Biostatistics Research

Methodological Research

The pursuit of excellence in methodological research is a central mission of the Department of Biostatistics. Faculty members fulfill this mission by maintaining on-going research programs. Our faculty have continually published innovative methodological work in both theoretical and applied statistical journals, including the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Biometrika, Biometrics, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, and Statistics in Medicine. Faculty members have also served on the editorial boards of top-tier statistical journals.

A notable characteristic of our methodological research program is its alignment with and integration to the cutting-edge endeavors of modern medical science. Analytical methods that our faculty developed have led to exciting scientific discoveries, as well as improved care quality and outcomes. With support from the National Institutes of Health, our faculty members continue to develop innovative analytical tools to better serve the needs of biomedical research. These achievements have led our program to develop a strong national reputation for innovation, especially in the development of statistical models for real problems.

Our research program is diverse, and faculty interest covers a wide spectrum of methodological areas. Research areas of current faculty members include design and analysis of clinical trials, longitudinal and survival data analysis, categorical data analysis, semi-parametric and nonparametric regression, Bayesian analytical methods, joint modeling, high dimensional data analysis, causal inference and observational data analysis, functional data analysis, statistical computing, statistics education, and psychometrics. Our faculty also have strong track records in analysis of and various forms of “omics” data, as well as “big” medical record data, including record linkage methods, and classification methods.

Department of Biostatistics Published Research

Collaborative Research

The Department of Biostatistics faculty have varied interests and experience in collaborative research pursuits that have led to longstanding relationships with collaborators within IU and across the world. Faculty in the Department of Biostatistics have served as PIs on global AIDS studies, such as the International epidemiology Database to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA) and published first author manuscripts in Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, sexually transmitted infections, as well as Huntington disease. The Department of Biostatistics maintains ongoing collaborative relationships with researchers working in aging research, cancer, cardiology, dentistry, endocrinology, gastroenterology and hepatology, geriatrics, internal medicine, neurology, psychiatry, nursing, veteran’s affairs, pediatrics, and many other disciplines. Our primary collaborative mission is to expand the scope and quality of our collaborative research program in all areas of health-related research and ultimately improve the health of Indiana and beyond.