Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Consultation

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

What should I bring to my first consultation?


data analysis

Data Analysis

Data Management

Study design

Study Design






For information or questions about BERD services, please submit a Service Request Form or send an email to