Center for Biostatistics
The Bassett Research Institute Center for Biostatistics provides study design assistance and data analysis in support of the overall mission of the Bassett Research Institute. The center collaborates with all divisions of the Bassett Research Institute, as well as various other departments of Bassett Healthcare Network.
Director & Staff
The center is directed by Paul Jenkins, Ph.D. Dr. Jenkins completed his doctorate in statistics in 1993. The staff of the center consists of a junior research investigator/statistician (Melissa Scribani, MPH) and research informatics analyst (Nicole Krupa, BS). Center staff are proficient in a variety of database platforms and data management software, including MS Access, RedCap, and the EPIC electronic medical record system. All statistical analyses are performed using the SAS system.
Services provided by the center include writing methods and analysis sections of grant proposals, comprehensive data management, statistical analysis, interpretation of study results, database building, assistance with developing experimental designs, sample size estimation, manuscript writing and review, and drafting graphic materials for poster and podium presentations. Center staff also mentor students and colleagues in statistics and research methods.
The center maintains more than 35 large databases relating primarily to research in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, health behaviors, and orthopedics. Center staff also conduct analyses on large national and state databases including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Examination Survey (NHANES), the Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System data (SPARCS), the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS), the National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB), among others.