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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 this aim, the BERD Program has established three objectives.

  • Objective 1: Provide access to biostatistics, epidemiology, study design, high-throughput molecular data analysis and clinical data management consulting services.
  • Objective 2: Develop novel statistical applications and methodologies to address the complexities large-scale clinical electronic medical records 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

Grant Preparation

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

Computational Biology

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

Educational Programs

  • Short courses
  • Journal clubs
  • Grant writing
  • Bioinformatics


  • UCLA
    • 12-1 PM every Wednesday in 911 Broxton building, 3rd floor
    • 1-3 PM every Friday in 911 Broxton building, 3rd floor
    • No appointment necessary for drop-in consults, see flier for all services

      Email: domstat@mednet.ucla.edu
      Website: http://domstat.med.ucla.edu
      Phone: 310-794-3111, Fax: 310-794-8149

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

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

LA BioMed: Youngju Pak, Ph.D.
Professor of Biostatistics

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