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Statistical Analysis of Research Data (SARD).

Recent advances in cancer biology have resulted in the need for increased statistical analysis of research data. The Statistical Analysis of Research Data (SARD) course will be held on January 22-23, 2014 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the Natcher Conference Center, Balcony A on the Bethesda campus. SARD is designed to provide an overview of the general principles of statistical analysis of research data. The course will be taught by Paul W. Thurman of Columbia University. The first day will feature univariate data analysis, including descriptive statistics, probability distributions, and one- and two-sample inferential statistics. The second day will feature bivariate data analysis including bivariate statistics, linear regression non-parametric tools and goodness of fit tests. The participation of NIH clinical and postdoctoral fellows is encouraged.

Location and Times

  • Bethesda campus – Natcher Conference Center, Balcony A
  • This is a 2-day course (Jan. 22-23, 2014)
  • The sessions are held 9:00 AM –  5:00 PM
  • A lunch break will occur from 12:00 NOON – 1:00 PM

Course Materials


Paul W. Thurman, MBA – Biosketch (pdf)

Columbia University

Organizing Committee

W. Douglas Figg, Pharm.D.

Terry Moody, Ph.D.

Jonathan Wiest, Ph.D.

Related Training Opportunities

This course is part of an ongoing training curriculum for NCI clinical and postdoctoral fellows. Each fall CCR offers the “Translational Research in Clinical Oncology (TRACO)” course, hosted by Dr. Terry Moody. Another course, "Demystifying Medicine" is held each spring. This course provides 2 hours of lecture each week (January – May) and is hosted by Dr. Irvin M. Arias. To learn about additional training opportunities at NIH, visit

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