Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Research Design

The CTSC BERD comprises experts in epidemiology and biostatistics across the CTSC's Partner Institutions. They provide a shared infrastructure of epidemiological and biostatistical resources to support CTSC researchers in three key areas:

  1. Development of optimal study designs and statistical analysis plans for study protocols: BERD experts provide free support for the development of research protocols submitted to funding agencies. Support typically includes development of an appropriate study design, statistical analysis plan, and corresponding budget for statistical support. When an investigator requests protocol development support, a BERD member will contact the investigator to discuss the availability of BERD support within 48 hours of the request. Requests made less than 4 weeks in advance of a deadline are not guaranteed to receive BERD support.
  2. Development of novel study designs and statistical methods that can be applied to translational research: BERD experts in statistical modeling, medical imaging, health outcomes research, informatics, statistical genetics, and genomics develop collaborative relationships with CTSC researchers interested in developing novel methodologies or statistical analysis tools. These collaborations often address problems that lack off-the-shelf solutions and accelerate movement along the 'discovery pathway' from laboratory to improved human health.
  3. Educating and mentoring early stage investigators (basic scientists, clinicians, epidemiologists, and biostatisticians) in study design and statistical analysis: Through a variety of seminars, workshops, and courses, BERD experts educate early stage investigators in topics ranging from study design to statistical analysis. BERD experts also mentor early stage investigators both informally (via office hours) and formally (by serving as advisors on thesis committees or named mentors on career development awards).

To learn more about CTSC BERD experts at each of the three CTSC Partner Institutions, please visit the following websites: