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CCTS Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) unit

Biostatistical services will be provided through a collaboration between the P30’s Ocular Phenotyping Core (OPC) and the CCTS Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) unit.  The BERD unit is headed by Dr. David Redden and he will assist us with connecting vision science researchers with biostatisticians to assist on individual projects. 

To request biostatistical assistance from the BERD unit please do the following:

1) Fill out the CCTS BERD PDF form.
2) Email that form to the following individuals: (And please include all four so that we can track usage of the service): ccts@uab.edudredden@uab.edutwkraft@uab.edujenniferspears@uabmc.edu







Additional information about the BERD and the statisticans that will likely be providing assistance on our projects are found below:

The CCTS Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Research Design (BERD) unit comprises a multidisciplinary team of expert biostatisticians, epidemiologists, and methodologists. In support of rigorous methodology and scientific reproducibility in clinical and translational research, the CCTS BERD team collaborates with investigators at any stage, from student to senior faculty, across the CCTS Partner Network, pairing expertise with study-specific needs and providing state-of-the-art study design, data management, and statistical analysis. They specialize in supporting studies during the critical design and initial implementation phases, ensuring a successful launch.

The CCTS BERD collaborates with faculty, fellows, and students through one-on-one consultations to enhance federal research proposals, including NIH (R01, R21, K, etc.), NSF, and DOD, as well as non-governmental funding opportunities. Their team offers assistance with manuscript development, including data analysis, graph development, and results interpretation. They offer multiple venues for BERD support including:

  • One-on-One Biostatistics Design Consultation via Drop-In Clinics, Office Hours, and by Appointment (see BERD Trainings for details)
  • Online videos that teach the fundamentals of data science (data collection, data entry and management, design, and analysis)--available on the CCTS YouTube channel
  • Their Kaizen R2T game, which makes mastering the NIH rigor reproducibility and transparency (R2T) requirements fun!
  • Original methodological research applicable to clinical and translational research (see BERD Projects for more examples)

Biostatisticians:

Dr. Robert A. Osler, PhD:  Dr. Oster, a member of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science's Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Unit, has 25 years of experience as a biostatistician.  He has expertise in categorical data analysis, longitudinal data analysis, sample size and power calculations, exact methods appropriate for small sample size estimation, and computational statistics.  Within this core grant, he will provide oversight on all projects and collaborate with vision researchers regarding statistical analysis, data management, and study design. 

Dr. Peng Li, PhD: Dr. Li, a member of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science's Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Unit, has 5 years of experience as a biostatistician. Dr. Li's major research interest includes design, management, conduct, analysis and interpretation of clinical investigations, epidemiologic studies and evaluation research.  He has expertise in the design and analysis cluster-randomized designs and analyses, accounting for non-independence of clustered or paired observations. He has broad collaborative experience with researchers from multidiscipline including clinicians and biologists, involving in study design, power and sample size calculation, data management and analysis. Within this core grant, he will collaborate with vision researchers regarding statistical analysis, data management, and study design.