Effective September 9, 2015
the Biostatistics Laboratory (located within the Dept. of Public
Health Sciences) has moved back into their former location in MARP 3rd
floor. Biostat Clinic will meet in R318
The Biostatistics Laboratory (located within the Department of Public Health
Sciences) consists of a group of PhD and MS statisticians whose primary focus
is on applied and collaborative work. Our members have a broad range of
experience and interests, and conduct methodological work in addition to
working with researchers throughout the University. We also participate in
training and mentoring young investigators (e.g., advising on K Awards,
attending journal clubs, etc.). BL members serve on various committees and
participate in the academic life of the University.
Members of the BL advise and collaborate with investigators on study design
(including sample size and power calculations, protocol development and the
preparation of grant and contract proposals), study execution (including
randomization, data monitoring, and oversight of data management and other study
procedures), data analysis and interpretation, and manuscript preparation. BL
members are also available for shorter consultations, such as making
recommendations about statistical techniques or software, providing guidance
and helping investigators avoid common pitfalls when performing their own
analyses, and discussing ideas for future studies or analyses.
Investigators wishing to involve the BL in a project are encouraged to schedule
an appointment during the initial phase of study/proposal planning, since
statistical input is often most critical at this stage to avoid mistakes that
are difficult (if not impossible) to correct later on. Investigators who have
not worked with a statistician before are often surprised at the amount of
input and value we can provide early in the process of developing a proposal or
planning a study.
To ensure a clear understanding of the needs, expectations, and available
resources, the Principal Investigator or Project Director must attend an
initial meeting to discuss pertinent information with the statistician. At this
meeting, the full scope of the project will be discussed to determine the need
for further collaboration. An estimated charge (either as an hourly rate or
percentage of effort) will be prepared according to the needs throughout the
various phases of the project and submitted for administrative and funding
Pilot Study Design and Planning
Pilot studies are an important part of clinical, translational research because
they can lead to refinement of procedures and hypotheses and can generate
preliminary data prior to undertaking a larger study. As with all other aspects
of research, good study design and planning is essential for a pilot study. The
following links detail issues to consider when designing these studies: a pilot study checklist
and slides from a presentation on pilot studies.
The Biostatistics Clinic has been established by the Department of
Public Health Sciences to provide free, short-term statistical consultation.
This might include discussion about study design, sample size calculations, or
basic data analysis. Staffed by members of the Biostatistics Laboratory, the
Clinic will be held once a week with one-hour time slots available.
To schedule an appointment
for the Biostatistics Clinic
, please go to https://biotime.uchicago.edu/Clinic.aspx.
To initiate collaboration or request biostatistical support for a project
, please go to https://biotime.uchicago.edu/RequestSupport.aspx , and
fill out the form. This will generate an e-mail to the Biostatistics
Laboratory Director, and you will be contacted by the statistician assigned to
The Biostatistics Laboratory is located in the Medical Center at the north end
of the 3rd floor of the Mothers Aid Research Pavilion (MARP). The R-corridor
3rd floor can be accessed from Goldblatt 2nd floor by the staircase at the west
end of the corridor near the entrance to the Dept. Ob/Gyn suite.
Consulting Fee Schedule
Percentage of effort on grant or contract
(may not be less than 5% annually):
Actual percentage of salary and fringe costs as a
$145.00 for every 1% effort as a Biostatistical
Support Fee (to cover project-related non-personnel
Collaboration effort charged on an hourly basis:
First two hours of collaboration:
Subsequent collaborative effort:
Billed as an hourly rate covering both personnel
and non-personnel costs…$95.00/hr
External collaborative effort:
Billed at twice the hourly rate as long as project
is not federally funded.
Grant preparation collaboration:
No charge when appropriate biostatistician's effort
is included in the submitted project budget.
When calculating salaries for future years,
use 3% increases per year.
Grant & Budget Preparation
Per Divisional policy, written pre-approval must be
obtained from the DHS Chairman or Biostatistics Lab Director before including
a department/lab member on a proposal or grant submission.
When a biostatistician is named on a grant and a percentage of effort is listed in
the personnel category, please budget as a line item a Biostatistical Support
Fee, which is currently $145.00 per 1% of effort annually. This fee supports
the resources the biostatistician will require for performing research work
such as the cost of photocopying/faxing, paper for printing, office &
computer supplies, software licenses, and telephone charges.
For example, if a biostatistician was named in a grant at 10% effort, the
current year's support fee would be calculated as follows:
$145 x 10 = $1,450 annually
Department Grant Administrators:
To facilitate obtaining departmental concurrence and/or
other grant proposal related items for a member of Public Health Sciences,
you may use this request form.
Last Updated: 9/10/2015