The mission of the Data Science Core of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center (USC Norris) is to provide integrated state-of-the-art biostatistics and informatics support to USC Norris investigators working on all aspects of cancer research from basic science to translational and clinical studies, and cancer etiology to cancer control. The Data Science Core members work with USC Norris investigators on the planning, design, conduct, analysis, and reporting of cancer research studies. Core members also play a key role in clinical trials protocol review and study monitoring at USC Norris.
Scope: The mission of the Data Science Core (DSC) is to provide consultation and support for research project design, informatics, data wrangling, and data analysis for cancer-focused peer-reviewed grant applications, cancer-focused clinical trials, and cancer-related publications. See full list of services above. Individuals requesting services for non-cancer related research should contact the SC CTSI using this link: https://sc-ctsi.org/bbr-consult.
Process: When a request for services is received, DSC leaders will assess the feasibility and time required as well as the turnaround time. The DSC will provide up to 3 hours of free consultation for cancer-related peer reviewed grant applications. Recharge fees will apply when the 3 hours of free consultation is exceeded, or alternatively, the investigator will be asked to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) committing to provide salary support for DSC member(s) in the grant application budget, or budget to cover DSC recharge fees in the grant. Investigators seeking help should contact the Data Science Core:
Publications: It is expected that DSC members providing statistical support be included as co-authors on publications. Informatics professionals who make significant contributions should also be considered for inclusion as co-authors. Acknowledgment of the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center CCSG grant (NIH-NCI grant # P30CA014089) in scientific manuscripts is required when Data Science Core services have been provided.