BERD staff provides study design, data management, and statistical support for many different areas of clinical research including but not limited to, cardiology, emergency medicine, genetics, infectious disease, nephrology, nutrition, pediatrics, radiation/oncology, and rheumatology. Our projects span the spectrum of translational science, ranging from pre-clinical animal studies to clinical research, health services research, quality improvement programs, and community-based research.
Many of the consulting and collaborative projects BERD staff members work on result in the development of grants and/or publications in peer review journals. Statisticians in the BERD work with investigators typically through one of two mechanisms: (1) funded effort through grants or other institutions or (2) fee-for-service consulting.
Find a Statistician to Collaborate with on a Grant or Other Funded Project
Please contact Norma Terrin.
Find Out About Fee-for-Service Consulting and Our Rates
Please contact Robin Ruthazer.
What information will the statistician need before working on my study?
- A brief description of the project is extremely helpful to the statistician. Be prepared to tell the statistician what your study aims and hypotheses are, what analyses you’re looking for, and be sure to describe the study design.
- Sometimes it can be helpful to send your data to the statistician for review when you describe your study, but please make sure they know you will be sending it before you do so.
- Before we can work on your project, we need confirmation that the study has approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB).Verbal confirmation is sufficient.
- Please de-identify all data before you send it to us. We cannot accept data that includes patient identifiers, such as medical record numbers or names, etc.
What format should my data be in?
- Discuss this with your statistician. We often get datasets in MS-EXCEL or MS-ACCESS, but we can read data that come in many other formats as well.
How long will it take the statistician to do the work and how much will it cost?
- After the statistician understands what type of work you need, he or she will give you an estimate of both the number of hours it might take to complete, and when the work might be done. If the actual work-time begins to exceed the estimate, the statistician will contact you for permission to continue on the project. The fee for the project depends both on the number of hours the statistician spends on the project and the type of work needed. Please contact us for our current rates.
If I pay for services, do I need to acknowledge the statistician in my publications?
Yes. If the statistician has substantially contributed to the project and final manuscript, he or she should be included as a coauthor. Many journals have guidelines about who should and should not be included as an author. Discuss consideration of authorship directly with the statistician you’re working with.
BERD staff members hold faculty and scientific staff appointments at Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine. They mentor clinical fellows and teach courses in the Sackler Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University.
Our team members also serve nationally as consultants to institutions, foundations, federal agencies, and corporations as well as on grant proposal review panels of the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies, as members of Data Safety and Monitoring Boards, and as reviewers and editors for a variety of scientific journals.
BERD staff members provide expertise in statistical modeling, including linear and logistic regression, survival analysis, analysis of longitudinal data, and spatial analysis of geographic data. We also provide predictive modeling, competing risks analysis, multi-state models, time series analysis, joint models for longitudinal and survival outcomes, meta-analysis, bioinformatics, analysis of genomic and genetic data, non-inferiority trials and analysis of complex survey designs through the BERD.
Staff Research Interests
Current research interests of the BERD staff include clinical predictive models, survey design, geographic and spatial analyses, bioinformatics, diagnostic tests based on biomarker data, treatment variability and the heterogeneity of treatment effect. Other interests include health-related quality of life, research in minority populations and analysis of community data, cognition, nutrition and teaching methods for biostatistics in medical settings. The BERD staff also provides statistical and computational instruction and mentoring to students in the Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) program within the Tufts University Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.
BERD staff members collaborate with investigators at Tufts Medical Center (Tufts MC), Tufts University, Tufts MC-affiliated institutions (e.g. Lahey Clinic and St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center), as well as with investigators from non-affiliated universities and hospitals, government agencies, non-profit organizations and industry. Areas of clinical collaboration include cardiology, critical care medicine, emergency medicine, HIV-AIDS, infectious diseases, nephrology, nursing, nutrition, oncology, ophthalmology, pediatrics, pharmacy, psychiatry, pulmonary, rheumatology, and transplantation.
Norma Terrin, PhD
Director, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Center, Professor of Medicine
Robin Ruthazer, MPH
Associate Director, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Center
Janis L. Breeze, MPH
Alejandro Moreno-Koehler, MPH
Jason Nelson, MPH
Farzad Noubary, PhD
Jessica K. Paulus, ScD
Associate Director, BERD, Assistant Professor of Medicine
Lori Lyn Price, MAS
Tammy Scott, PhD
Hocine Tighiouart, MS
Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Center
The Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies
Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington Street, Box #63
Boston, MA. 02111
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