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objectives of the training grant are to educate promising pre- and postdoctoral
students to be biostatistical scientists in cancer. The term biostatistical
science refers to the use of the methods of statistics, probability, computer
science and mathematics to increase our knowledge and understanding of
biomedical phenomena. The course of study for predoctoral students includes
probability, statistics, and computing. All students are required to take
a concentration in courses related to cancer. There is a close relationship
with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where many of the students are in residence.
During the first and second summer periods in the program, predoctoral
students are involved in a special program which allows them to participate
in the research activities of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. After
the first summer, many of the students take up residence at the Dana-Farber
Cancer Institute and continue their projects. One of the goals for the
program is to enable the pre-doctoral students to carry out dissertation
research on new statistical methodology. Nearly all of the dissertation
research is on methods related to cancer research. The postdoctoral students
may be those who have completed a doctorate in statistics or biostatistics
who are carrying out postdoctoral research on cancer related activities
or doctoral recipients from another field who generally attend courses
the first year and start their postdoctoral research the second year.
The postdoctoral students are closely involved with the practice of biostatistics
in cancer and are in residence at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The general aim
is to train a fully rounded biostatistical scientist who will make contributions
to both the theory and practice of biostatistics. A prime objective is
to train biostatisticians capable of scientific leadership who can carry
out independent methodological research.
and tuition support for this training program is funded through a National
Institutes of Health grant (T32 CA09337).