The mission of the Department of Biostatistics is to promote clinical, translational and
laboratory investigations through the further development and creative application of statistical science including interfaces
with biology, medicine and information technology.
Well-designed and well-executed studies provide the best opportunity for the advancement of clinical, translational and laboratory research. Our highest priority is the design of investigational clinical protocols and experiments that meet these criteria. To ensure that investigators have access to uniformly high-quality, innovative statistical science for clinical trials design, we use an internal peer review system. This process, which is sanctioned by the institution's senior leadership, requires that all clinical protocols designed at St. Jude be reviewed and approved by the Protocol Review Committee (PRC) of the Department of Biostatistics. In addition to clinical and translational investigations, we are actively involved in the design and analyses of laboratory-based experiments, including genetics and genomic studies. We are the Operations and Biostatistics Center (OBC) for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium (PBTC).