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Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design


Program Description

The Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design Program provides integrated services and biostatistical support. Services include (1) contemporary data analysis methodology consultation, implementation, and epidemiology expertise; (2) the best available clinical data management software; (3) study design assistance; and (4) bioinformatics/computational biology data analysis.

Program Aim

The aim of the Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) Program is to foster high-quality research through consultations, education, and development of novel approaches to methodological problems. To achieve these aims, the BERD Program has established three objectives.

Aim 1. BERD. Foster high-quality research through consultation, education and novel approaches.
  • Objective 1. Provide access to biostatistics, epidemiology, study design, high-throughput molecular data analysis and clinical data management consulting services.
  • Objective 2. Design, develop and disseminate novel statistical applications and methodologies to address the complexities of large-scale clinical EHR databases and clinical trials design.
  • Objective 3. Provide biostatistical education and training to the CTSI research community.

Program Services

Eligibility: faculty, clinical instructors, fellows, postdocs, students, research staff and residents

Biostatistical Collaboration

  • Data analysis consultation
  • Epidemiological expertise
  • Survey research and practice
  • Survival analysis and adaptive clinical trials
  • Clinical-data-management consulting
  • Methodologies for community-based studies

Data Management

  • Pros and cons of data management options
  • REDCap

Grant Preparation

  • Study design and power analysis
  • Data analysis protocols
  • Career development (K series) applications

Computational Biology (Omics Data Analysis)

  • Microarray data analysis
  • Sequencing analysis (mRNA, miRNA, DNA, methylation)
  • Proteomics (mass-spec, Luminex)

Educational Programs

  • Short courses
  • Journal clubs
  • Grant writing
  • Bioinformatics


See the flier for all consultation services. Available services for each location are shown below.

Cedars-Sinai: Mihai Giurgiulescu
Assistant to Director, Andre Rogatko

Charles Drew: Magda Shaheen, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.
Assistant Professor

Lundquist/Harbor-UCLA: Youngju Pak, Ph.D.
Professor of Biostatistics

UCLA: David Elashoff, Ph.D.
Professor of Biostatistics and Medicine