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Frequently Asked Questions


 What is Biostatistics?

Biostatistics is the use of statistics for public health, biological, or medical applications. It can be applied to a variety of research topics and fields. The overarching goal is to use appropriate statistical methods to understand the factors that affect human health.1

 What is the Colorado Biostatistics Consortium?

The CBC is a unit in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics designed to maintain capacity to have biostatisticians available for short term projects and formation of new collaborations. A Steering Committee composed of Department Faculty and Clinical Collaborators will provide guidance on policy and services.2

 What biostatistics collaboration do you offer?

The CBC provides collaboration with study design, grant preparation, and manuscript preparation. This might range from help with a power or sample size calculation, to supporting a K-award or short term, small grants, or grants with limited analysis needs. All CBC faculty are also open to formal collaboration.3

 How do I get help?

Fill out a request form at Request Biostatistics Consulting/Collaboration page. For questions, email John Neal, CBC Program Manager ()4

 When should I seek help for my project?

The sooner the better. The study design phase is a great time to get in touch because we can help you with the grant proposal and the plan for data analysis. We are trained to devise statistical hypotheses for research questions, while also planning for efficient study design and analysis methods that maximize your power to answer your research questions and get valid results.5

 What does "the sooner, the better" mean?

For a grant proposal, we suggest a minimum of 6 weeks in advance. But if your time frame is shorter than that, don't hesitate to get in touch, and we'll see what we can do to help you.6

 Who, exactly, will help me?

We are composed of participating faculty (MS and PhD) and graduate students from the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics with expertise in various research topics. When you make your initial request, we will make sure that you are matched with someone who has the appropriate expertise and time to guide you.7

 What are strategic partners?

The CBC has Memorandums of Understanding with various campus groups to provide assistance for a group of pre-specified investigators. Departments, Schools, Centers and Institutes often create these to set aside a designated amount of money toward non-grant-funded biostatistics collaboration for their group. Please see the Strategic Partnerships page.8

 What are the CBC rates?

Internal and external hourly rates for the 2016/2017 fiscal year are shown in the following table. Various strategic partners qualify for reduced rates. Please see the Project Pricing and Rate page for a thorough explanation of the fee schedule and the rates policy.
Biostatistician Title Internal Rates External Rates
Faculty PhD $160/hr $320/hr
Faculty MS $145/hr $290/hr
Student $130/hr $260/hr
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 How often are rates changed? What does this mean for an existing grant?

We will evaluate rates on an annual basis and will change them if necessary at the start of each fiscal year (July 1). We will bill at the current rates. If our collaboration falls over one fiscal year to the next, we will discuss the rate increase up-front.10

 Who will be charged the internal rate?

Internal rates apply to University of Colorado departments and affliates. External rates apply to all others.11

 Do you offer any services for free?

If you do not have funding to pay for statistical assistance, you can still submit a request. For small consulting tasks, we will ask participating faculty to consider working with you. Our goal is to develop positive, productive working relationships that result in tangible outcomes.12

 How are budgets determined?

They are created in a collaborative manner. The CBC Assistant Director will work with the investigator(s) to establish a scope of work and budget accordingly. If there is only a fixed amount of money available, we will discuss what can be accomplished for that amount.13

 What does the CBC need to help a customer?

It varies by need. Please see the Available Resources page for detailed information.14

 How is the CBC affected when the grant budget is cut by the funding agency?

It is common in today's world to see entire grant budgets get cut. If a grant gets cut by 20% then it would be reasonable for the CBC to be cut by 20%. Of course, it will be discussed how budget cuts affect the work we can perform.15

 What about authorship?

Authorship is completely independent of funding. If we make a contribution that warrants authorship, then we expect to be listed as an author(s). For specific guidelines on this topic, we look to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) 1 See our policy page. for a full discussion of authorship.16

 Who can I call if I have further questions?

Please contact the CBC Director through the Contact Us page on the website.  For administrative questions, contact John Neal, CBC Program Manager at 303-724-4370 or .17

 What is the difference between consultation and collaboration?

A consultation is normally a relatively simple, one-time project that while important, does not necessitate repeated contact with the researcher, whereas collaboration is a long-term research partnership with funding support through extramural grants and contracts. The biostatistics faculty members are eager to collaborate with other investigators to find solutions for complex scientific problems that affect human health.18


References
  • The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication, www.icmje.org/, updated February 2006 (accessed December 13, 2006).

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