Seciton of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Director: Margaret R. Karagas, PhD
The Section of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, housed within the Department of Community and Family Medicine, works closely with the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC). It conducts research on etiology of and prevention strategies for chronic diseases, such as cancer and osteoporosis, on prevention of childhood tobacco and drug use, and on statistical methods in biomedical research. In addition to contributing to Dartmouth Medical School's undergraduate and graduate education, the Epi-Bio Section advises Dartmouth's scientific community on technical issues in the conduct of biomedical research.
Mission of the Section:
The Section seeks to advance the fields of epidemiology and biostatistics by supporting a broadly based research program. The program includes clinical trials of chemoprevention agents, case-control and prospective studies of cancer risk factors, pooled analyses of multinational epidemiological data on cancer occurrence, analysis of Medicare data on fractures in the elderly, qualitative research on dying, evaluation of school and community-based cancer prevention programs, and statistical research to improve longitudinal study design and lessen measurement error. The Section also supports teaching of epidemiology and biostatistics in the College and Medical School, as well as the provision of statistical and epidemiological consultation to researchers throughout the Dartmouth community.