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Biostatistics plays an important role in preparing study results for both presentations and papers focusing on medical research. The Department of Biostatistics at IU School of Medicine can provide concise presentations of descriptive and inferential research results using graphs and tables. Biostatisticians also contribute the statistical methods section and often is a key player in the interpretation of the results.

The school’s Department of Biostatistics is structured to continually improve the scope and quality of a collaborative research program in all areas of health-related research that ultimately leads to better health for Indiana and beyond. The department is developing innovative methodology that improves the design and analysis of research studies to better address scientific questions, especially those raised in collaborative research. This department also provides excellent teaching and an outstanding environment that prepares learners to become biostatisticians skilled in solving real-world problems.

Authorship for members of the biostatistics team should be based on the accepted criteria of most journals. These criteria generally cite both study design and statistical analysis as intellectual input sufficient for authorship. Monetary support, either as salary support on grants or reimbursement for time, does not preclude or replace authorship.

Education Programs

Education Programs

The Department of Biostatistics offers MD program electives and a short courses for researchers as well as graduate and postdoctoral-level programs.
Research

Research

Pursuance of excellence in methodological research is a central mission of the Department of Biostatistics. To fulfill this mission, biostatistics faculty members strive to maintain an active methodological research program.
Services

Services

The biostatisticians and data managers in the Department of Biostatistics play a collaborative role in participated research studies. Support services available include data and protocol development as well as budget development and more.
16
Faculty
2011
Became a Department of IU School of Medicine
6
Adjunct Faculty
Wanzhu Tu, PhD

Wanzhu Tu, PhD

Professor of Biostatistics
Wanzhu Tu’s work concerns modeling of specific biological processes. Dr. Tu is interested in developing new analytical tools to improve the understanding of pathophysiology and etiology of common diseases.
Ying Zhang, PhD

Ying Zhang, PhD

Professor, School of Public Health
Dr. Zhang’s statistical/biostatistical methodology research includes nonparametric and semiparametric inference, panel count data analysis, survival data analysis, joint modeling of survival and longitudinal data, clinical trials, statistical computing and data mining.

Committed to Excellence in Health Research

The Department of Biostatistics serves the Indiana University School of Medicine as well as the School of Public Health and seeks to continually improve the scope and quality of a collaborative research program in all areas of health-related research that will ultimately lead to better health for Indiana and beyond. The department is developing innovative methodology that improves the design and analysis of research studies in order to better address scientific questions, especially those raised in collaborative research. The team also provides an outstanding environment that prepares learners to become biostatisticians skilled in solving real-world problems.

Walk-in Clinic

The Department of Biostatistics holds a no-cost, weekly walk-in clinic. A biostatistician is available to provide brief consultations on study design, sample size and power calculations, data analysis advice, interpretation of results and statistical software. No reservations are required. This clinic is provided by the IU School of Medicine Department of Biostatistics and the Indiana CTSI Design and Biostatistics Program. The clinic is held in the Rotary Building (Room 130)—typically on Mondays from noon to 2 pm. If more in-depth (or potentially fee-based) support is needed, a biostatistician can guide researchers to the appropriate person.