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The mission of the Study Design and Biostatistics Center (SDBC) is to advance high quality research at the University of Utah and affiliated institutions by:

  1. Providing expert collaborations for study design, health measurement, and statistical analysis
  2. Developing novel methods and software for advancing clinical/translational research
  3. Providing statistical and epidemiologic education to University researchers

The SDBC consists of over 40 statisticians, epidemiologists and quantitative health scientists, with the majority holding PhD and/or MD degrees.


We specialize in a wide variety of methods including clinical trial and observational study design, survey design and questionnaire development, item response theory and computer adaptive testing, statistical genetics and genomics, longitudinal analysis, linear and nonlinear mixed models, survival analysis, multivariate methods, modern causal inference, methods for patient-centered research, Bayesian modeling, computational statistics, cost effectiveness analysis, and diagnostic testing. We collaborate on more than 700 projects with over 350 investigators each year, with biomedical focus areas including cancer, internal medicine, pediatrics, orthopedics, OBGYN, surgery, ophthalmology, neurology and other specialties.

Goals of the Center

  1. To promote development and growth of the research structure within the University of Utah by providing enhanced biostatistical collaboration, study design and analysis support, and biostatistical education to University researchers.
  2. To encourage and facilitate the pursuit of external funding for research collaborations with clinicians, biostatisticians and epidemiologists within the University research community.
  3. To encourage collaborations that will foster development of novel biostatistical methods, tools, and software applicable to clinical and translational research.
  4. To integrate existing biostatistical resources, including specialized biostatistical expertise at University Departments, into a core that provides researchers with access to both general study support and expertise specialized to specific research areas.

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
Phone: 801-587-5212
Fax: 801-581-3623

Acknowledging the SDBC

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

"This investigation was supported by TRIAD, with funding in part from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number UL1TR002538. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health."