Health Science Center establishes department of epidemiology and biostatistics


Reflecting the importance of measurable analysis in every area of scientific discovery, the Health Science Center has created a department of epidemiology and biostatistics in its School of Medicine, and has appointed Brad H. Pollock, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor and chair.

Dr. Pollock headed a center of the same name in the School of Medicine. The change to department status reflects the Health Science Center’s institutional commitment to this area of the research enterprise.

“The move to a department is recognition of the key role that epidemiology and biostatistics play in every area of research, and it reflects what other health science centers nationwide are doing,” said William L. Henrich, M.D., M.A.C.P., dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs. “Dr. Pollock is well known among Health Science Center investigators and nationally and internationally, and he is the right person to lead the expansion of our initiatives in this field.”

Dr. Pollock came to the Health Science Center in 2001 from The University of Florida. His particular research interests are cancer epidemiology and prevention research, and he has pursued studies in these areas for 19 years. He is working closely with researchers from the Health Science Center’s Children’s Cancer Research Institute, the department of pediatrics, the department of medicine and many other Health Science Center departments and centers, and plays a major leadership role in the San Antonio Cancer Institute, a National Cancer Institute (NCI) cancer center that is a partnership of the Health Science Center and the Cancer Therapy and Research Center.

In 2005, Dr. Pollock was appointed to the Adolescent Young Adult Oncology Progress Review Group, a collaboration of the NCI and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The group has developed a national agenda for adolescent and young adult cancer treatment and survivorship research.

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