Department of Biostatistics

Research and Practice

The Department of Biostatistics conducts research in statistical methodology and applications, as well as in fundamental problems of modeling biomedical systems. Much of this research is performed in collaboration with basic and clinical health scientists within and outside UAB.

This section contains information regarding the research and professional projects in the Department of Biostatistics.

The Section on Statistical Genetics (SSG) was inaugurated in March of 2001. We exist within the Department of Biostatistics in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. As such, our overarching mission entails contributing to the fulfillment of the overarching missions of these entities. More specifically, our mission is to advance knowledge in the field of statistical genetics and in the biological, biomedical, and behavioral sciences through applications of statistical genetic methodology.


The Section on Research Methods and Clinical Trials (RMCT) within the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham started in January of 2004. In addition to supporting the missions of the Department and the University, our mission is to advance knowledge in the field of Biostatistics in general and specifically the field of clinical trials and large scale studies.

REGARDS is an important research project that will look at differences in risk of stroke. Participants in REGARDS are being randomly selected from all over the United States.

30,000 healthy men and women will take part in this project.

The Biostatistics Consulting Service provides statistical consulting to medical researchers for small projects and training for the biostatistics graduate student in consulting. Assistance is available in study design, power calculations, plans for data management, quality control, monitoring, statistical analyses, manuscript preparation and writing grant applications. Investigators are encouraged to consult early in the process (i.e. when planning their study), but assistance will be provided at any point in the research process.