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Biostatistics, Epidemiology, & Research Design

SCTR Institute

The goal of the SCTR Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) program is to provide methodological expertise to translational researchers. We assist SCTR pilot project investigators and K awardees, help investigators with Research Nexus protocol submissions, assist with grant submissions (e.g. sample size estimation, statistical analysis planning), and collaborate on manuscripts.

Multidisciplinary and translational research demands adherence to the highest standards of study design and statistical analysis, so a structured interplay between these components is fundamental to successful outcomes. By providing access to these tools we hope to transform institutional research design activities into an efficient and cohesive program dedicated to advancing clinical and translational research.

Examples of Requests for the BERD Program

The SCTR Biostatistics program receives multiple requests for services every week. Some examples include:

  • Sample size/power estimation
  • Analysis of preliminary data for a grant Developing analysis plans
  • Assistance with manuscript preparation Grant review
  • Survey Design
  • 1-on-1 didactic teaching


Paul Nietert, Ph.D.
Professor, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology
Phone: 843-876-1204

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