Population Science Research

Population science research at Moffitt Cancer Center involves studying large data sets, survey based research and also lab work.  It includes a variety of fields.  Epidemiology uses data from past studies or lab work to assess a cancer’s potential to occur, grow and spread.  Bioinformatics and biostatistics analyze genomic, drug response, and other data to find targets for new drugs, improve the effectiveness of treatments, and seek new ways to prevent cancer.  Population Science also includes research on quality of life and behaviors that play a part in preventing, causing, or managing cancer.

The Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Department conducts methodological and collaborative research in the areas of biostatistics, computational research in bioinformatics and biomedical data management and integration. 

The mission of the Department of Cancer Epidemiology is to investigate risk and prevention factors for cancer, biomarkers that identify persons at risk, and lifestyle and molecular factors that affect patient outcomes using human populations as the laboratory. 

The interdisciplinary faculty in the Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior (HOB) conduct research related to the prevention, detection, and control of cancer through the study of health-related behaviors, health care practices, and health-related quality of life.