All Clinical Research Unit protocols are reviewed by a member of the Biostatistics Core prior to approval.
Discussing your project with a member of our staff is strongly encouraged for all investigators who do not already have biostatistical support as part of their funded protocols.
In conjunction with the Biostatistics Center, ICTR offers researchers access to a research-related consulting service. The goal of the service is to promote the appropriate use of biostatistics in the design, implementation, and interpretation of clinical and translational research studies. JHU faculty with primary appointments can receive a maximum of 5 hours of free support per clinical and translational research project through the ICTR. Consultants can assist with: research study design, design of data collection systems and instruments, data entry and validation, data management and quality assurance, statistical analysis and data interpretation, and professional and scientific report-writing.
Fee for Service Basis
Once projects obtain independent funding, services will be provided on a fee-for-service basis. The goal of these consultations is to advise and educate the researcher by enabling him or her to both design and execute well-constructed studies and analyze the study data collected.
Please contact the Biostatistics Center as early as possible before your deadlines and with an awareness of the following guidelines:
- Abstracts: The Center generally needs at least one month. Ideally, we hope you will give us two months or more. If it is less than one month before the deadline, we may be able to assist with some simple summary statistics; however we cannot guarantee more complicated analyses, such as multiple variable analyses.
- Grants: The Center typically needs at least three weeks for new grant submissions. If it is a re-submission, we need at least two weeks to improve your score.
- Manuscript Review: The Center requires a minimum of two weeks for manuscript reviews.
As the deadline approaches, the likelihood that we can provide helpful statistical support diminishes. On a case by case basis, The Biostatistics Center may decline requests that are too close to the deadline to provide anything useful.
Within 3-5 working days of receipt of a request, a consultant will be assigned and in contact with you to arrange an initial meeting. To request a consultation with the Biostatistics Center through Connection Request, click here.
Virtual walk-in clinics will be conducted via MS Teams. Please visit the Microsoft Teams Training Site at the regular standing clinic times:
Tuesdays 1:30- 2:30 pm (Statistical software expertise: SAS)
Wednesdays 11 am- 12 pm (Statistical software expertise: R)
Thursdays 11 am- 12 pm (Statistical software expertise: STATA)
We ask that researchers email email@example.com one hour prior to the standing clinic time. The names of the first three sign-ups will be forwarded to the expert running the clinic on that day and an email confirmation will be sent to these three individuals. “Session-full” notices will be sent to others. The expert running the clinic will contact the researchers “attending” clinic through MS Teams at the respective times. As usual, we plan to provide an approximately 20-minute consultation to each researcher.
Please, note that our biostatistics and data management team will continue to provide consultations initiated through the web portal. Everything except the consultation itself will continue to be managed via email. If necessary, the consultants will be in contact with the researchers to arrange the best time to meet using one of the university’s suggested on-line meeting platforms: MS Teams or Zoom.