The mission of the Biostatistics Core at Meyers is to provide in-house methodological and statistical support for faculty research and faculty-mentored student research projects. Through collaborative consultations, we provide support for research design, analysis, data visualization, and manuscript writing. The Core will also offer workshops and training open to all members of the Meyers community.
Services offered by the Core include:
- Grant preparation/proposal writing
- Assisting with operationalizing research questions, refining study design
- Selecting appropriate statistical methods, consistent with the project’s data, intent, and goals
- Developing analytic plans
- Power/sample size calculations
- Performing analyses
- Data analysis
- Interpretation of statistical results
- Organization of findings in tables and written summaries
- Publication development
The Biostatistics Core does not provide support for data collection or data management. The exception to this is the review of data sources during the tool-up phase of a project (e.g. reviewing the accuracy of test data during REDCap development phase). Grant-funded projects utilizing the Core are expected to include FTE allocation for statistical support in the project’s budget, with the amount determined by project scope and needs. Exceptions to this are in-kind support for career development awards (e.g., K-awards) and mentored student research. In-kind support is subject to availability.
How to engage with the Core?
Researchers in need of statistical support are encouraged to engage with the Core early in their research process. Researchers submitting grants to pre-award can indicate the need for statistical support when completing the Grant Initiation Form as part of the pre-award process. Support for all other projects can be initiated by completing a support request form. After completing the form, an initial consultation will be scheduled with the investigator to discuss project needs, timeline, and budget considerations.
Jason Fletcher, PhD
Director, Biostatistics Core