown into a major research center at the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health with projects in many areas.
Directed by Department of Biostatistics faculty member, Yi Li, UM-KECC carries out a wide variety of epidemiological, clinical, medical outcomes, public policy, and economic research relating to End-Stage Renal Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, and organ transplantation. UM-KECC projects are funded by multiple government and private sources, including Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Renal Research Institute, Department of Veterans Affairs and American Society of Transplant Surgeons.
In 2013, UM-KECC projects totaled almost $6 million in funding.