The Biostatistics Shared Resource of VCU Massey Cancer Center plays a vital role in supporting research at the cancer center. Faculty members in the BSR are essential collaborators with each of the research programs. The mission of the BSR is to promote excellence in cancer research by providing outstanding biostatistical support and collaboration to Massey members.
The defining attribute of this BSR has been to provide biostatistical support to the cancer center researchers beginning in the initial experimental design stage and continuing through all phases, to the presentation of research findings and, ultimately, in the submission of scientific publications. Biostatisticians also participate in the oversight of cancer center protocols in the PRMS and monitoring committees. The emphasis on the collaborative nature of the work of this shared resource has been a major factor in optimizing its effectiveness, resulting in support from peer-reviewed grants.
In addition to collaboration at all levels in research projects and grant applications, faculty members of the BSR also contribute through methodological research that applies directly to programmatic research at Massey and in training of investigators through seminars and individual sessions. The BSR also trains postdoctoral scientists and clinical fellows through the clinical research and biostatistics training track.
The functions of the BSR and its synergy with the cancer center are presented in the diagram below.
Functions of the Biostatistics Shared Resource