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Biostatistics and Epidemiology

About

The Biostatistics and Epidemiology Core (BEC) contributes to the mission of the Children’s Mercy Research Institute (CMRI) by carrying out original research, providing statistics education and research mentoring, and serving the scientific community locally, nationally, and internationally. Areas of expertise include Bayesian statistics, bootstrap methods, epidemiology, latent variable analysis, machine learning, methods for longitudinal and clustered data, and statistical genomics.        

BEC personnel serve as lead investigators in their own lines of research and collaborate with investigators at Children’s Mercy KC and around the world. Recent work includes collaborations with investigators at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Kyorin University (Japan), Makerere University (Uganda), Moffitt Cancer Center, Yale, RAND, University of Pennsylvania, University of Queensland, and Victoria University of Wellington. As part of the CMRI Population Health Area of Emphasis, the BEC is housed on the second floor of the CMRI building along with the Data Science & Informatics group.  

Faculty and Staff

Brian Lee, PhD
Research Faculty
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Janelle Noel-MacDonnell, PhD
Research Faculty
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Ashley Sherman, MS
Biostatistician I

David Williams, MPH
Biostatistician I

Hung-Wen (Henry) Yeh, PhD
Research Faculty
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Vincent Staggs, PhD
Director, Biostatistics & Epidemiology Core
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City