“Do you have a question about your study design, protocol, or statistical analyses? Fill out a service request or stop by a drop-in session. Our epidemiologists and biostatisticians would be happy to assist you.”
Norma Terrin, PhDScientific Director, BERD Center
Grant and Protocol Development
Consulting and Collaborative Research
BERD Center Team
The Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Center is a joint program between Tufts CTSI and the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies (ICRHPS). Statisticians and Epidemiologists in the BERD Center collaborate with clinical, health services, and basic science researchers throughout Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center and its affiliates. We promote innovation and excellence across the spectrum of translational and patient-oriented research by working with our collaborators to select the optimal study design and plan, and perform the most suitable analysis for the aims of each study. Pre-award proposal development services are available at no charge for Tufts CTSI partners and can be requested here.
The BERD Center has a broad range of expertise in standard and cutting-edge methods, as well as a history of developing and evaluating new methodology. We also provide training, education, and study design support.
Free assistance from BERD Center faculty and staff is available at Virtual Research Help Drop-in Sessions.
The BERD Center is now scheduling virtual Drop-In appointments through an online scheduling system. These 30-minute sessions are intended to help Tufts CTSI affiliates with questions related to study design and data analysis.
Please use this link to sign up for a BERD Drop-In Session and someone will be in touch to confirm your appointment.
Who is eligible?
Some pre-award BERD Center services are offered at no cost to investigators and trainees at institutions affiliated with Tufts CTSI; other services (post-award) are offered for a feeand are available to anyone.
Drop-in Sessions are open to anyone at an institution affiliated with Tufts CTSI, especially faculty members, fellows, residents, and graduate students.
Student projects are not eligible for these free services, but students engaged in faculty-led projects may receive free consultations if the Principal Investigator is a faculty member at a Tufts CTSI-affiliated organization and the faculty member participates in the consultation.
The BERD Center’s staff provides guidance in framing research questions, developing study designs, selecting statistical analyses appropriate for research aims, calculating and justifying sample size, evaluating threats to study validity, and addressing human subject concerns.
Grant and protocol development assistance is offered at no cost to faculty members and trainees at Tufts CTSI academic and hospital partner institutions and members of community partner institutions. For assistance, please submit a service request.
Student projects are not eligible for these free services, but students engaged in faculty-led projects may receive free consultations if the Principal Investigator is a faculty member at at Tufts CTSI-affiliated institution and the faculty member participates in the consultation.
BERD Center staff provide study design and statistical support for many different areas of clinical research. Our projects span the spectrum of translational science, ranging from pre-clinical animal studies to clinical research, health services research, quality improvement programs, and community-based research.
Many of the consulting and collaborative projects BERD Center staff members work on result in the development of grants and/or publications in peer-reviewed journals. Our statisticians and epidemiologists work with investigators typically through (1) funded effort through grants or other institutions, or (2) fee-for-service consulting.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions about Statistical Consulting (PDF).
To find a statistician for collaboration on a grant or funded project, or to learn about fee-for-service consulting, please submit a service request.
BERD Center members hold faculty and scientific staff appointments at Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine. They provide statistical and computational instruction and mentoring to students in the Clinical and Translational Science Graduate Program within the Tufts University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
Our team members also serve nationally as consultants to institutions, foundations, federal agencies, and corporations as well as on grant proposal review panels of the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies, as members of Data Safety and Monitoring Boards, and as reviewers and editors for a variety of scientific journals.
View our bios and contact information.
To contact us, please submit a service request.
Paola Sebastiani, PhD, Director, BERD Center
Norma Terrin, PhD, Scientific Director, BERD Center
Janis L. Breeze, MPH, Associate Director, BERD Center