Division of Pediatric Epidemiology & Clinical Research

Dr. Logan Spector

Logan Spector, PhD, Professor & Division Director, Division of Pediatric Epidemiology & Clinical Research

The Division of Pediatric Epidemiology and Clinical Research improves the health of children through research in the etiology, prevention, treatment, and outcomes of childhood diseases.

We are comprised of individuals with training and expertise in epidemiology, genetics, molecular biology, pediatric obesity medicine, pharmacology, biostatistics, pediatrics, and methodology. Examples of current research projects include:

  • Molecular epidemiology studies of leukemia, hepatoblastoma, myelodysplastic syndrome, rhabdomyosarcoma, germ cell tumor and osteosarcoma
  • Exposure assessment in neonatal blood spots
  • Pharmacotherapy and weight loss surgery studies in youth with severe obesity
  • Mouse models in relation to exposure-disease relationships relevant to pediatrics
  • Dietary intervention in pediatric cancer survivors
  • Bias in studies of pediatric disease
  • Database development and analysis in collaboration with other divisions within the department

Members of the division are affiliated with the Division of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health and the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota.

Education & Training

We offer a Research Fellowship in Translational and Genomic Pediatric Cancer Epidemiology. This training program emanates from the University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics and the Masonic Cancer Center. It provides opportunities for both pre- and post-doctoral students to enhance their research training and experience in translational pediatric cancer epidemiology.


Investigators in the Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Research conduct many research studies across a broad range of specialty areas.