Biostatistics Center celebrates 20th anniversary
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the MGH Biostatistics Center,
which was founded in 1986 with David Schoenfeld, PhD, as its director
to provide statistical support for clinical and laboratory research at
the MGH. Biostatistics involves the theory and application of techniques
for describing, analyzing and interpreting health data from research studies.
Since its founding, the center has grown to its current staff of 26 (shown
at right) and has formed collaborations with many other hospital
departments — including the Clinical Research Program, the Mallinckrodt
General Clinical Research Center, the Institute for Health Policy and
the Cancer Center. Members of the center have lent their expertise to
research projects in a wide variety of fields — such as endocrinology,
cardiology, psychiatry, cancer, HIV/AIDS, neurology and trauma.
"MGH is a great place for biostatisticians because of the exciting
research carried out by our clinical and laboratory investigators,"
says Dianne Finkelstein, PhD, of the center. "We are happy to contribute
to many of the hospital's largest clinical research programs."
The Biostatistics Center will celebrate its anniversary with a special
celebration to be held in June. For more information about the center,