Stuart Gansky, MS, DrPH
|School||UCSF School of Dentistry|
|Department||Preventive & Restorative Dental Sciences|
|Address||3333 Calif. St,Laurel Heights |
San Francisco CA 94143
I am a biostatistician faculty member in the School of Dentistry (DrPH in biostatistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996). I am Director (PI) of NIH-funded UCSF Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health (CAN-DO). Previously, for more than 4 years, I was Director of the Data Coordinating Center for NIH-funded Early Childhood Caries Collaborative Centers at UCSF, University of Colorado Denver, and Boston University.
I am also an Assistant Director of the UCSF CTSI Comprehensive Mentoring Program.
My research concentrates on oral health research, health disparities research, applied statistical analyses and related methodological issues. Balancing these components is essential to successful and practical oral epidemiology research. Methodological examination helps ground health research and build convincing arguments, while collaborative health research generates opportunities for innovative statistical practice and provides challenges for developing ways to solve real world problems.
I play a key role in the NIH funded UCSF Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health (CAN-DO 1 was $11 million and CAN-DO 2 is $24 million). I was PI on an individual R01-type project to study early childhood caries risk prediction methods using knowledge discovery and data mining techniques and PI on a pilot project studying the effects of translation on the readability of informed consent documents. Two papers have been published along with a paper with a student (Anh Ha) from the pilot. Moreover, I was Director (PI) of the Measurement & Evaluation Core and oversaw a group of statisticians and programmers. During CAN-DO 1, I received a California Program on Access to Care grant to extend analyses and disseminate results from the fluoride varnish trial. I was invited to give a policy briefing on children's health in Sacramento. I was an invited speaker at the 2003 National Institutes of Health and National Library of Medicine conference on dental informatics. A book chapter on missing data has been published as well as a paper from the Festschrift for Gary Koch. I am PI of the NIDCR funded CAN-DO 2. Previously I was Director of the Data Coordinating Center (DCC) ($6.7M direct costs over 7 years) for the competing renewal of CAN-DO; NIDCR asked us expand the DCC to coordinate trials at Boston Univ and Univ Colorado Denver (Health Sciences Campus) in addition to UCSF.
Oral health research projects have included a series of studies examining dentin, bonding, and tissue engineering; studies of chronic pain conditions including temporomandibular disorders (TMDs), widespread body pain (WBP) in young women, and rheumatoid arthritis; caries risk assessment studies (3 on early childhood caries and 2 on high risk adults); and tobacco cessation interventions. For these projects, I designed research studies, developed and performed analyses, and coauthored publications (11 published and 1 in preparation related to dentin, bonding and tissue engineering; 10 published and 3 in submission or preparation about TMDs/WBP; 12 published and 4 in submission or preparation about early childhood caries; and 8 published and 1 in submission about tobacco cessation/prevention). I focus mostly on projects relating to health disparities.
Although much of my research involves statistical applications, I have also researched some methodological issues. In 2007, I was awarded an NIH/NIDCR R03 grant on to extend methods to estimate confidence intervals for health disparity indices (ratios or other functions) in complex sample surveys, develop and distribute related software, and to report results and association models from the 2004-5 California Oral Health Needs Assessment of Children after multiple imputation of missing data. The first paper in Am J Epidemiol provided free software on the CAN-DO website and another appeared in Community Dentistry & Oral Epidemiology, focusing on health literacy measures. Others papers have been submitted. This work helps build capacity at UCSF.
Thus, my research has included a variety of applications with statistical and methodological aspects. Integrating these components along with additional biological and behavioral knowledge and directing students and mentoring junior colleagues will continue to be vital for my research program to be effective.
Health Disparities, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Clinical Trials, Cluster Randomized Trials, Group Randomized Trials, Prevention Trials, Early Childhood Caries, Dental Caries, Health Literacy, Pain, Temporomandibular Disorders, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
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