Scientific Collaborations

Our faculty members collaborate with scientific colleagues in hundreds of different areas of medical and biological research.

The department is privileged to be part of a large and dynamic community of statisticians and biostatisticians in Seattle. We have strong collaborative partnerships with the UW Department of Statistics, and work closely with departments in the UW School of Public Health and the UW School of Medicine. Faculty, staff and student researchers also collaborate with regional partners at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in its Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division and Public Health Sciences Division, the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, and the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute.

Affiliate Organizations 

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (UW ADRC)

The UW ADRC is one of a nationwide network of 30 research resource centers funded by the National Institute on Aging. ADRCs are major sources of discovery into the nature of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and into the development of more effective approaches to prevention, diagnosis, care, and therapy.

The Data Management & Statistics (DMS) Core provides UWADRC investigators with database and statistical expertise both in the initial project design phase of studies and in later stages, when investigators are preparing manuscripts and performing statistical analyses and interpretations. The activities of DMS Core members facilitate the overall goals of the UW ADRC, particularly in its aim to reduce the burden of Alzheimer’s disease.

Center for Exposures, Diseases, Genomics, and Environment (EDGE)

The Edge Center acts as a nucleus for a wide range of UW grants and programs with missions relevant to gene-environment interactions. It is committed to conducting and communicating science that reduces the burden of environmentally-related diseases through science translation into policy and practice. It uses cutting edge molecular and systems biology to explore how the interactions of genetics, epigenetics and environmental factors contribute to diseases of public health importance. In particular, it is at the forefront of research into molecular signatures (biomarkers) associated with toxicant exposure.

  • Kathleen Kerr, Director, Bioinformatics & Biostatistics Facility Unit, EDGE

The Center for Inference and Dynamics of Infectious Diseases (CIDID)

CIDID provides national and international leadership in computational, statistical, and mathematical research, education and outreach, and public health policy related to infectious diseases and interventions. The Center revolves around 4 major scientific research projects, one software development component, and one policy studies component.

CIDID is a Center of Excellence of The Models of Infectious Disease Agents (MIDAS), an NIH funded collaborative network

Center for Statistical Consulting (CSC)

The Center for Statistical Consulting is a University of Washington approved cost center located administratively in the Department of Statistics. Faculty and graduate students from the departments of Biostatistics and Statistics offer free consulting services through this center. 

Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery (CAVD)

CAVD is an international network of scientists and experts dedicated to designing a variety of novel HIV vaccine candidates and advancing the most promising candidates to clinical trials. It operates on the principle that accelerating progress toward an AIDS vaccine requires the creativity of individual investigators supported by a collaborative approach that emphasizes the sharing of scientific information and the standardization of laboratory techniques and data analysis.

  • Ollivier Hyrien, Director, Vaccine Immunology Statistical Center, Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery

HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN)

The HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) is a worldwide collaborative clinical trials network that brings together investigators, ethicists, community and other partners to develop and test the safety and efficacy of interventions designed to prevent the acquisition and transmission of HIV. HPTN studies evaluate new HIV prevention interventions and strategies in populations and geographical regions that bear a disproportionate burden of infection.

The HPTN Statistical and Data Management Center (SDMC) is housed within the Statistical Center for HIV/AIDS Research and Prevention (SCHARP) at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. UW Biostatistics faculty have been involved with numerous protocol teams, committees, working groups, and other projects.

Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Consortium (IDCRC)

The Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Consortium (IDCRC) and Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Units (VTEUs) work in tandem with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) as a coordinated national and global network of scientific experts working to develop and test vaccines and other therapies to combat infectious diseases. The IDCRC works to advance new countermeasures and approaches to product development, implementing efficient clinical study/trial designs, and supporting exceptional career development and mentoring of future leaders in infectious diseases clinical research. The consortium's collective experience and access to diverse populations give it the ability to evaluate new vaccines and therapies for infectious diseases.

Statistical Center for HIV/AIDS Research & Prevention (SCHARP)

SCHARP provides statistical collaboration with HIV/AIDS and other infectious disease researchers around the world and conducts a complementary program of statistical methodology, computational immunology and virology, and dynamical modeling research. SCHARP collects, manages, and analyzes data from clinical trials and epidemiological studies dedicated to the elimination of HIV/AIDS and other infectious pathogens as threats to human health.