I. Biostatistics Consulting ServiceOverview: Biostatistics support is available to investigators in the Brigham and Women's and Harvard Medical research community for statistical consulting on issues such as study design and data analysis for manuscripts and grant applications. Resources are limited, so planning ahead is essential. The Biostatistics Consulting Service is part of the Biostatistics Core of the BWH Center for Clinical Investigation (CCI). Please visit the Center for Clinical Investigation website for other services including support for research involving genetics.
Biostatistics Consulting Service Staff:
Shelley Hurwitz, PhD, CCI Biostatistics Director
Bernard Rosner, PhD, Catalyst Biostatistics Associate Director
Robert Glynn, ScD, PhD, Biostatistician
Rie Maurer, MA, Biostatistician
Wei Wang, PhD, Biostatistician
Instructions for individual projects: Send your request for statistical consulting to Dr. Hurwitz using your primary work email. Click here for a direct link to Dr. Hurwitz's email, or call 2-6467 with questions. In order for your request to be considered, you must provide ALL of the applicable information listed below in the body of your email using plain text. You may send supporting materials as attachments only if files are small. We will email you back in about a week or sooner. Click here for information about our timeline.
Funds: You need funds for data analysis for abstracts, manuscripts, and presentations. We offer free design support for pilot projects and grants, and free advice and education consultations through the Harvard Catalyst Biostatistics Program. Your consultant will give you a time estimate after learning about the project. Historically, abstracts have averaged 15-25 hours, manuscripts have averaged 20-60 hours, and grants have averaged 15-40 hours. Click here for information about fees and grants.
- Personal information
- Phone number:
- Faculty rank:
- Your faculty mentor if you are not faculty:
- Project information
- Title of the project (the official title or the working title):
- Type of project (choose one type):
- Grant Submission or resubmission (design). Include official deadline, granting agency, criticisms if resubmitting.
- Design (other than grant).
- Abstract (analysis). Give the official submission deadline.
- Manuscript (analysis). The statistician may be co-author on abstracts and manuscripts.
- Response to Reviewer (may include analysis). Include the relevant criticisms.
- Brief Phone Consultation, Advice, Education. You can call us directly after emailing the applicable information.
- Description including the design that is detailed enough for us to ascertain the scope and the stage of the project:
- If Data Analysis, where is the data and how is it arranged? (Use REDCap or click here for recommended spreadsheet format.)
- Protocol number (if applicable)?
- Billing information (for all projects involving data analysis)
- Cost center six-digit account number to pay for the support you are requesting:
- Name and email of your billing administrator:
- How did you hear about us?
- Optional: You may request a particular statistician with whom you've worked in the past.
Information for departments, divisions, administrators: We also partner with departments and divisions to offer a guaranteed level of statistical support on an ongoing basis. Your department supports around 20% up to 80% FTE of a CCI statistician and there are no additional charges. The statistician does all of your group's statistics and gets very familiar with the content area, which is a great advantage. If needed, the other CCI statisticians can be available for consultation or back-up. Contact Dr. Hurwitz by email or phone 2-6467 if your group wants to partner with us for statistics support.
~ To read some comments from investigators about our service please click here. ~
II. Biostatistics Office Hours
The BWH Biostatistics Consulting Service also holds weekly office hours. Reservations are not required, and it is free. Biostatisticians will answer your statistical questions and guide you to more in-depth support. For schedule and location, visit the BWH Events calendar and search by date, or check your email for the periodic BWH Center for Clinical Investigation and Biomedical Research Institute Research Connection newsletters.
III. Biostatistics Education Program
The Center for Clinical Investigation Biostatistics Education Program offers several Short Courses in Biostatistics each year. Announcements are sent to all researchers by email in the periodic BWH Center for Clinical Investigation and Biomedical Research Institute Research Connection newsletters. We also offer an annual lecture series in the fall for investigators and research staff entitled "Topics in Biostatistics" You may register for one or more lectures and it is free. The location is One Brigham Circle and there are two or three topics presented each month. For details on upcoming Short Courses and Lectures, please go to the CCI research events page.
Please visit the Harvard Catalyst web-site and the Research Events web page for other educational offerings starting in 2008.
2008: Multivariate Statistics
2008: Nuts and Bolts of Clinical Trials
Spring 08: Problem-Based Biostatistics for Physiologic Investigators
Spring 08: Latent Variable Modeling
Winter 08: Advanced Biostatistics Topics
Winter 08: Basic Biostatistics for Clinical Investigators, at MGH
Fall 07: Advanced Biostatistics: Data Mining
Fall 07: Introductory Statistics for Medical Researchers
Summer 07: Epidemiology for Medical Researchers
Winter 07: Advanced Biostatistics
Fall 06: Introductory Statistics for Medical Researchers
Spring 06: Introductory Statistics for Medical Researchers
Winter 06: Problem-Based Biostatistics for Physiologic Investigators
Fall 05: Introductory Statistics for Medical Researchers
Winter 05: Problem-Based Biostatistics for Physiologic Investigators
Fall 04: Introduction to Epidemiology for Medical Researchers
Fall 04: Introductory Statistics for Medical Researchers
Spring 04: Problem-Based Biostatistics for Physiologic Investigators
Spring 04: Introduction to Epidemiology for Medical Researchers
Winter 04: Introductory Statistics for Medical Researchers
Summer 03: Introductory Statistics for Medical Researchers
Spring 03: Introduction to Epidemiology for Medical Researchers
Spring 03: Problem-Based Biostatistics for Physiologic Investigators
Winter 03: Introductory Statistics for Medical Researchers
Summer 02: Introductory Statistics for Medical Researchers
Winter 01: Seminar on Introductory Topics in Statistics for Medical Research
Fall 97: Data Analysis Using SAS