The CBC does not replace collaborative research conducted in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics or other departments, but provides a means to organize requests, facilitates matching requests to expertise, and provides ongoing capacity for biostatisticians to be available.
What is the difference between collaboration and consultation?
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. Many consultations turn into collaborations over time. The biostatistics faculty members are eager to collaborate with other investigators to find solutions for complex scientific problems that affect human health.
Why use the CBC vs. hiring your own biostatistician?
- You have access to a range of expertise and varying levels of expertise matching your needs rather than relying on a single person's education and background.
- Graduate student research assistants and junior faculty (MS, early PhD) are mentored by senior faculty, providing a depth of shared experience that cannot be found in a single individual.
- You can secure intellectual collaboration on short notice, without undergoing a time-consuming hiring process.
- Just as with your discipline, the biostatistician’s work is often improved by working in close proximity to other biostatisticians. They can share new methods and ideas, and gain experience by hearing and learning from other biostatisticians. Thus, the CBC provides a statistically stimulating environment for the team of biostatisticians, which in turn, benefits your project.
- You avoid the management responsibility associated with a "regular" employee, while having the flexibility to obtain part-time or short-term support as needed.