The CTSC Biostatistics Core is designed to provide HSC investigators with expert early consultation and service on all aspects of study design, biostatistics, and basic data management for effective clinical and translational study. The Core provides easily accessible consultation and services, user-friendly courses for researchers at all levels, and novel tools and methods intended to solve problems and address barriers to the conduct of clinical and translational research. Our services are open to all investigators ( ) to understand the methodological aspects of their research for planning their projects, including power analysis, sample size, and research design for extramural grant submissions. Below is key information related to our core.
Services for UNM Health Sciences Center Faculty
Because of the NIH funded Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), the CTSC is able to provide funding to cover 5 hours per calendar year of individual biostatistical consultation per investigator or project. Consultation hours are often used for preparing a pilot or grant application. Additional consultation or service work is charged at the usual $75/hr. If funds are not available from extramural grants, we encourage you to seek funding from the CTSC Pilot Program, HSC Research Allocation Committee (RAC), and/or departmental sources. Support for GME residents' research is also provided at no charge.
Per NIH requirements, our CTSA grant provides consultation support, but not service support. Consultation activity includes power analysis, sample size and research design for grant or pilot project submissions, while service includes more complex analysis, data modeling, and data management. The 5 hours paid for by the CTSC apply only to consultative hours.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should researchers need to know before scheduling services?
- You should schedule a meeting with a biostatistician as early as possible in the process of protocol development. For grant applications, we request at least 3 weeks or more ahead of internal grant deadlines. The biostatistician can assist you with study design and with writing a statistical analysis plan and its essential components, like specifying sample size.
- Large amounts of consulting hours over a few days or weeks is likely to not be possible or practical. We will do everything we can to accommodate your project, though please be aware that CTSC biostatisticians may be
- working with many other investigators at different stages of their research, and/or
- need time to work through complicated biostatistical analysis.
- Late proposals: Grant application assistance requested less than 3 weeks prior to the grant deadline may only be expedited with a waiver from the CTSC Biostat Core Director, Dr. Kimberly Page. For instructions regarding requesting a waiver, please email Betsy Reinecke at: CTSCbiostats@salud.unm.edu
What should researchers bring to meetings with biostatisticians?
Some of the information you should bring to a meeting with the biostatistician includes:
- Clear articulation of your study question and hypothesis
- Relevant papers where similar variables have been studied
- Pilot data you may have
All of these things will be helpful in planning for the analyses and your sample size calculation which is highly dependent on the expected variability in the data as well as treatment effect sizes. The CTSC biostatistician will be most helpful if you are able to provide information to better inform estimates and analytic plans.
For any additional questions, please contact Betsy Reinecke at CTSCbiostats@salud.unm.edu.