• Services Provided

    There are many ways the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology (DBE) can help you with your research needs, from formulating a sound idea and writing grant proposals to data management and analysis. We conduct our work with the highest clinical and ethical standards. We also offer hourly consultations and education and training for state-of-the-art research.

  • The Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, in collaboration with the Division of Biomedical Informatics and other units, is engaged in the development of a comprehensive Data Management Center (DMC).  This effort is in keeping with the 2015 strategic plan’s goal of creating and strengthening the research infrastructure to support the full spectrum of research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and to accelerate the impact on child health. The mission of the DMC is to improve clinical outcomes and research by leading the development of state-of-the-art data management.  The DMC will strive to ensure that all clinical data at Cincinnati Children’s are managed in accord with Good Clinical Data Management Practices, that the institution recruits the best and brightest data management professionals and that their training is conducted according to industry standards.  To that end, the DMC will interact with other divisions, share the best clinical data management practices and disseminate the latest information on the subject. The science of data management continues to increase in complexity and today combines elements of clinical operations, compliance, information technology and biostatistics, among other disciplines.

    The CCTST has established a single point of contact, called Research Central, which provides a “concierge” function to provide trainees, entry-level faculty and established faculty with little experience in clinical / translational research with resources in protocol development, biostatistical / bioinformatics support, regulatory compliance, support for investigational drug and investigational device exemption development and community-based research.  This resource is especially recommended for small projects; the initial contact and services are provided by the CCTST free of charge.  DBE faculty lend their expertise to the CCTST and Research Central.  For more information, visit the CCTST website.

    Investigators may request consultation for a defined number of hours, which DBE will charge according to a published “fee-for-service” schedule.  The fees are established on the basis of the level of expertise required (e.g., faculty, staff statistician / epidemiologist, database programmer) and are aimed at recovering the cost of performing the service.  This arrangement is appropriate for small projects (requiring ≤ 5 percent FTE support), and for projects that are not supported by extramural funding.  For more information, contact us.

    All DBE faculty and many staff members participate in sponsored research that is thematically coherent with their interests and expertise. It is critically important that statisticians and epidemiologists participate in research led by basic and clinical investigators at the earliest possible stages of development to ensure that the research questions are properly formulated and reflected in a valid study design, and that a strong data management and analysis plan is part of any application for research funding or research protocol.  The expertise of DBE faculty covers a large array of research methods and subject-matter areas. Learn more about our division members and their areas of expertise.

    DBE supports the world-class research of Cincinnati Children’s by lending authoritative support to basic and clinical research programs and by providing outstanding education and training in statistical and epidemiologic research methods for students and professionals.  We have entered broad agreements with several Cincinnati Children’s institutes and divisions to ensure that adequate support is given to the development of  research ideas, to the design of competitive grant applications, to the publication of rigorous analyses of research findings, and to the education and training of residents, fellows and junior faculty in specific research programs.  For more information, contact us.

    The Graduate Statistics Internship Program is an educational collaborative agreement with the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. The aim of the program is to provide educational and research experiences to PhD graduate students in statistics.  Students will learn to perform statistical consultation related to medical health research projects as well as to conduct method development, under the supervision of DBE faculty. Students are encouraged to conduct their dissertation research addressing health research questions. They will also have an opportunity to compete for a graduate scholarship award.

    For more information about this program, contact Bin Huang at bin.huang@cchmc.org or  513-636-7612.

    DBE faculty support the educational mission of Cincinnati Children’s  to teach research methods to residents and fellows in pediatrics both in the classroom and online.  DBE has developed six online learning modules of the fellowship core curriculum to meet the fellowship learning requirements set out by the American Board of Pediatrics and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.  These learning modules cover the basics on types of data, research design, statistical inference, causation, diagnostic tests, meta-analyses and clinical trials.

    DBE also contributes to the educational mission of UC as its faculty members participate as instructors and guest lecturers in graduate programs in biostatistics and epidemiology offered by the Department of Environmental Health , including the master’s program in clinical research promoted by the CCTST.  Faculty also provide one-on-one teaching of biostatistical and epidemiologic research methods as an integral part of consultations with fellows and junior and senior faculty across campus.  Most of our faculty routinely lend their expertise in support of NIH-funded K awards and other faculty development activities.  For more information, contact us.