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Biostatistics Service Center

The Biostatistics Service Center (BSC) provides professional, high quality data analysis, biostatistical computing, and data management services to a wide range of clients in biomedical and public health research, including: observational studies (epidemiologic or clinical), clinical trials, outcomes research (including studies involving large prescription and diagnostic databases), and animal studies.

Our team is comprised of Master's level statisticians and affiliated faculty members from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Every project we take on is assigned to a senior statistician with a Master's trainee under the guidance of a faculty member.

Mission

To provide biostatistical expertise in support of biomedical, clinical and public health research.

Services

We can provide statistical services on a short term, per hour basis or long term within an ongoing contractual arrangement. Some of the services we provide include:

  • Design and analysis strategies for research proposals involving observational, experimental and survey research studies;
  • Selecting and implementing appropriate statistical methods for specific applications to research data;
  • Statistical and graphical analysis of data; and
  • Statistical review of manuscripts.
  • Power calculations and sample-size estimation.

Project Structure Options

There are three options for structuring newly funded or ongoing funded projects. They are: 1) a short term consultation, 2) a fixed percent effort contract, or 3) a task based (fixed price) contract. Selecting the best option for you is based on project scope and your preference.

Short-term consultations are best for short, well defined questions with relatively small datasets; charges are made per hour, based on the numbers of hours spent on the project. Most grant- or contract-funded projects do not include such tasks; however, sometimes there are pilot studies, interim analyses or small tasks nested within the larger study that the BSC can easily support on a short-term basis.

In most cases, BSC support for funded federal, foundation, or industry sponsored projects will be structured as a mid- to long-term project and will involve establishing either fixed percent or fixed price contracts. With a fixed percent structure, the BSC will make staff available for a fixed percent of time. For example, 20% effort would be the equivalent of roughly 1 day/week or 4 to 5 days/month. This arrangement requires that the investigator take responsibility for consistently using the available time since the costs for percent effort are charged on a monthly basis with the assumption that the effort is being utilized.

A task based (fixed price) structure for most mid- to long-term projects guarantees that BSC tasks will be completed with a priori determination of the costs. With this approach, a Scope of Work is defined by the BSC Director in conjunction with the investigator. The BSC then takes responsibility for completing the set of tasks laid out in the Scope of Work. Changes can be made to the project scope with corresponding changes to the budget. The reverse, making changes first to the budget and adjusting project scope, is also an option.

Clients

We work with health researchers across Drexel University and other academic health centers, pharmaceutical companies, medical research organizations, and managed care organizations.

We continue to grow, providing our expertise and services to our Drexel community, our region, and to our global neighbors.

What Does the Biostatistics Service Center Do?

What Does the Biostatistics Service Center Do?

BSC provides professional, high quality data analysis, biostatistical computing, and data management services across multiple research disciplines. Learn more about the services that we provide:

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