Biostatistics Consulting Center

The Biostatistics Consulting Center (BCC) offers comprehensive statistical consultation and computational services to faculty, staff, and students at Rollins, other divisions of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, and throughout Emory University. BCC personnel are available for discussion at all stages of research, including: preparation of grants and contracts, assistance in analyzing and presenting research data, and statistical review of manuscripts in the publication process.

The BCC has access to a broad range of computer hardware and software and personnel with expertise in using major statistical, graphics, and data management packages. While our primary interest is in assuring the appropriate use of statistical methodology in research, the BCC offers a complete range of services from database development, implementation, and maintenance to production of publication-quality graphic and tabular material to support the presentation and publication of research results.
Obtaining biostatistical advice early on in a project can often improve the chances of the study meeting its objectives.

Who We Are

Dr. Renee Moore directs the BCC within Rollins. Departmental faculty, research staff, and students primarily perform consulting services. Faculty members offering consulting help cover a wide range of interests and statistical expertise and have consulting experience in a variety of subject matter areas. Departmental staff members and graduate students contribute substantially to this activity by providing direct statistical and computational assistance. Other personnel in the BCC include data entry technicians, data managers, and statistical programmer/analysts from the Department of Biostatistics.

What We Do

BCC tasks are classified into short-term tasks that can be completed within three to six months (start to finish) with clear deliverables.  Each task has a fixed cost based on typical time and effort associated with the task. If a task grows beyond the initial estimate, a second task may need to be defined. The current task-based fee structure is available here.

Project Initiation

If you are interested in initiating a research project, please contact Dr. Moore directly (contact information is below) to outline the project and to set up a meeting with appropriate members of the BCC. Before the meeting, we recommend that the investigator provide a brief summary of the objectives and study design. The purpose of the meeting will be to review the research needs and study design issues, to estimate work load, and to plan a realistic timetable.

No work can begin until a statement of work has been completed and agreed upon by both BCC staff and the client—this includes our cost estimate, an Emory account number to be billed, and contact information for a person authorized to expend funds from the account. (Projects external to Emory must provide similar acceptable billing information.) Initial cost estimates established after the initial meeting will not be exceeded without prior notification and approval.

Theses, dissertations, and other student research projects typically involve a substantial statistical component that may require supervision or direct assistance from the BCC. If a student needs such supervision, it may be desirable for a BCC faculty member to be on the student's research committee. In any case, the student's research advisor must be present at the initial consultation session. We expect that graduate students will have made sufficient effort to understand the basic concepts of statistics. A reasonable background can be achieved by taking selected departmental course offerings in statistical methodology.

Authorship Policy

Co-authorship on scientific journal articles is generally expected on studies where substantive input on design and/or analysis is provided. It is our policy not to forgo funding in return for co-authorship. An individual statistician may, at his/her discretion, donate time to co-author an unfunded manuscript if it does not interfere with other funded projects.

Grant Proposals

The BCC will assist in study design and grant proposal writing when BCC faculty are identified as co-investigators and/or appropriate funding for BCC faculty is included in the budget.

Contact US

Reneé H. Moore, PhD
Director
renee.moore@emory.edu
Phone: 404-727-9291
Fax: 404-727-1370