The Clinical Data and Analytics (Tissue Bank) Department was established in 2004 to provide statistical support to the clinical and research staff of Scott & White, Texas A&M Health Science Center, and their affiliates. The staff is comprised of PhD and Medical Doctors who consult with investigators and the IRB on study design and provide study results; and a data management on specimens, who designs data forms, keys study data and maintains close contact with study coordinators and research assistants.
Tissue Bank will be most beneficial to the PI when they are involved before the study or experiment is designed. Tissue Bank and the committee will meet with investigators in the early stages of the development of a research study to discuss the design. This includes estimating required sample size, storage protocols and the statistical methodology to be used in the study data.
Data managers will consent patients that will allow use to collect there tissue and store it. Completed forms are keyed into a secure database, and the keyed data is passed through several quality assurance steps to ensure completeness and accuracy of study data.
Researchers and Research assistance will perform the data analysis using the protocol necessary for that study. Written reports are provided describing the analyses with tables and figures. For peer-reviewed articles, statistical sections to describe the study design and analysis methods are provided. Guidelines for determining co-authorship can be found at the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.