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Training Program in Biostatistics for Breast Cancer Research.

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Final rept. 11 Jul 94-10 Jul 98

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The current training program terminates in the summer of 1998. We had originally planned to develop a training program in biostatistics for cancer research for submission to the National Cancer Institute Task 9. However this plan was delayed by the loss of the grant Principal investigator and Biostatistics Core Director Dr. Kim, who was recruited by the University of Wisconsin in the summer of 1997. This was a setback but the program continued to provide high quality training and research in biostatistics applied to breast cancer problems under the leadership of Dr. Little. Two of the most outstanding graduate students produced by the Department of Biostatistics in recent years, Daowen zhang and Huayun Chen, were supported by the Training Grant and have gone on to assume tenure-track positions that involve cancer research as part of their responsibilities. Two other very promising Trainees, Mr. Gong Tang and Mr. Lang Li, have passed the Ph.D. Part I Qualifying Examination and are starting their dissertation research. One of these students will continue to be supported in the Cancer Center as a Research Assistant in 1998-99. A national search was conducted for Dr. Kims permanent replacement as Director of the Cancer Center Biostatistics Core this year, and Professor Jeremy Taylor accepted the position in June. Professor Taylor is currently Professor in Residence at UCLA and has extensive experience in cancer and AIDS research at UCLA One of his priorities when assuming the position will be to further develop ties between the Biostatistics Department and the Cancer Center at Michigan, and to write an NIH training grant for Biostatistics in Cancer Research. The experience gained from the current training grant will be invaluable when that proposal is developed.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Statistics and Probability

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