Biostatistics and Epidemiology Core

Core directors:
Felicity T. Enders, Ph.D. (biostatistics)
Andrew D. Rule, M.D. (epidemiology)

The Biostatistics and Epidemiology Core is responsible for all statistical, data management and epidemiological aspects of studies in the Mayo Clinic O'Brien Urology Research Center. It serves all major projects as well as pilot projects.

The core is staffed by members of the Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics and the Division of Epidemiology, who have expertise in statistical analysis, data management and study design. Investigators in the Biostatistics and Epidemiology Core have extensive experience in the application of quantitative methods to urologic and kidney problems, including nephrolithiasis.

The objectives of the Biostatistics and Epidemiology Core are to:

  • Provide high-quality consultation to project investigators regarding study design, data analysis and interpretation of results
  • Maintain and extend the existing Olmsted County kidney stone database
  • Develop additional high-quality, linkable databases and quality control procedures for O'Brien Urology Research Center research grant studies
  • Foster and develop junior faculty in the statistical and epidemiological approach to clinical questions in nephrolithiasis

The Biostatistics and Epidemiology Core provides investigators in the O'Brien Urology Research Center with uniform and efficient plans for protocol design, data management, quality control and statistical analysis. Further, core investigators have a broad view of the O'Brien Urology Research Center's goals and functions, which allows them to identify potential new interdisciplinary hypotheses and projects.