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Discovering the causes of cancer and the means of prevention

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program

The Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program (EBP) manages independent and collaborative epidemiologic and biostatistical investigations to identify the distribution, characteristics, and causes of cancer in human populations. Emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary studies in which clinical and/or laboratory components are integrated into epidemiologic research designs (biochemical and molecular epidemiology). Studies are conducted by a series of branches, each with a research portfolio:

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program

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EBP is also developing advanced capabilities to accelerate investigations into the causes of cancer and support data-intensive precision prevention studies through its Data Science Research Group.

Program projects are often national in scope, and some incorporate international components involving evaluation of unique exposures or unusual cancer risks. The findings from many studies have, over time, had significant impact on public health, including, among many others:

EBP offers training opportunities for postbaccalaureate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral fellows, along with visiting investigators from around the world. The Program provides training in the principles and methods of epidemiology and biostatistics and their application to the area of etiologic research in cancer, including multidisciplinary studies. Our major goal is to expand the pool of experienced epidemiologists and statisticians who will apply their expertise to move cancer research forward. Trainees are mentored by senior-level epidemiologists or statisticians, who provide the guidance and advice they need to advance.