Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Shared Facility (BBSF)

The primary objective of the BBSF is to provide centralized statistical services and collaborative research support for the research projects of the Cancer Center. The specific aims of the BBSF are to: 1) coordinate and manage statistical and informatics activities in the Cancer Center, ensuring that investigators have ready access to statistical consultation and support; 2) provide data analysis for Cancer Center projects using contemporary statistical methodologies; 3) provide statistical consultation on study design and research proposal development; 4) develop methodologies for novel experimental designs and analyses that will enhance the BBSF’s technical capabilities in providing collaborative research support.


  • Services
    • Study design: Sample size and power calculation, Statistical analysis plan
    • Statistical analysis and mathematical modeling
    • Clinical trial design /protocol development
    • Case report form design/ survey instrument design/ database design/randomization
    • Data collection and management
    • Manuscript preparation, oral and poster presentations

  • Expertise
    • Phase I-III clinical trials designs: Continuous reassessment method (CRM); Adaptive design; Bayesian design; Sequential design
    • Mathematical/Statistical modeling: Multivariate analysis; Survival analysis; Categorical data analysis; Longitudinal data analysis; statistical computing
    • Cancer Epidemiology
    • Bioinformatics and “Omic” data analysis: Microarray, Next generation sequencing and Genome-wise association data analyses
    • Data coordinating center/ Multicenter clinical trials operation and management
      • Database design/Case Report Form design
      • Seamless patient screening/randomization/enrollment system
      • Data management/Data Quality Control/Statistical reporting
      • Data entry/web-based system, fax, double data entry
      • Electronic clinical trial management system

  • Current and past services/projects
    • Biostatistics/Bioinformatics Core to support program and center projects:
      • Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Shared Facility of CCC
      • Breast SPORE, Pancreatic SPORE, Cervical SPORE, Brain SPORE
      • UAB Center for Clinical & Translational Science (CCTS)
      • Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (NORC)
      • Skin Disease Research Center
      • Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRTC)
      • Cancer Core Outcomes Research Center and Surveillance (CanCORS) Consortium
    • Multicenter clinical trials/data coordinating center
      • Multicenter Phase II clinical trial of Triple negative Breast Cancer
      • NIAID Collaborative Antiviral Study Group (CASG)
      • Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA)
      • Data Coordinating Center for Benign Prostate Symptoms (CAMUS)
      • Dental Practice Based Research Network
      • NF Consortium
      • COPD Behavioral Data Coordinating Center
    • Bioinformatics support
      • Family genes in breast cancer progression and survival
      • Gene expression profile in brain tumor (GBM) of the UAB Brain SPORE
      • Proteomics and Genomics datasets integration for diabetes and bone research of the UAB Pancreatic SPORE
    • Collaborative research
      • Exercise Intensity, Metabolic Rate & Insulin Sensitivity
      • Reduced Carbohydrate Diet Intervention for Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
      • Death Receptor-mediated Apoptosis and Therapy Strategies in Ovarian Cancer
      • Socio-cultural Influences on Dietary Intake Among Black Women in the Deep South
      • Etiology of Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke

  • Funding policies
    • Collaborative effort paid for by extramural funding
    • Charge back system (fee for service)

  • Contact Information
    BBSF Director: Sejong Bae, Ph.D.
    Phone: 996-6122 or 975-5121
    Location: 647A Medical Towers, 1717 11th Ave. South, University of Alabama at Birmingham