Data Analysis

The Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) key function provides support in the areas of biostatistics, epidemiology and research design to CCTS researchers. Services include consultations on study design for clinical trials, community-based participatory research, and population-based (epidemiologic) studies, and quantitative data analysis. These services are provided to support pilot studies, grant submissions, and publications. In addition, BERD members review protocols; the optimal time to seek input on a protocol is before it is submitted to the CCTS for a formal review.

The target audience of CCTS researchers for these services includes:

  • Investigators seeking CCTS pilot funding for translational projects.
  • Students doing research projects in CCTS education programs.
  • Investigators utilizing CCTS services to seek extramural funding for translational projects.

BERD Faculty & Staff Expertise:

  • Heather Bush – injury prevention, women’s health, health outcomes, registries, longitudinal data
  • Richard Charnigo, PhD – cardiology, mixture models
  • Richard Kryscio, PhD – clinical trials in the neurodegenerative diseases; secondary data analysis in longitudinal studies of aging
  • Arnold Stromberg, PhD – statistical bioinformatics, microarray data analysis, multivariate statistics
  • Emily Van Meter – cancer, clinical trials
  • Catherine Starnes – osteoarthritis, in-vitro and in-vivo experimental design and data analysis, longitudinal data

What should I bring to my first consultation?

Data Analysis

Data analysis support is available for most quantitative data analysis methods. In addition, the BERD is available to support in creating effective graphical summaries of project data.

For longitudinal studies, summary reports and executive summaries can be produced at regular, predetermined intervals.

Authorship will be addressed on case by case basis. However, in most cases, co-authorship is indicated for data analysis support beyond consultation. In all cases, the CTSA grant number must be cited!

Final materials (e.g. analysis plans, tables and figures, analytical write-ups) will be provided based on timelines and goals established at the initial consultation. Research is an iterative and ongoing process, so materials will be stored and maintained through project completion.

Support for secondary data analysis is available within the areas of clinical interest for each BERD member. Additional support is available through partnership with the Applied Statistics Lab and through faculty referrals. To request a consultation, submit a CCTS Service Request Form.