The Victorian Centre for Biostatistics (ViCBiostat) has the core aim of building the discipline of biostatistics in Victoria and Australia, primarily by fostering the careers of a new generation of biostatistical leaders. We aim to develop an integrated program of methodological and collaborative research around a group of postdoctoral-level biostatisticians, as well as providing seminars and training activities in biostatistics.

Our focus is on methodological research and high-level training of professional biostatisticians but we also emphasise collaboration and translation with the ultimate aim of improving the population’s health through high-quality research.

The centre was established by a Centre of Research Excellence grant from the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC), with funding for 5 years from 2012. ViCBiostat is led by six senior academic biostatisticians (see people) from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI), Monash University and The University of Melbourne. It is a virtual centre that consists of a collaboration across these three locations; all of our postdoctoral biostatisticians are employed by one of the institutions with funding from the grant.

Read about our background for more detail on the rationale underlying ViCBiostat and an outline of the research themes on which we are working.