University of Washington School of Public Health
On any given day, you might find Arthur Baines (MS, Biostatistics ’13) engaged in analyzing an observational study of children who are living with cystic fibrosis (CF). Or he may be assisting in some other aspect of a clinical trial for a new CF therapy. Cystic Fibrosis is one of the most common lung diseases in children and young adults.
Baines is a biostatistician at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, where pediatric diseases and investigational therapies are studied. He is part of a team at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Development Network Coordinating Center, which is based at the Institute’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research.
“All of the studies I work on are in the CF disease setting,” said Baines, noting that he has “looked at an eradication protocol for MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), and another clinical trial investigated the role of antioxidant supplementation in reducing systemic inflammation.”
Baines juggles his time between contributing to protocols for new studies, handling documentation review and data analysis to produce study reports, and communicating with other medical researchers and biostatisticians about ongoing studies.
Having worked as a Research Assistant at the Collaborative Health Studies Coordinating Center, a non-profit within the UW School of Public Health that runs epidemiologic studies and clinical trials with research teams from the Departments of both Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Baines gained valuable, practical experience.
At a recent career day on the UW campus, Baines participated as a panelist and was asked how best to prepare for a job after graduate school. “If you want to work in clinical trials,” he said, “learn SAS.” The software is routinely relied upon for advanced analytics. Baines continues to support a variety of clinical trials, all aimed at solutions to improving children’s health.
(By Laura Cooley)