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The Biostatistics Unit at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research supports investigators in the design, implementation, data management, statistical analysis, and publication of basic science and clinical research studies. The team applies statistical and mathematical methods to the analysis of research data and develops new methods to address complex research problems.

Additionally, members of the department teach biostatistics, epidemiology, and research study design to faculty, fellows, residents, medical students, and other staff throughout the organization and its affiliated medical schools. The Biostatistics Unit is unique in that it is one of only a handful of biostatistics departments in the U.S. that is administratively part of a healthcare system that is not a medical school or university.

The importance of biostatistical support in biomedical research is recognized by the medical community, as well as funding and regulatory agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other disease-oriented foundations. For these reasons, the Biostatistics Unit plays an essential role in the grant application process. The department’s contributions to NIH grant applications over the past several years have been an important factor in the funding of many of those grants.

Members of the Biostatistics Unit are routinely authors or co-authors on many scientific publications and presentations. Papers are presented by staff at a variety of scientific and statistical meetings.