Personnel and Scientific Support
Carol Kruchko, President and Chief Mission Officer (1992 - )
Ms. Kruchko is the founding president of the CBTRUS. She provides the direction, policy, and management services for the CBTRUS. She oversees the production of the CBTRUS Statistical Reports. Ms. Kruchko is a member of the Board of Directors of the Brain Tumor Epidemiology Consortium and currently serves as its Secretary. She has co-authored several articles on brain tumor registration and collaborates with the CBTRUS Scientific Principal Investigator on CBTRUS scientific contributions. She has organized two consensus conferences on the cancer registration of brain tumors and serves on various cancer registry committees. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the International Brain Tumor Alliance. Ms. Kruchko currently oversees the CBTRUS contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Program of Cancer Registries and is responsible for securing and managing grants and contracts for CBTRUS. She works to ensure that cancer collection practices for brain and other CNS tumors incorporate current clinical practices.
Jill S. Barnholtz-Sloan, Ph.D., CBTRUS Scientific Principal Investigator (2012 - )
Dr. Barnholtz-Sloan received a Master of Science in Statistics from the University of Texas in 1995, and a Ph.D. in Biostatistics and Statistical Genetics from the University of Texas School of Public Health in 2000. Dr. Barnholtz-Sloan is a multi-disciplinary researcher trained in biostatistics, population genetics, and human genetics. Her role in team science has been essential for multiple successful multi-disciplinary research projects. She is the Associate Director for Data Sciences at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Associate Director for Translational Informatics for the Institute of Computational Biology at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), where she is responsible for managing Bioinformatics analysis of high throughput "omics" data and implementing and maintaining a translational informatics solution for research. In addition, she is the Director for Research Health Analytics and Informatics at University Hospitals Health System (UHHS), where she helps facilitate access to and analysis of UHHS data to advance health care. She is also the Director of the Cleveland Center for Health Outcomes Research (CCHOR). The goal of the CCHOR is to integrate, innovate, and optimize the use of "big data." CCHOR facilitates access to datasets and helps support analysis to test hypotheses and drive discoveries, facilitating understanding and impact on health. Therefore, she has extensive experience in hypothesis development, study design, and statistical analysis for studies of various phenotypes in humans and animals and analysis of all types of high throughput "omics" data and clinical outcomes. As Scientific PI for CBTRUS, she collaborates on interpreting and disseminating brain and other central nervous system tumor data by producing statistical reports and scholarly publications, presentations, responding to data requests, and helping develop grant applications for scientific utilization of the CBTRUS data.
Quinn T. Ostrom, Ph.D., M.P.H., Research Coordinator (2012- June 2018) Postdoctoral Associate at Baylor College of Medicine (2018 - )
Dr. Ostrom received a Master of Arts in Medical Anthropology in 2010, a Master of Public Health in 2012, and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in 2018 from Case Western Reserve University. She is currently a Postdoctoral Associate in the Section of Epidemiology and Population Sciences in the Department of Medicine, at Baylor College of Medicine. When available, she contributes to the preparation of analyses, manuscripts, reports, presentations, data requests, and publications. Dr. Ostrom is "first author" for the 2019 CBTRUS Statistical Report.
Gino Cioffi, M.P.H., Biostatistician (2018 - )
Mr. Cioffi graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology in 2016 and a Master of Public Health in Biostatistics in 2018. He contributes to the preparation of the CBTRUS analytic data files, data analysis, interpretation, manuscripts, reports and data requests in addition to preparation of presentations and publications for CBTRUS.
Nirav Patil, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., Biostatistician (2019 - )
Mr. Patil received Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune, India in 2010, and a Master of Public Health in Biostatistics from University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, Texas in 2013. Mr. Patil has extensive experience working as a biostatistician at various institutions and co-authored several manuscripts before joining CBTRUS team. Beginning 2019, Mr. Patil contributes to the preparation of the CBTRUS analytic data files, data analysis, interpretation, reports and data requests in addition to preparation of presentations and publications for CBTRUS projects.
Kristin Waite, Ph.D. (2019 - )
Dr. Waite received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Wake Forest University, Bowmen Gray School of Medicine in 1997. She is a classically trained biochemist with training and laboratory experience in cellular signaling, lipid metabolism, molecular oncology, proteomics and genomics. She is currently the Assistant Director, Research Operation, Cleveland Center for Health Outcomes (CCHOR). She collaborates on interpreting and disseminating brain and other central nervous system tumor data by assisting in the production of statistical reports and scholarly publications, and presentations. Dr. Waite also assists in helping develop grant applications for scientific utilization of the CBTRUS data.
Nancy E. Stroup, Ph.D. Consulting Research Director (2000 - )
Dr. Stroup received a Master of Science in Public Health degree in Epidemiology from Harvard University in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Yale University in 1983. From 1983-2000 she served as an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While at the CDC she worked in the Epidemic Intelligence Service and fielded assignments in the areas of cancer epidemiology, public health surveillance, program development, and teaching. She was assigned to the Georgia Division of Public Health as the first state chronic disease epidemiologist in 1993-1998, where she was instrumental in the development of a Georgia statewide cancer registry. She has co-authored papers in a variety of areas including chronic disease epidemiology and cancer surveillance. Dr. Stroup assists the CBTRUS Advisory Board with suggestions to improve the CBTRUS Reports as well as assisting with reviewing drafts.