department of biostatistics

Members of the Biostatistics Department have collaborated and consulted with investigators from virtually every department and unit on the UNMC campus. These activities have covered the gamut of health sciences including: cancer, transplantation, infectious disease, geriatrics, anesthesiology, nursing, dentistry, genetics, endocrinology, pulmonology, and health services research.

In addition, the Department is a chief collaborator in the Children's Oncology Group, an NCI-funded cooperative cancer group of over 240 institutions in North America and Australia specializing in the study of pediatric malignancies. Biostatistics Department members direct statistical activities in the Group's research in Soft Tissue Sarcomas, Retinoblastomas, Wilm's Tumors, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and other concerns in pediatric cancer.

The Biostatistics Department provides a wide array of services and is best employed during all phases of study conduct. Early involvement produces efficient study design and can help anticipate and avoid many practical obstacles to the conduct of good science:


  • Review background and rationale
  • Identify endpoints and covariates
  • Design experiments and surveys
  • Estimate sample size and calculate power
  • Develop data collection instruments and database tools
  • Write statistical component of grant/research protocol and IRB application


  • Process, store and retrieve data
  • Monitor accrual
  • Provide quality control
  • Conduct interim analysis
  • Assist with continuation/stopping decisions


  • Conduct statistical analysis
  • Assist with interpretation of results
  • Recommend presentation methods
  • Author statistical analysis component of manuscripts

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Contact Biostatistics Dept.
Department of Biostatistics
UNMC College of Public Health
984375 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4375

Mary Morris, Department Assistant
Phone: 402-559-4112
FAX: 402-559-7259