The Biostatistics Core addresses the multifactorial nature of geriatric conditions, including the co-occurrence of multiple predisposing and precipitating factors, and advances the science of clinical decision making in the face of trade-offs and multiple competing outcomes by developing and applying innovative statistical designs and analytic methods and by training the next generation of investigators in these methods.
The specific goals are to:
- collaborate with Pepper Scholars, Pilot and Exploratory Core investigators, the Operations Core, and investigators of external projects to achieve the mission of the Yale OAIC in promoting the understanding and treatment of multifactorial geriatric conditions;
- develop new and sound methods that address the challenges of designing and analyzing studies in basic, translational, and clinical geriatric/aging research, with special emphasis on introducing statistical methods from other disciplines;
- train the next generation of statisticians, epidemiologists and junior investigators in Gerontologic Biostatistics research methods specific to studies of multifactorial geriatric health conditions.
The primary objective of the Biostatistics Core is to provide state-of-the-art design and analytical services to investigators conducting studies that advance the Yale OAIC theme of multifactorial geriatric conditions.
The Biostatistics Core develops and disseminates new design and analytical techniques for conducting studies with older adults through Development and External projects, and trains clinical investigators, biostatisticians, and epidemiologists in the skills necessary to design, conduct, and analyze aging research studies.