Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design

Biostatistics, epidemiology and research design (BERD)

About the Program

The Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design Program (BERD) provides a central location for investigators to seek research design and analysis support through the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute ( CTSI).

UF professor Hendrik Luesch and Lilibeth Salvador, a researcher in Luesch’s Marine Natural Products lab, have isolated a marine compound that may improve the treatment of people with lung diseases.

BERD links investigators with multidisciplinary faculty members and experts in various methodological techniques including biostatistics, epidemiology, qualitative data techniques, measurement, and evaluation in health-related research.

This program also assists students and young investigators to access basic and advanced graduate classes in research design, data acquisition and management, and data analysis that are applicable across the entire spectrum of clinical and translational research.

The main goals of BERD include:

  1. Serving as an early point of contact for investigators to facilitate their research, whether stand-alone or multidisciplinary.
  2. Providing investigators with high-quality research design and analysis assistance for their grant applications. We also conduct monthly studios (third Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) with lunch, where three BERD faculty members meet with researchers in small groups for almost one-to-one discussions of the attendee’s research.
  3. Providing investigators with assessable access to statisticians for basic statistical questions. We hold weekly Open Office Hours with a BERD member on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Clinical and Translational Research Building (CTRB) 5211. No RSVp required. Operates on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  4. Act as a liaison to ensure that the educational needs in both quantitative and qualitative methods, individually tailored to students and young investigators are met.
  5. Develop and adopt new methodologies as needed for specific clinical and translational research.

Program Services

Qualitative Research Collaboration


Other links

Association of Clinical and Translational Statisticians

The Association of Clinical and Translational Statisticians

Program Contacts

Director | BERD

Peihua Qiu, PhD

Chair | Department of Biostatistics | UF College of Public Health and Health Professions | UF College of Medicine

Wei Xue, PhD

Research Assistant Professor | Department of Biostatistics | UF College of Public Health and Health Professions | UF College of Medicine

Susmita Datta, PhD

Professor | Department of Biostatistics | UF College of Public Health and Health Professions | UF College of Medicine