Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Core (BERD)

icts.uiowa.edu/investigators/biostatistics-epidemiology-and-research-design-core

Leadership:

Assistant Director
Patrick Ten Eyck, MS, PhD
(319) 384-5242
patrick-teneyck@uiowa.edu

Mission/Client Group:

BERD facilitates research design and biostatistical expertise for credible evidence generation across the T1-T4 spectrum of clinical and translational research. We have a robust consultation service to help develop research protocols and enhance methodological planning; offer new training opportunities; and provide methodological innovations like our upcoming pilot grant opportunities.

In consultating and collaborating on the design and analysis of clinical and translational research studies, we apply innovative approaches to study design, data collection, and statistical analysis in a variety of areas including adaptive and Bayesian clinical trial design and comparative effectiveness research (CER). For example, we connect investigators with research staff in collaborating centers such as the Preventive Intervention Center to design questionnaires using formats that are most appropriate for the target audience and to design databases for managing questionnaire data.

Building capacity in CER is central to our integrated and interdisciplinary activities across the ICTS. We offer coursework and degree programs to support clinical and translational research that complements the ICTS' Translational Biomedicine MS and certificate programs. We also work with other CTSA institutions to implement software for clinical research management, evaluation, and tracking; and support the development of novel methods of adjusting for selection bias in CER studies

Services:

Specifically, we:

  • Help develop research protocols and enhance methodological planning
  • Offer training opportunities
  • Assist with the design and analysis clinical and translational research studies across the T1-T4 spectrum
  • Apply innovative approaches to study design, data collection, and statistical analysis in a variety of areas including adaptive and Bayesian clinical trial design and comparative effectiveness research
  • Connect investigators with research staff in collaborating centers, such as the Preventive Intervention Center, to:
    • design questionnaires using formats that are most appropriate for the target audience
    • design databases for managing questionnaire data.
  • Build capacity in comparative effectiveness research (CER); this is central to our integrated and interdisciplinary activities across the ICTS.

Consulting Fees:

Service Provided by MS-level staff (standard approaches) Provided by PhD-level staff (advanced approaches)
1-hour Biostatistical Analysis Consultation Free Free
Power Analysis & Sample Size Computation $50/hour $75/hour
Research Design & Study Preparations $50/hour $75/hour
Data Management/Analysis $50/hour $75/hour
Reporting $50/hour $75/hour

How to engage our services:

To formally request support for a new project:

  1. Go to https://i-cart.icts.uiowa.edu
  2. Click on “Institute for Clinical & Translational Science”
  3. Click on “Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design”
  4. Click on “Biostatistics” and select “Add” next to “FREE One-Hour Biostatistical Analysis Consultation (Senior Level)”
  5. Click on “Yes” to create a new study
  6. Click “Continue”
  7. Click “New Research Study”
  8. Fill out all required study information, as well as any optional information that can be provided. One of the fields to fill in is Financial Account (UDAK #) (previously MFK #); this will be used for billing at the conclusion of the study should additional services on this project be provided.

Staff Bios:

Patrick Ten Eyck, MS, PhD

Patrick has been the Assistant Director for Biostatistics and Research Design in the ICTS since August of 2015, when he earned his PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Iowa. His research interests include development of model selection criteria, applications in biomedicine and public health, categorical data analysis, and statistical computing. His personal interests include homebrewing beer, playing the drums, and watching Hawkeye football.

Yunshu Zhou, MS

Yunshu has been with the ICTS since August of 2015 after completing her MS in Biostatistics at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include cardiovascular disease, cancer, preventive care, longitudinal studies, mixed models, and statistical programming. In her free time, Yunshu enjoys reading, hiking, and watching sports.

Chaorong Wu, PhD

Chaorong joined the ICTS in July of 2016 after completing a PhD in Quantitative, Qualitative and Psychometric Psychology from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research and professional works focus on applications of and innovations in advanced statistical techniques, including latent structure modeling, multi-level modeling, categorical data modeling, and various other modeling approaches. His personal interests include basketball, badminton, music, and literature.