The Mayo Clinic CTSA BERD Resource offers an "open door" to investigators seeking guidance and advice on general biostatistical, epidemiological and research design considerations.
Highly trained and experienced masters-level biostatisticians serve as the primary consultants, with doctoral-level biostatisticians, epidemiologists and qualitative research methodologists available as needed.
Consultants provide investigators with direction and support, but do not provide data analysis services — though consultants may discuss methods of analysis appropriate for an investigator's data and illustrate how analysis may be done using JMP statistical software or qualitative analysis software. The Department of Health Sciences Research (HSR) (must be logged in to the Mayo network) is available as a resource for Mayo investigators in need of more extensive analysis support.
Consultations may include:
- Review of protocols, including assistance refining aims and hypotheses
- Discussion of optimal study design, and considerations related to power and sample size
- Advice on data management strategies
- Instruction on choosing and implementing appropriate analysis methods
- Assistance interpreting analysis results
- Review of manuscripts, including discussion of reviewer comments
- General overview of statistical methods and "how-to" information on statistical practice
All investigators, regardless of experience level, may schedule a consultation. However, preference is given to new and developing investigators — experienced, grant-funded investigators would be expected to have an established relationship with a biostatistician, epidemiologist or qualitative research methodologist outside of CTSA, such as in HSR.
In addition to straightforward cases, the BERD Resource welcomes unusual and unique cases. These cases may stimulate novel methodological tools, which are encouraged by the national CTSA program.
See Scheduling and Cost for information about making an appointment with a BERD consultant.