Members of the Center have advanced training in biostatistics, including multivariable regression analysis, survival analysis, factor analysis, and econometric analysis techniques, among others.
The Center provides consulting services for a wide array of investigators across medical specialties, and is notable for merging statistical know-how with practical, clinical knowledge. This is important, because statisticians without a medical background may lack the necessary clinical experience to recognize how a statistical problem fits into the bigger clinical picture. Moreover, this disconnect may lead to communication difficulties between clinical investigators and non-clinical methodologists.
In consulting on a new statistical problem, members of the Center select methods in concert with clinically-oriented discussions with the primary investigators. In this manner, statistics is used not only as a theoretical tool to analyze complex information, but also to help translate this information into clinically-relevant, actionable data. Examples of statistical consulting services offered by the Center include:
- Sample size calculations
- Statistics analysis of randomized clinical trial data
- Database analysis
- Statistical analysis of survey results
- Survival analysis of longitudinal data
- Programming in SAS or STATA