Biostatistical Resources

The following list is a summary of biostatistical support and resources available to the Department of Pediatrics.

The need for biostatistical support for faculty members in the Department of Pediatrics was a key recommendation that stemmed from the 2013 Strategic Plan. Many faculty members were unaware of the existing services on the UNC campus, or were unable to access them because of the financial resources required.

The Department of Pediatrics is committed to ensuring faculty perform high-quality research. A pool of funds has been set aside for which faculty may apply for use toward their biostatistical needs. A summary of the on-campus options follows. Faculty may submit the application form to katie.eimers@unc.edu to request funds from the department.

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Faculty may submit requests for biostatistical support through TraCS here. A biostatistician group will review each request, ask any questions they may have, and then determine the best option, as follows:

  • Walk-in clinics (no cost) – For general statistical questions or consulting.
  • Overview (no cost) – General/broad advice from a biostatistician about a given research project.
  • Seminar Series (no cost) - Provides junior clinical and translational researchers who have basic quantitative training in biostatistical methods with a more in depth understanding of selected topics and to introduce them to more advanced methods. Emphasis is placed on what is needed to understand a statistical method or concept in order to recognize whether a methodology is potentially relevant to their research aim and choice of study design, and appropriately interpret results of analyses using the methodology. For more information, contact NCTraCS_BiosSeminar@unc.edu.
  • Group feedback (no cost) – If your data are complicated and routine analysis does not apply, faculty may present to a group of Biostatisticians at the Bios Core Grand Rounds and they will discuss the problem with you and provide you with suggestions. Depending on the problem, follow-up meetings with a subgroup of Biostatisticians are available. Contact Dr. Jianwen Cai.
  • In-depth support (cost) – Fees associated with the in-depth support options are determined individually by a Professor in the Department of Biostatistics, and are based on each faculty member's need. Options for support are as follows:
    • Biostatistician that oversees your work
    • Biostatistician that does the work for small bursts throughout lifetime of project
    • Biostatistician that is integrally involved in the project
    • Biostatisticians can be written into a grant or contract, or the funds available through the Department of Pediatrics may be used to support some percentage of their time.

Biostatisticians from the Department of Biostatistics can be written into a grant or contract, or the funds available through the Department of Pediatrics may be used to support some percentage of the Biostatistician's and their programmer's time.

Biostatisticians at the CSRL provide expertise in sampling, questionnaire design, nonresponse adjustments, population-based weights, complex statistical analysis as well as data collection by telephone, Internet, mail or face-to-face. Free consultations are available.

For more information, call Robert Agans at (919) 843-5923.

Housed within the Department of Biostatistics, the CSCC is a data coordinating center for multi-site clinical trials and observational studies. The CSCC provides:

  • Statistical collaboration on protocol design
  • Design and implementation of a state-of-the-art electronic data collection and management system using the Carolina Data and Reporting Tool (C-DART) platform. C-DART is jointly developed by the CSCC and NC TraCS
  • Multi-site trial project management, clinical site training and monitoring, database QC and cleaning, status reports, DSMB/OSMB reports
  • Statistical analysis, manuscript collaboration, manuscript tracking for large studies, generation of public access databases

Biostatisticians and CSCC staff can be written into a grant or contract. Initial consultation may be arranged through NC TraCS, or by contacting Dr. Sonia Davis.

The Odum Institute offers walk-in, short-term and longer-term statistical, survey and data management consulting. The Institute also provides a range of short courses including quantitative and qualitative methods, survey research and data management.

For more information or to arrange a consultation, call the Institute's main line at (919) 962-3061.

Housed within the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC), the Biostatistics and Data Management Core is a no-charge facility open to LCCC members and those performing cancer research at UNC. The Core provides weekly walk-in clinics as well as individual consultation and support for:

  • Research and protocol design, including implementation and programming of specific sampling schemes, the assistance in clinical protocol preparation, including the choice of proper design and statistical analysis methods, and the development of special software programs or macros for handling non-standard data analysis situations.
  • Data management, including database design, creation, and implementation, documentation, maintenance and quality assurance, and user support for centralized patient and population study databases, including study databases.
  • Data analysis for clinical trials and for epidemiologic, cancer prevention and control, and basic science studies.

The best way for eligible faculty to contact the Core is through the walk-in clinics, or by emailing LCCC_BIOS@med.unc.edu.

The UNC Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) biostatistics training core has developed several excellent introductory presentations on statistical concepts relevant to clinical and translational research: Overview of Biostatistics (by Michael Hudgens and Katie Mollan), Data Management (by Ali Fokar), and Survey Development (by Carol Golin and Catherine Grodonsky).