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Design, Biostatistics and Ethics Support Overview

Biostatistics provides statistical support from study design to final analysis and publication

The Design, Biostatistics, and Research Ethics Support and Training Core (DBEST) provides statistical support from study design to final analysis and publication of results.

Primarily, DBEST aims to collaborate with biomedical investigators by providing design, analysis, research ethics and oversight support during all phases of a study, from conceptualization to dissemination of results. Such collaboration has been effective in correcting common design flaws which can invalidate conclusions, decrease efficiency, and increase patient risk.

Biostatistics and design support is led by the Center for Biostatistics in conjunction with faculty from the Divisions of Biostatistics in the College of Public Health and from the Department of Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences. Research ethics support is provided by faculty in the College of Public Health who have played a prominent role in patient advocacy and research ethics and regulatory training in the OSU Medical Center.


    1. Collaborative support for design, analysis and proposal planning to clinical and translational investigators
    2. Consultation for ethical and regulatory issues
    3. Educational programs on design, biostatistics and ethics
    4. Statistical methods research that enhances the quality of clinical and translational research


DBEST is led by Director, Soledad Fernandez. A small amount of FTE support is distributed to other staff to cover administration and tracking. Other funding is placed in an account that is charged based on recorded hours for each project.

This accounting approach allows a variety of biostatisticians to work on projects based on their special expertise, disease area experience and collaborative history. It also ensures a detailed accounting of the types and hours of support provided.

For more information on DBEST, send an email to ccts-biostat@osumc.edu.

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