University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Biostatistical Consulting (Two Methods)

The mission of the Biostatistics Consulting Service is to promote excellence in medical research in the UW Department of Medicine by providing statistical support and collaboration. The Biostatistics Consulting Service offers Department of Medicine (DOM) members statistical support in the design, conduct and analysis of basic, clinical and population-based research studies. Statistical consultation is especially valuable during the planning stage of a research study or a proposal for extramural funding. The involvement of biostatisticians in data analyses strengthens the credibility of the study findings in the medical research community. DOM offers the following two methods of biostatistical consulting;

Method One: Central Biostatistician (Service for Junior Faculty, Fellows and Trainees)

Please click on the link below to get started.

Department of Medicine Biostatistics Consultation Form
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Currently, the Department of Medicine Biostatistician assists the statistical work of junior faculty, fellows and trainees. These individuals should contact the biostatistician earlier on in the process of developing an idea or project design.


  • Study Design (Experimental/Observational)
  • Data collection/Data Monitoring
  • Problem Definition
  • Analysis of a complete study(Risk analysis, odds analysis, meta-analysis, survival analysis etc)
  • Qualitative Analysis using Nvivo
  • Description of statistical methods
  • Statistical analysis plan for a grant
  • Preliminary analysis for a proposal or grant
  • General review of complete methodology
  • Review of RedCap instruments and codebook
  • Manuscript editing and organization
  • Graphics for presentation/publication
  • Instructional assistance to learn a statistical software (SAS, SPSS, STATA, others upon request)
  • Poster design (Layout, re-sizing and quality)
  • Public health/Epidemiology Concepts

Method Two: Institute for Clinical and Translational Research or Cancer Center

Please go to ICTR website to sign up for assistance (Senior Faculty):

Consulting on the planning and experimental design of studies:

  • Problem definition
  • Experimental design
  • Randomization and stratification
  • Sample size requirements
  • Determination of appropriate statistical methodology

Assisting in the conduct of clinical studies:

  • Data monitoring
  • Interim analyses

Analyzing completed experiments and studies:

  • Statistical data analysis
  • Interpretation of statistical results

Preparation of presentations and publications

  • Description of statistical methods
  • Appropriate citations to the statistical literature
  • Review of results and conclusions


Database programming

Jinn-Ing Liou - Health Services Researcher

Oversees the management, development and production of research data to ensure timely delivery of analyses and provide accurate reporting

  • Analyze/determine needs of faculty for outcomes research data and develop retrieval mechanisms and outcomes research datasets
  • Provide information and reports on outcomes research data structure, quality, and accrual.
  • Design and develop a system of databases for researching healthcare outcomes research data in a format suitable for analysis
  • Manage and monitor outcomes research data acquisition and conversion to implement a quality control system
  • Design, develop, code, and document programs for integrating healthcare outcomes research data.
  • Interface with IT support staff on networking, hardware and software issues, as needed. Participate in regular meetings of management, staff and researchers, as needed.