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Study Design and Statistical Support

How do you connect with a biostatistician for help with study design and analyses?

Taking advantage of expertise in novel study designs will maximize your ability to recruit participants and efficiently achieve adequate power. Statistical experts can calculate the sample size needed for your study, conduct power analyses, and develop statistical analysis plans for your research project.

The Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Program provides researchers with high-quality advice on study design (including sample size estimations and power calculations), and state-of-the-art analytic methods to maximize interpretability, reliability, and generalizability of data generated by our clinical and translational research projects.

It also provides critical methodologies guidance and expertise to clinical and translational investigators at all phases of their research projects, regardless of their level of training.

The success of a project is greatly enhanced by engagement of statisticians and design experts during the planning phase of a study.


The UT Southwestern CTSA Program sponsors a one hour consultation at no charge for researchers at UT Southwestern and our partnering institutions who need study design guidance and statistical support. Investigators with grant support can allocate effort for faculty and staff statisticians on their grants or pay for BERD services.

Support for KL2 Clinical Research Scholars is ongoing and provided free of charge for a variety of purposes including design and conduct of independent research projects, pilot awards, and extramural funding (limited to a total of 4 years from the date of entry into the Clinical Scholars Program or until the Scholar is promoted to Associate Professor, whichever occurs first).

CTSA Pilot Grant Recipients can receive support based on the following fee structure:

  • $1,000 for minimal support (about 20 hours)
  • $3,000 for midlevel support (20-50 hours)
  • $5,000 for in-depth support (more than 50 hours)

Ready to consult with BERD experts? the BERD team to schedule a consultation.