The Biostatistics and Data Science (BDS) Core provides CFAR investigators with statistical consultation and collaboration for exploratory investigations and proposal development, and data management and informatics expertise for research planning.
The Core Director is Dr. Pamela Shaw, Associate Professor of Biostatistics. Dr. Susan Ellenberg, Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania, is the Core Co-Director.
Dr. Alisa Stephens, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania, is a Core Investigator. Mr. Chris Helker, Director of Clinical Data Management at Penn’s Clinical Research Computing Unit, is the Core representative for data management needs.
Drs. Shaw and Ellenberg, together with Core Investigator Dr. Alisa Stephens, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, and a supporting data analyst, provide consultation and collaboration on study design and analysis issues requested via the Core. Drs. Shaw, Ellenberg, and Stephens all have substantial experience and expertise in designing, conducting and analyzing data from clinical trials as well as laboratory studies and observational studies. Dr. Shaw’s ongoing statistical research program addresses the analysis of data that include error-prone or misclassified covariates, such as exposures and outcomes derived from the EHR, and/or outcomes in HIV-related epidemiological and clinical investigations.
Every attempt will be made to link investigators with statistical collaborators who have particular expertise in the methods relevant to the types of data to be generated in their study; other faculty and research staff may become involved in CFAR projects to provide specialized expertise when needed