Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Research Design

Program Description

The goal of the SCTR Biostatics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) program is to provide methodological expertise to translational researchers. We assist SCTR pilot project investigators and K awardees, help investigators with Research Nexus protocol submissions, assist with grant submissions (e.g. sample size estimation, statistical analysis planning), and collaborate on manuscripts.

Multidisciplinary and translational research demands adherence to the highest standards of study design and statistical analysis, so a structured interplay between these components is fundamental to successful outcomes.  By providing access to these tools we hope to transform institutional research design activities into an efficient and cohesive program dedicated to advancing clinical and translational research.


The Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Research Design Services include:

  • Biostatistical Services
  • Data Analysis
  • Power Analysis / Sample Size Calculation
  • Methodology/Study Design



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Examples of Requests for the BERD Program

The SCTR Biostats Program receives multiple requests for services every week.  Some examples of the services requested include:
  • Sample size/power estimation
  • Analysis of preliminary data for a grant
  • Developing analysis plans
  • Assistance with manuscript preparation
  • Grant review
  • Survey Design
  • 1-on-1 didactic teaching
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BERD Activities

In addition to all requests submitted by research teams, BERD is also responsible for:

  • Reviewing all Research Nexus protocols
  • Reviewing SCTR Pilot Project Proposals
  • Interacting with BERDs at other CTSA Institutions (conference calls and face-to-face meetings)
  • Activity Reporting

Recent Presenations

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Paul Nietert, PhD
Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology