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Our Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) group provides investigator support in biostatistics. We are available to collaborate with any investigators needing assistance, including faculty members, post-docs, fellows, residents and students. The focus of our support is at the launch of research, during the critical design and initial implementation phases, with the expectation that resources for the continued involvement of methodologists will be provided by the projects as they transition to funding and execution.

Biostatistics Drop-in Clinic

Bring us your statistical and methodological questions about research projects that are ongoing or being planned, manuscripts in progress, responses to peer reviewers and published articles. All are welcome - don't forget your laptop.

When & Where:
Time changes will be posted on the events page; please check for updates

Weekly on Mondays from 10am - 2pm
The Edge of Chaos (Lister Hill Library, 4th floor) 
Weekly on Wednesdays from 11:30am - 1pm 
Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies (PCAMS - 1924 7th Avenue South)

One-on-One Biostats Design Consultation

In support of pilot & feasibility projects, we also offer appointments for one-on-one design consultations Tuesdays through Fridays 8:30 - 11am. A team of methodologists, including experts in epidemiology, biostatistics, and statistical genetics are available to collaborate in the design of pilot proposals as well as in their review. If other methodological expertise is required in the project design, we will recruit the required expertise. Fore more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact CCTS Research Commons.

Pilot Study Design: Important Considerations

"Design of Pilot Studies" by David Redden, PhD, Vice Chair, Department of Biostatistics

Design and analysis of pilot studies: recommendations for good practice (Lancaster, et al. 2004. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 10, 2, 307–312)

A tutorial on pilot studies: the what, why and how (Thabane, et al. 2010. BMC Med Res Methodol. Jan 6;10:1. doi: 10.1186/1471-2288-10-1.)

The role and interpretation of pilot studies in clinical research (Leon, et al. 2011. Journal of Psychiatric Research 45, 626e629)

BERD Enrichment & Methods Development Webinars

"The Fundamentals of Data Management," by Dr. David Redden, PhD, Vice Chair, Department of Biostatistics, UAB.

"REDCap and Study Data" by Emily Mixon, MPH, as part of the UAB CCTS Research Seminar Series, UAB

"Methods Seminar in Outcomes Research" by Andrew Auerbauch, MD, MPH, Professor, University of California at San Francisco

"Case-Control Studies" by Russell Griffin, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, UAB

For other video resources, visit the CCTS YouTube Channel.