Welcome to the Department of Biostatistics at Vanderbilt University!

The department was founded in 2003, tasked with the mission of bringing biostatistical expertise to the Vanderbilt community. With the unflagging support of the School of Medicine, and the diligence and creativity of our faculty and staff, we fulfill our mission daily: engaging in cutting-edge statistical methodology research, providing collaborative support and educational resources for biomedical and basic science researchers across the university, and training a new generation of biostatisticians.

Today, more than a decade since our inception, the department stands poised to enter a new era: the era of big data, in which biostatisticians are challenged to expand their skills and knowledge beyond traditional statistical modeling and inference, to the broader tasks of bringing order to enormous quantities of structured and unstructured data, and to find the patterns and make the predictions that support the promise of precision medicine.

We are excited to embrace the opportunities of this new era, and look forward to meeting each new challenge, together.

Yu Shyr, PhD, FASA, FAAAS
Professor and Chair

Department News and Events

Biostatistics Seminar Series Hosts Ying Guo, PhD from Emory University (Posted 2/26/2019)
The Department of Biostatistics looks forward to hosting Ying Guo, PhD, from Emory University to give her talk titled, "New ICA Methods for Brain Network Analysis Using Neuroimgaing Data," on Wednesday, February 27th from 1:30pm-2:30pm in MRB III 1220.

Biomedical Informatics Seminar Series Hosts Our Very Own, Andrew Spieker, PhD (Posted 2/25/2019)
The Department of Biomedical Informatics hosts Andrew Spieker, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, to give his talk titled, " Using Observational Data to Aggregate Evidence of Clinical Efficacy with Information on Medical Costs," on Wednesday, February 27th from 12pm to 1pm in 2525 WEA, Rm 8110.  

CRC Research Skills Workshop on Friday  (Posted 2/11/2019)
This Friday (February 15th)  William Hucke, BS, will present his talk titled, "Big Data Tools for Clinical Research! The Research Derivative & Synthetic Derivative: Accessing Identified and De-Identified Data for Research and Subject Recruitment,"  for the CRC Research Skills Workshop series held from 9:00am to 10:00am in MCN-2422 A&B (CRC Conf Room on the 2nd floor).

Special Seminar Sponsored by VGI and DBMI (Posted 2/11/2019)
The Vanderbilt Genetics Institute and Department of Biomedical Informatics have invited Marylyn D. Ritchie, Ph.D., from the University of Pennsylvania to give her talk titled, "Machine Learning Strategies in the Genome and the Phenome - Toward a Better Understanding of Complex Traits," on Monday, February 18th at 4pm in 214 Light Hall.

Biostatistics Seminar Series Hosts Benjamin Goldstein, PhD from Duke University (Posted 2/11/2019)
This week the Vanderbilt Department of Biostatistics hosts Dr. Benjamin Goldstein from Duke University to give his talk, "Predicting Inpatient Deterioration: From Quality Improvement to Research (A story in 5 Acts)," on Wednesday, February 13 at 1:30pm in MRB III 1220.  Join us!

Biomedical Informatics Seminar Series Hosts Jake Hughey, PhD This Week (Posted 02/11/2019)
Dr. Jake Hughey, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, presents his talk, "Machine learning around the (circadian) clock," on Wednesday, February 13, in  2525 WEA in 8110.  To learn more, click here.

Biostatistics Seminar Series Hosts Xu Shi, PhD This Wednesday (Posted 02/04/2019)
Dr. Xu Shi from Harvard University is scheduled to speak at the Biostatistics Seminar Series on Wednesday, February 6th at 1:30pm in MRB III, 1220.  She will give her talk titled, "Bridging the gap between noisy healthcare data and knowledge: causality and portability."  Please join us!

Registration for the 2019 Regression Modeling Strategies Short Course is now open! (Posted 02/01/2019)
The Regression Modeling Strategies (RMS) short course, taught by Dr. Frank Harrell, runs Tuesday, May 14th thru Friday, May 17th from 9am to 4pm daily and is held in Vanderbilt's Alumni Hall Room 201. This course is intended for statisticians and related quantitative researchers who want to learn some general model development strategies, including approaches to missing data imputation, data reduction, model validation, and relaxing linearity assumptions. An optional R and RStudio Workshop will be presented on Monday, May 13th by Cole Beck.  Breakfast, lunch, and a variety of snacks will be provided daily.  To learn more and to register, click here!

Biostatistics Seminar Series Hosts Li Chen, PhD This Friday (Posted 01/28/2019)
Dr. Li Chen presents his talk, "A Statistical Framework for Predictive Modeling of Microbial Community Data," on Friday, February 1 at 1:30pm-2:30pm  in 2525 West End, 10th Floor VICTR Conference Room.

Medicine Grand Rounds: Luck or No in Immune Disease? Probabilistic Onset and Therapeutic Determinism (Posted 01/28/2019)
Dr. Joe Craft is the Paul B. Beeson Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology) and Professor of Immunobiology; Paul B. Beeson Professor of Medicine; Program Director, Investigative Medicine at Yale School of Medicine and will give his talk, "Luck or No in Immune Disease?  Probabilistic Onset and Therapeutic Determinism," on Thursday, January 31, from 4:00pm-500pm in 208 Light Hall.

Seminars in Personalized Medicine:"Personalizing Care via Machine Learning" (Posted 01/28/2019)
Nigam H. Shah, MBBS, PhD Associate Professor of Medicine in Biomedical Informatics Research at Stanford University School of Medicine will present, "Personalizing Care via Machine Learning," on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 2:00pm-3:00pm in 512 Light Hall.

Biostatistics Seminar featuring Ryan Sun, PhD (Posted 01/24/2019)
The Department of Biostatistics hosts a special seminar featuring Ryan Sun, PhD, from Harvard University.  Dr. Sun will give his talk titled, "Set-based inference for integrative analysis of genetic compendiums," on Friday, January 25th at 1:30pm in the 2525 West End Avenue, 11th Floor Large Classroom (11105).