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Biostatistical Shared Resource

Through this pilot program, the University of Rochester Department of Medicine is committed to providing biostatistical support to mentored trainees and faculty performing excellent science who do not have current funding available to cover those activities. Trainees need to include their mentor’s name in the request.

The program will start on July 1, 2022. The program supervision is provided by Dr. Robert Strawderman, and statistical analysis will be supported by masters-level biostatisticians, Anita Chen, MS (clinical research); Lu Wang, MS (basic science). Access to the Shared Resource biostatistical support is through a REDCap tool.

Areas of support: 1. Study preparation and pre-study planning. 2. Sample size, power calculations, and analytic plans, 3. Basic statistics, including bivariate analyses (chi-square, t-tests, and ANOVA), multivariate regression (linear and logistic), non-parametric tests, correlations, and basic survival analyses (log-rank tests, Kaplan Meier curves, and Cox regression), 4. Database management.

Priority will go to: 1. major scientific conference deadlines, 2. extramural peer-reviewed grant deadlines, 3. intramural peer-reviewed grant deadlines, 4. manuscript revisions, 5. manuscripts in preparation. In order to protect biostatistician time during busy periods, the deadline for applications for meetings/grants is 2 months before the due date, so plan ahead: October, February, and June NIH deadlines (remember ORPA’s 5 business days lead time).

Request Biostatistics Support

Please remember to acknowledge the Department of Medicine (DOM) support for the analyses in any papers or presentations, and consider including them as co-authors: “Supported in part by the Department of Medicine Biostatistical Shared Resource and the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry”

In the first year, 2022-2023, this will run as a pilot program to assess DOM Biostats needs, and we will adjust support in future years based on documented use. We are hopeful this resource will facilitate the development of exciting new research grants within the DOM, with a fair and equitable access to all.

If you have any questions related to this program, please directly reach out to Laura Calvi Laura_Calvi@URM.Rochester.edu, Valentina Kutyifa Valentina.Kutyifa@heart.rochester.edu, or Stefanie Fingler Stefanie_Fingler@URMC.Rochester.edu.

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