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Interdisciplinary Training Program in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Biostatistics

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Grant #: T32 HL083806
Director: Paul Rathouz,
Contact: Whitney A. Sweeney; Phone: 608-262-9184

Trainees Supported: Predoctoral 5 positions

Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics applied to Clinical Trials, Health Services Research, Statistical Genetics and Genomics, all with strong and diverse applications in Cardiovascular Disease

Program Summary:

This is a well-established interdisciplinary research training program (now in Year 8) in cardiovascular and pulmonary biostatistics. The T32 supports 5 predoctoral trainees for a training period that is typically 2-4 years in duration. Participants benefit from training that has evolved from a strong and synergistic relationship between the Department of Statistics and the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Training in the highly-ranked Department of Statistics creates a strong foundation with rigorous coursework in theory and methodology. The Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics builds on this foundation by adding training in biostatistical methodology and collaborative research with internationally known faculty steeped in the university's deep culture of interdisciplinary science. Several of these faculty maintain rich collaborative programs in clinical or basic research in cardiovascular and pulmonary disease.

An additional unique feature of the program is its regular participation by faculty in biomedical informatics. The Department has been home to both biostatistics and biomedical informatics for more than 16 years, and the faculty are deeply integrated and strongly re-enforcing across both areas of application and areas of methodology. This feature provides students with a unique perspective from several areas of quantitative research methodology.

Students gain a breadth of experience through our innovative research rotation system. Each student participates in at least four different research rotations during their tenure on the training grant. The rotations allow students to explore both applied and methodological research with a team of researchers on campus often involving joint participation in student supervision and mentoring by faculty in biostatistics and biomedical informatics. At the dissertation phase of their training, students almost always produce dissertations that are strongly motivated by applications and that also advance methodology.

In addition to the Program Director (Prof. Rathouz) the other Primary Mentors from the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics currently include: Profs. Karl Broman, Richard Chappell, Mark Craven, David DeMets, Ron Gangnon, Sunduz Keles, Christina Kendziorski, KyungMann Kim, Mary Lindstrom, Michael Newton, David Page, Mari Palta, Grace Wahba, Sijian Wang, Brian Yandell, Menggang Yu, and Yingqi Zhao.

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Last updated: June 2014

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