CBC Leadership Transition
Biostatistical consulting and services are an integral component of the school and campus research success. Much of the recent growth in collaborative services is due to the leadership of John Kittelson, PhD and colleagues within the Colorado Biostatistics Consortium and CCTSI BERD. It is therefore with a great sense of appreciation for his six years of outstanding leadership that the school announces news that Dr. Kittelson has elected to step down as Director of both CBC and BERD.
Under John’s leadership, the CBC’s collaborations stretched across the school and Anschutz Medical Campus and provided valuable research collaborations for health science colleagues and outstanding training opportunities for our students.
“I have had tremendous support from the CSPH, CCTSI, and SOM leadership in developing the CBC as a key part of biomedical research at the Anschutz campus,” states Kittelson. “I want to express my sincere appreciation for everyone’s support, and extend a special ‘thanks’ to Dean Goff and Professor Lezotte for their ongoing help in assuring the continued success of the CBC. I am looking forward to spending more time on my own research, teaching, and to be involved in the development of on-campus infrastructure for the conduct of multicenter clinical trials.”
According to Department of Biostatistics and Informatics Chair Dennis Lezotte, biostatical consulting and collaborative support used to be scattered and difficult for the health sciences faculty to identify and utilize. Yet, soon after joining the faculty, Kittelson established the need, designed an operational plan, and identified the funding strategy to open a dedicated center for statistical consultation.
“With the opening of the CBC and subsequent emergence of the CCTSI grant on campus, John became intimately involved in organizing and managing support for most campus activities that required statistical services,” states Lezotte. “Through John’s prior insights, leadership and dedication, I believe we have a well-established foundation from which the department and its faculty can launch additional support to all the major research programs, clinical investigators and academic units on campus.”
Dr. Lezotte will serve as interim CBC director until a permanent director is appointed. During the interim period the CBC will continue to provide research consulting services and collaboration for campus researchers.
Please join the school in thanking Dr. Kittelson for his years of leadership and contribution to the school, CBC and CCTSI BERD.
David C. Goff, Jr, MD, PhD
Dean and Professor of Epidemiology