The Biostatistics Laboratory at the University of Chicago

The Biostatistics Laboratory is a core facility that provides collaborative statistical support to BSD and other investigators engaged in medical and translational science research. This includes biostatistics, epidemiology, and research design. We encourage investigators to contact us at an early stage in their planning. Please use the tabs at the top of this page to:

Most projects will require longer-term collaboration and therefore the "Research Support Request" tab should be accessed. This includes assistance with grant proposal preparation, design or analysis of clinical trials, pilot study design and planning*, statistical analysis beyond basic descriptive statistics, or analysis of large datasets.

The Biostatistics Clinic has been established to provide free, short-term statistical consultation. This could include:

  • discussion about study design,
  • sample size calculations**,
  • advice on organizing data for analysis,
  • basic data analysis, (requiring minimal data cleaning)
  • advice to those conducting their own analyses,
  • initial planning and referral for more extensive consultation.

Staffed by members of the Biostatistics Laboratory, the Clinic is currently held on Tuesdays from 9-1 with one-hour time slots available. Appointments are required and can be made by selecting the ("Clinic Appointments") tab. This service is funded in part by the University of Chicago Institute for Translational Medicine (CTSA) to lower barriers and to accelerate clinical and translational research.

The Biostatistics Laboratory is located in the Medical Center on the 3rd floor of the Mothers Aid Research Pavilion (MARP - R-corridor). This can only be accessed from the staircase next to the Student Care Center. The nearest hospital entrance is the Goldblatt Lobby. A map is available at "Biostat Lab Map".

*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.
** This requires substantial input from the investigator and is dependent on the study design. In order to be well prepared for the Clinic appointment, please review this article by Eng. Additionally, if the study design has not been fully determined, then time will first need to be spent discussing this.