Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania


Core D: Biostatistics Research Support Core

The primary function of the Penn-SRP Center’s Biostatistics Research Support Core is to enhance the productivity of SRP investigators by providing them with access to a team of biostatisticians who have experience with biostatistical methodology and their application to biomedical and environmental research studies.

Through the specific aims described below, the Biostatistics Core will insure that SRP-related studies will have high quality study designs and statistical analysis plans that will provide a solid foundation for their statistical inferences.

  1. To provide biostatistical expertise in the design, data collection, data management and data analysis needs of the Penn SRP Center projects.  Members of the Biostatistics Core have been actively interacting with project investigators in each project to select efficient study designs and sample sizes that are adequate to address study objectives, and to establish the protocols necessary to guarantee data quality, security, appropriate approaches to the statistical analysis, and interpretation of study results. Statistical analysis critical in the evaluation of research hypotheses will be performed and appropriate statistical models will be developed as specified by the research objectives of the Penn SRP Center studies.
  2. To support with investigators to prepare tables and graphs, to draft statistical sections of project manuscripts, and consult on research designs for subsequent studies generated by Projects 1-6. To improve the quality of reporting and maximize the scientific and community impact of the research findings generated in this superfund proposal, we will follow the recommended research reporting guidelines for animal, genomics, or biomarkers study to ensure completeness and transparency.
  3. To support the education goals set by the Interdisciplinary Training Core in the Penn SRP Center. The Director of the Biostatistics Research Support Core will work with the leaders of the Interdisciplinary Training Core to identify key training area in biostatistics and provide resources such as lectures or course that facilitate basic training in biostatistics among trainees.  When appropriate, the Biostatistics Research Support Core will participate journal clubs, laboratory meetings, and provide general biostatistical consultation services for the trainees in the Penn SRP Center. 

Core Personnel

Wei-Ting Hwang, PhD, Core Leader


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