The Center for Biostatistics at The Ohio State University provides statistical support to biomedical investigators at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, the Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, the five health sciences colleges, and other investigators throughout and outside the university. Our goal is to improve the quality of research through close collaboration with investigators. Currently the Center for Biostatistics is comprised of a diverse group of biostatisticians and programmers, as well as affiliated bioinformaticians and support staff from the Department of Biomedical informatics.
The Center’s mission is to provide collaborative support in all areas of biostatistical expertise including study design, data management, and statistical analysis of clinical, epidemiological and laboratory research data. Please see our Methods Research page for more details about our current work. For more information about how we collaborate, please visit our Center for Biostatistics policies page.
- In 1996, an interdisciplinary Program for Biostatistics was created through the efforts the Office of Research, the School of Public Health, the Department of Statistics and the Comprehensive Cancer Center.
- In 2000, the OSU Board of Trustees approved a resolution elevating the program to a “Center of Excellence”, administratively located in Health Sciences. Dr. Stanley Lemeshow, former dean of the College of Public Health and director of the Program for Biostatistics, was appointed as the first Center director.
- In 2012, senior leadership in the College of Medicine moved the Center into the Department of Biomedical Informatics, where is it currently housed.
- As part of our expanding collaborations with research groups, the Center formalized an agreement with the Research Institute with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to provide biostatistical support in 2018.
Over the years, the Center for Biostatistics has grown from four full-time biostatisticians to over 25 PhD and Master’s level biostatisticians. In addition, Center members have access to the expertise of affiliated bioinformaticians, faculty, and programmers in the Department of Biomedical Informatics.