Vanderbilt Department of Biostatistics

Registration for the 2023 Center for Quantitative Sciences Summer Institute is now open. Receive a 20% discount by enrolling before June 1. This year's offerings include a brand-new short course on All of Us, as well as our core curricula on big data, causal inference, and R. Food and parking are included, with sessions hosted at 2525 West End Avenue.

Our April 2023 bulletin includes news of recent publications, upcoming presentations, and more: view the issue.

Our department members also present lectures and workshops around the world. Upcoming presentations: Dandan Liu in Raleigh and Toronto; Jonathan Schildcrout in Raleigh; Panpan Zhang in Boston, Ann Arbor, and Anchorage; Jinyuan Liu in Ann Arbor, Anchorage, Toronto, and Berlin; Kaidi Kang in Montreal; Megan Jones in Toronto; Frank Harrell in Toronto; and more!

Yu Shyr and Dale Plummer at the 2022 retreat


Welcome to the Department of Biostatistics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center!

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, 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, Dr(hc), FASA, FAAAS, FAACR
Professor and Chair


Photo: Yu Shyr and Dale Plummer at the 2022 all-department retreat