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What We Do

The biostatisticians of the SDBC can work with you throughout the research process. We perform the following roles:

  • Clarification of research hypotheses and study aims
  • Assistance in the selection of the most appropriate study design and outcome measurements
  • Sample size/power calculations to evaluate tradeoffs among sample size, power and the minimum detectable treatment effects
  • Grant Application Writing
  • Applications for resources from the Utah Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
  • Assistance with evaluating existing surveys or developing you own
  • Advice regarding data collection methods
  • Conduct of statistical analysis on existing data sets
  • Guidance to clinical and translational researchers who wish to carry out their own statistical analyses
  • Advise on collection and analysis of qualitative data
  • Interpretation of results of data analyses
  • Collaboration in writing statistical aspects of manuscripts
  • When appropriate, facilitating contacts with other methodologists/researchers in the University community

In all of the activities of the SDBC, we endeavor to impart knowledge of study design and statistical principles to our clinical and translational science collaborators.

Methods Expertise

  • Clinical trial design
  • Observational study design
  • Survey design and questionnaire development
  • Item response theory and computer adaptive testing
  • Focus group design and analysis
  • Statistical genetics and genomics
  • Longitudinal analysis
  • Linear and nonlinear mixed models
  • Analyses of latent variable models
  • Survival analysis
  • Multivariate methods
  • Meta-analysis
  • Bayesian modeling
  • Computational statistics
  • Analysis of cost data
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Analysis of administrative data
  • Comparative effectiveness research methods
  • Modern causal Inference
  • Infectious disease modeling
  • Machine Learning

Our Office

Williams Building
University of Utah Research Park
Williams Building, 1st floor
295 South Chipeta Way
Salt Lake City, Utah

Parking: During construction, you may park on the bottom floor of the south parking structure.


Camie Derricott

Acknowledging the SDBC

Please use the following text to acknowledge the CTSI Study Design and Biostatistics Center:

"This investigation was supported by the University of Utah Translational Research: Implementation, Analysis, and Design (TRIAD), with funding in part from the National Center for Research Resources and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, through Grant UM1TR004409 (formerly 5UL1TR001067-05, 8UL1TR000105 and UL1RR025764)."