Faculty members at North Carolina State University and Duke University School of Medicine participate in the training program and are available as preceptors for trainees. Trainees are assigned an inter-institutional mentorship team consisting of a biostatistician mentor at NCSU, with responsibility for guiding academic progress; a biostatistician mentor at DCRI, with responsibility for overseeing collaborative experiences; and a clinician mentor, who serves as a resource for experiential training in CVD science and research. A biostatistician "mentor-in-training," who is one of several Assistant Professors with less than 4 years experience, will augment most teams, assisting the biostatistician mentor, and will serve as a role model close in professional age to the trainees themselves.
Andrew S. Allen, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at Duke University. Dr. Allen's biostatistical research focuses on developing new statistical methodology for mapping complex disease genes using linkage disequilibrium methods. This work is related to and motivated by DCRI projects on genomic and proteomic issues and the genetic substudies of several DCRI CVD clinical trials in which Dr. Allen is involved.
Huiman X. Barnhart, Ph.D., is Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at Duke University. Dr. Barnhart joined the DCRI in 2003 after 11 years on the faculty at the Department of Biostatistics in The Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, where she directed 4 PhD students. Her extensive experience in longitudinal studies and randomized clinical trials in CVD inspired her research on methods for multivariate random length data such as number of multiple stenosis and percents of the multiple stenosis in a trial assessing impact of a cholesterol lowering drug on progression of coronary artery disease. Her current research focuses on methods for assessing agreement among methods, devices, or observers in medical studies. She is recently directed the dissertation research of 1 PhD student at NCSU.
Dennis D. Boos, Ph.D., is Professor of Statistics at NCSU. Dr. Boos is a noted statistical methodologist who has made significant contributions to foundations of statistical inference, to the theory and practice of bootstrap and permutation methods, and to methods for model selection. Much of his research has focused on important problems arising in the analysis of multi-center trials. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and has directed the doctoral dissertation research of over 20 students.
Marie Davidian, Ph.D., is William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Statistics at NCSU and Adjunct Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at Duke University. Dr. Davidian is internationally-recognized for her research in longitudinal data analysis, pharmacokinetic analysis, and clinical trials. She has served as Coordinating Editor and Executive Editor of the journal Biometrics, a primary outlet for biostatistical methodological research; in leadership roles in the ASA and the International Biometric Society; and on advisory committees for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health. She has served as doctoral dissertation advisor to 25 students and is a Fellow of the ASA, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Davidian serves as Director of the training program, overseeing academic aspects at NCSU and coordination of all joint NCSU-DCRI activities.
Elizabeth DeLong, Ph.D., is Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at Duke University, Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, and Co-Director of the Outcomes Research and Assessment Group at DCRI. She is a leader in the field of outcomes and quality-of-care research, bringing more than 20 years of biostatistical, clinical research, and bioinformatics experience to the DCRI. Dr. DeLong is the lead statistician for in the DCRI Outcomes Group and has served as mentor for numerous DCRI biostatisticians and physician-scientists, the latter through her role in the Duke Clinical Research Training Program. Dr.DeLong serves as Co-Director of the training program, overseeing all DCRI activities.