Maria Lorenzi

Biostatistician, BC Cancer Agency

Since completing my MSc in 2005, I have been working as the project statistician in the Childhood, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivorship (CAYACS).

CAYACS is a program at the BC Cancer Research Centre, where scientists and researchers perform basic, epidemiological, and clinical research on cancer prevention, early diagnosis of cancer, the molecular and genetic characteristics of the cancer process. The CAYACS program also explores long-term effects of treatment among the growing population of survivors of cancer diagnosed before age 25 in BC. I am currently researching the risk of severe health conditions as identified in hospital discharge records in long-term survivors of brain tumors, non-Hodgkins lymphoma and Ewings sarcoma.

My responsibilities include managing large data sets created from merging administrative databases, planning and executing statistical analysis and assisting in the preparation of posters and manuscripts for presentation. I have also had the opportunity to oversee graduate students in a variety of disciplines: epidemiology, education, health services research, and, of course, statistics. I have derived great satisfaction from working with these students from the conception to the completion of their projects. I also enjoy building productive working relationships with the clinicians involved with my program