The Biostatistics Core of UAB's NORC was originally directed by the late Dr. Seng-Jaw Soong. Dr. Soong was an outstanding statistician known as much for his organizational leadership as for his scientific accomplishments. Dr. Desmond served as the associate director of the NORC Biostatistics Core before Dr. Soong’s retirement. Dr. Allison appointed Dr. Desmond as the acting director of the core in June 2005. Subsequently, the external advisory committee appointed Dr. Desmond as the director on May 11, 2006. Other current core members include Dr. David Allison, Dr. T. Mark Beasley and Dr. Young-il Kim.
The Biostatistics Core provides statistical consultation on study design, research proposal development and manuscript submission; provides statistical analyses for NORC projects including statistical genetics, and interfaces with other research cores on the UAB campus; participates in teaching and training activities of the NORC; and develops methodologies for novel experimental designs for members in the field and statistical analyses as needed.
|Table 1. Specialized statistical services provided by the NORC BC|
|Missing data analysis|
|Structural equation modeling|
|Complex sample design|
|Genetic data analysis|
|Epidemiologic analysis of large datasets|
|Longitudinal data analysis|
A full range of statistical software is utilized while maintaining data security and HIPPA compliant operations. An extensive listing of the computing facilities available can be made available upon request.
The Biostatistics Core assigns the highest priority of use to nutrition/obesity-related, peer-reviewed, federally funded research and NORC-approved pilot/feasibility studies. The Cores uses a flexible charge back policy when assisting NORC pilot and feasibility grantees to substantiate extramural research grant applications. Usually, the investigators will be asked to cover as much of the routine charges as possible; however, because funding may not be in hand to fully support the acquisition of preliminary data, the Core will absorb these costs in part if fiscally feasible. The Core will also provide an estimate of the support effort required to accomplish so that the level of support can be properly budgeted.
|Table 2. Rate Schedule: Hourly Service|
|Web system development||$75||$100-$125|
|Renee Desmond, Ph.D.
Director, Biostatistics Core
Department of Medicine
Phone: (205) 934-3722
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 
|David Allison, Ph.D.
Quetelet Endowed Professor of Public Health
Associate Dean for Science
Director, Office of Energetics
Director, Nutrition Obesity Research Center
Phone: (205) 975-9169
Email: email@example.com 
|Mark Beasley, Ph.D.
Department of Biostatistics
Phone: (205) 934-4905
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 
|Young-il Kim, Ph.D.
Department of Medicine
Phone: (205) 934-3679
Email: email@example.com 
- Casazza, K., Fontaine, K. R., Astrup, A., Birch, L., Brown, A. W., Bohan Brown, M. M., Durant, N., Dutton, G., Foster, E. M., Heymsfield, S. B., McIver, K., Mehta, T., Menachemi, N., Newby, P. K., Pate, R., Rolls, B. J., Sen, B., Smith, D. L., Thomas, D., & Allison, D. B. (2013). Myths, Presumptions, and Facts about Obesity. New England Journal of Medicine, Jan 31;368(5):446-54. [doi: 10.1056/NEJMsa1208051 ]
- Shikany, J.; Lewis, C.E.; Beasley, T.M.; Thomas, A.S.; Allison, D.B. (in press). Randomized controlled trial of the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan for weight loss. Obesity.
- Blair C, Morey M, Desmond R, Sloane R, Snyder D, Cohen H, Demark-Wahnefried W. Cross-sectional & longitudinal associations between light-intensity physical activity & physical function among cancer survivors. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. [PMID:23479375]