The Biostatistics Shared Resource includes doctoral- and masters-level statisticians who provide short-term consultation on specific projects, and long-term collaboration on studies. In some cases, support for certain categories of projects will be provided by specific consultants.
If you do not have an established relationship with one of the statisticians, please call 212-851-5190, or contact the director by email to discuss your project needs so that he may assign someone to consult with you.
Having an understanding the Biostatistics Policies outlined below will help the consultants deliver timely and effective support services to investigators:
1. In general, the priorities for statistical work (from highest to lowest) are:
- Grant preparation
- Abstracts for national meetings, and other reports with fixed deadlines
- Protocol design and review
- Laboratory, animal, and epidemiology study design and review
- Short-term consultation
- Study monitoring, analysis, manuscript preparation, and replies to manuscript reviews
- Education of users
2. In order to better manage work-flow on projects with external deadlines, the Biostatistics Shared Resource requires that the Director and consultants:
- Be informed of new program project grant application submissions (e.g. P01, SPORE) at least 6 months before the deadline
- Be informed of new R01 and K series grant application submissions at least 1 month before the deadline
- Be provided with data sets for an analysis prior to abstract submission (e.g., for ASCO, AACR, ASH, ASTRO) at least 1 month before the deadline
- Will only work on analysis and reporting for abstract presentations (e.g., for ASCO, AACR, ASH, ASTRO meetings) if the Director/consultant was notified at the time of abstract submission and the assigned statistician was given enough time to comment on the abstract at the time of submission.
The Biostatistics Shared Resource operates as a consultative service without a chargeback. This is the case for several reasons:
- A substantial portion of the work of the statisticians supports clinical trials which may not have a funding source that can be charged for statistical consulting.
- The Biostatistics SR provides advice on the design and experimental methods for the initial submission of program grants. Investigators usually do not have funding for statistical consulting during grant preparation work. When statisticians assist in the preparation of large, collaborative grants, those applications always request separate funding for statistics as part of the grant budget. When these large grants are funded, continuing statistical collaboration is supported directly by that grant.
- Biostatistical consulting is inherently an iterative enterprise, and it is not always easy to predict the time that will be needed to match an efficient design with other constraints of a study. We believe that, within limits, the science of the HICCC is best served by producing the best possible designs and analyses without regard to additional constraints imposed by a charging structure for statistical consulting.