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Rush Medical College > Department of Preventive Medicine > Preventive Medicine Sections > Section of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
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Mission Statement

Contribute to the research and teaching mission of the Medical Center

  • Through advancements in biostatistics, epidemiology and medicine
  • By providing biostatistical and data management expertise and resources

The Section of Biostatistics and Epidemiology is comprised of three groups: The Section of Biostatistics, the Epidemiology Group and the Data Management Center.


The Section of Biostatistics works closely with sections in the department and select other groups within the medical center on the development of new research protocols and the analysis of existing projects.
The biostatistics group provides special expertise in:

Study Planning
  • Design
  • Initial power analysis
  • Longitudinal
  • Graphics
  • Survival
  • Time-series
  • Meta-analysis
  • Interim study analysis
Faculty and Staff


Sanjib Basu, PhD, Professor
Imke Janssen, PhD, Assistant Professor
DeJuran Richardson, PhD


Elizabeth Avery, MS, Biostatistician
Tami Olinger, BS, RHIA, Data Coordinator


The Epidemiology Group specializes in two main areas. The first is women's health, with particular emphases on the menopausal transition, psychosocial influences on early changes in cardiovascular risk, and decline in cognitive function as women age. The second is on the promotion of lifestyle changes that enhance cardiovascular health. The section features expertise in the design and conduct of behavioral randomized clinical trials.

Faculty and Staff


Tricia J. Johnson, PhD, Conjoint Assistant Professor
Carlos Mendes de Leon, PhD, Professor


Eileen Fay, RN, Research Assistant
Barabara Mascitti, BS, Project Director
Tami Olinger, BS, RHIA, Outcomes Coordinator
Karla Shipp-Johnson, BA, Project Director
Kelly Vrablic, BS, Research Assistant
Walter Washington, BS, Project Director

Data Management Center

The Data Management Center (DMC) provides for the data management needs of the Department of Preventive Medicine as well as other select projects in the Rush community. The DMC staff has experience in research (randomized clinical trials, cohort studies, multi-site studies) and departmental administrative database systems.

The DMC specializes in:

Initial Grant Start Up

  • Write data management protocols and budgets
  • Design and create printed or electronic Case Report Forms
  • Design, program and maintain databases
  • Create flow charts and protocols of data collection
  • Produce Data Dictionaries and Standard Operation Procedures (SOP's)
  • More as needed

Study Data Collection

  • Assist in randomization process
  • Maintain database
  • Ensure data security
  • Provide data entry
  • Ongoing quality assurance audits and queries
  • Create custom internal/external reports
  • More as needed

Completion of Study/Abstracts/Papers

  • Clean data
  • Create data sets for analysis
  • Assistance with graphics, tables and flow charts for slides/posters/papers
  • Archive Data
  • More as needed
For additional information, or for project requests e-mail or call
Elizabeth Avery at (312) 563-2349,


Gwen Brown, Research Assistant
Tami Olinger, BS, RHIA, Data Coordinator

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