Harvard School of Public Health
Department of Biostatistics

Cancer Research

Biomedical research in the latter half of the twentieth century has been characterized by the widespread use of quantitative methods. This has been especially true in cancer research where new statistical methodologies have been developed to meet special problems encountered in clinical trials, epidemiological and laboratory studies. In general the methods of biostatistics/statistics have proved to be fundamental in analysis of high dimensional data sets. Recent discoveries of the relation of genetic mutations to disease have reinforced the need to develop and apply methods of biostatistics to the large data explosion about to be triggered by advances in chip technology. The Department is one of the major centers for carrying out clinical trials.