Biostatistics and Epidemiology Research Design Program

The Biostatistics and Epidemiology Research Design Program (BERD) provides a central location for investigators to seek research design and analysis support through the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute. It links investigators with multidisciplinary faculty members and experts in various methodological techniques including biostatistics, epidemiology, qualitative data techniques, measurement and evaluation in health related research. This program also assists students and young investigators to access basic and advanced graduate classes in research design, data acquisition and management, and data analysis that are applicable across the entire spectrum of clinical and translational research. The main goals of BERD include:

1. Serving as an early point of contact for investigators to facilitate their research, whether stand-alone or multidisciplinary.

2. Providing investigators with high-quality research design and analysis assistance for their grant applications. We also conduct monthly studios (third Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) with lunch, where three BERD faculty members meet with researchers in small groups for almost one-to-one discussions of the attendee’s research.

3. Providing investigators with assessable access to statisticians for basic statistical questions. We hold weekly Open Office Hours with a BERD member on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m in CTRB 5211.

3. Act as a liaison to ensure that the educational needs in both quantitative and qualitative methods, individually tailored to students and young investigators are met.

4. Develop and adopt new methodology as needed for specific clinical and translational research.

Program Services

Data Analysis

BERD offers data analysis services for clinical and translational science studies. The service is provided as a collaborative effort among BERD faculty. Data analysis is available for:

  • Funded grants where the budget includes a component for data analysis by a faculty member who is listed at a level of 10% FTE or higher.
  • Other analytic needs for projects that have not made a commitment for BERD faculty to do the analysis as a Co-Investigator. The presumption is that the data management will have been done in cooperation with BERD, and that the analysts will receive the data in a form ready for analysis.

Qualitative Research Collaboration

BERD is developing a Qualitative Research Collaboration to link researchers conducting health-related research with experienced qualitative researchers from across the UF campus when study designs (including mixed methods) call for qualitative research components.

Faculty with expertise in qualitative research from several disciplines welcome the opportunity to discuss and develop collaborative partnerships with both novice and experienced health-related researchers and contribute to the development and implementation of qualitative research methods during the project design phase.

The goal is to develop collaborative partnerships between health-related researchers and those with qualitative expertise in the design and implementation of research projects by being actively involved in the project from conception to conclusion.

Study Design

BERD offers study design services for all proposed clinical and translational work, including grant applications. This is primarily a joint effort of the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy and the Department of Biostatistics, in association with the CTSI and the Departments of Epidemiology and Statistics.

We can help you set up your study in terms of refining your objectives into testable hypotheses, choosing a study design, providing you with a data analysis plan, and completing a sample size/power analysis. Although we do not get directly involved in data management, we work closely with you to ensure that your data will be compatible with the analytic needs of the study.

The primary goal of the CTSI BERD Program is research collaboration, not merely technical consultation. We welcome the opportunity to forge long-term collaborative arrangements with clinical and translational researchers where ultimately, we can contribute to research questions and develop new methodologies in your field. We are especially interested in helping promote research careers for young investigators.

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Program Contacts

Director: Peihua Qiu, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Biostatistics

Wei Xue, PhD, 352-294-5919,
Susmita Datta, PhD, 352-294-5923,