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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, Myla Strawderman, MS (clinical research); Lu Wang, MS (basic science); and Samia Lopa, PhD (Clinical and Translational Research). 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 recommended deadline for applications for meetings/grants is 3-6 weeks prior, however depending on demand or nature of the project we realize that this may not be feasible and so if time is an issue this will be addressed at the time of the consultation. Please visit NIH standard deadlines for important dates and remember ORPA’s 5 business days lead time.

Request Biostatistics Support

We are aware of a number of submissions for the June 16th and July 5th deadlines. Our response time may be longer than usual during this time. Please remember to plan ahead if you need support from the Biostats resource. 

*If this is a cancer related project, please see Wilmot Cancer Institute's Biostatistics Shared Research form

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, Valentina Kutyifa, or Stefanie Fingler

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