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.

Professor and Chair

Department News and Events

Biostatistics Recommended Lectures and Seminars (Posted 1/13/2019)

  • Wednesday, 1/15 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, 2525 West End 8110:
    • Catie Chang, PhD. - Biomedical Informatics Seminar: “Mining fMRI Signal Dynamics”
  • Friday, 1/17 9:00 am - 10:00 am, MCN S2422 (CRC 2nd Floor Conference Room):
    • Edie W. Wear, Learning Consultant -  CRC Research Skills Workshop: “Clinical Trials Charge Reconciliation Process: Tools and Guidance”

Dates announced for 2020 CQS Summer Institute (Posted 11/26/2019)
The 2020 CQS Summer Institute will take place from August 3-7 and August 10-14, 2020. More information about course offerings and registration will be available in spring.

Workshop on New Methods in Neuroimaging Data Analysis (Posted 10/03/2019)

Please join us in Nashville for the Workshop on New Methods in Neuroimaging Data Analysis on Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 8:30am to 5:15pm. This satellite meeting will be held prior to the Eastern North American Region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society annual meeting. This workshop will focus on discussing various new and emerging methodology or techniques in neuroimage data processing and analysis, consisting of lectures by experts in the field of neuroimage data processing, analysis, and poster sessions. The main goal of this workshop is to foster interaction among researchers and their trainees in the field for fruitful future collaboration.

DBMI Seminar Featuring Dr. Frank Harrell (Posted 09/16/2019)
Professor Frank Harrell will give a talk for the Biomedical Informatics Seminar series on Wednesday, October 2nd at noon in 2525 West End Avenue, Suite 800, Room 8110.  His talk is titled, "Musings on Machine Learning in Health Care."  The objectives of this talk are to learn the distinction between statistical models and machine learning, to be able to characterize problems where one approach is likely to work better, and to understand clarification versus prediction.  We hope you can attend!

Biostatistics Seminar Series Hosts Donna Spiegelman (Posted 09/16/2019)
Please join us as Dr. Donna Spiegelman, the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Biostatistics at the Yale School of Public Health, presents her talk titled, "From measurement error to implementation science methods-Career errors or well-executed implementation?" on Wednesday, September 18th at 1:30pm in MRB III, 1220.  

Monthly Statistical Computing Series (Posted 08/20/2019)
This Friday, August 23rd from 1:30pm-2:30pm in Room 11105 (11th Floor) of the 2525 West End Ave building, we will host Shawn Garbett as he gives his talk titled, "API Construction for Scalable Delivery of Model Prediction using R and the Plumber Package."  This is part of the Monthly Statistical Computing Series and you can learn more by clicking here.

Biostatistics Weekly Seminar Series starts back up on August 21st (Posted 08/01/2019)
The Vanderbilt Department of Biostatistics will once again start up its weekly seminar series on Wednesday, August 21 hosting Ronald L. Wasserstein, Executive Director of the American Statistical Association (ASA).  Each semester we offer weekly seminars featuring internal and external speakers with expertise in biostatistics, quantitative sciences and data science from 1:30pm-2:30pm in MRB III 1220.  You can find the complete schedule here.