Task Force on Design and Analysis Traineeship in Oral Health Research Statistics

Call for Applications

The Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research is inviting applications for The Task Force on Design & Analysis Traineeship in Oral Health Research Statistics. These applications can originate at a dental school or other oral-health research institution or at a biostatistics, statistics, or epidemiology department at an institution with a dental school.

Task Force on Design & Analysis

The Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research is a group of biostatisticians, clinicians, epidemiologists, and basic scientists with experience in oral health research and clinical trials. The members and sponsors include individuals from universities, private research centers, government, and industry. The Task Force has its origins in the 1968 Dental Caries Conference co-sponsored by the US Public Health Service (USPHS) and the ADA, which established a standardized method for conducting clinical trials to test the efficacy of products designed to prevent dental caries. The Task Force has two primary goals: 1) To foster and promote the use of sound and innovative methods in the design and analysis of oral health research. 2) To encourage and promote a dialogue among stakeholders in oral health research.

Eligibility

Eligible persons are Masters or PhD students in a graduate program in biostatistics, epidemiology or statistics, who have obtained the participation of a dental school or oral-health research institution. Applicants must have an advisor in their home department and a sponsor in the sponsoring dental school or oral-health research institution. The specific student need not be named, though their level (Masters or PhD) should be specified.

Award

The Traineeship would last one or two years, with the term being specified in the application. Each year of the Traineeship would fund one-half of the usual salary and fringe benefits for a full assistantship in the trainee's home department, with the other half matched by the trainee's home department, the sponsoring dental School or oral-health research institution, or by another suitable entity. The Traineeship will fund up to $20,000 in any one year. Besides salary support, the trainee and their home-department faculty advisor will be invited to Task Force meetings during the Traineeship, with the invitation covering air fare, hotel, and meals, and the trainee would make a presentation at a Task Force meeting drawn from the work of their Traineeship.


Applications -CURRENTLY NOT BEING ACCEPTED

Applications will include:

-- A detailed description of the work to be done by the applicant; suitable types of work are described below under "Suitable projects". This description will be two pages or less. It should specify the particular project(s) on which the trainee will work and the trainee's role(s). If the trainee will provide consulting service, it should describe the likely pool of available projects and whether the trainee will participate in meetings with researchers. If the trainee will teach, it should name and describe the course to be taught and whether it is for DDS or graduate students.

-- A named faculty advisor in the applicant's home department, with a letter of support.

-- A named sponsor in the participating dental School or oral-health research institution, with a letter of support. The sponsor can be a researcher or suitable executive, depending on the nature of the Trainee's work. If the Traineeship is associated with a clinical trial, the sponsor should be the trial's lead investigator at that institution. If the Traineeship's work is providing consulting services, the sponsor should be integral to the dental school's research operation, e.g., the director of its clinical-research center.

-- The total cost of a full assistantship in the applicant's home department, with a breakdown of the fringe benefits; half of this amount is to be funded by the Traineeship, up to a maximum of $20,000 per year.

-- A letter of support indicating the source of funds to match the support from the Task Force. This can be combined with one of the above-named letters of support.

Suitable projects

Work suitable for this Traineeship will consist of either (a) the trainee's integral involvement in an oral-health research project at the sponsoring dental school or oral-health research institution, or (b) the trainee splitting time between integral involvement in an oral-health research project and teaching biostatistics, epidemiology, or statistics to DDS or graduate students at the sponsoring dental school. The following types of research projects would be appropriate, but this list is not exhaustive and applicants are encouraged to be creative: working as a data analyst on a clinical trial; providing consulting services for a variety of oral health research projects; or developing statistical methods to solve a specific oral-health research problem involving datasets that either exist or are being collected. The description of the research project should include a brief description of the facility where the work will take place. A traineeship involving teaching would be most appropriate for a PhD student. An ideal situation would provide the trainee with a MS thesis or PhD dissertation topic.

Selection

Selection of the successful candidate will be made by a committee of the Task Force on Design and Analysis.


Sponsorship

This Fellowship is sponsored by a generous donation from the Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research.

Application Deadline - NOT CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED

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