Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Core


What we do

​BERD ​(Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design) facilitates research design and biostatistical expertise for credible evidence generation across the spectrum of clinical and translational research. The BERD core is comprised of faculty and staff with methodological expertise in health care research and can be provided in either consultative or collaborative frameworks. This aim is already high functioning and provides individual consultative services, seminars, workshops, degree/certificate programs and pilot grants.

Consultation services

  • Help develop research protocols and enhance methodological planning
  • Offer new training opportunities
  • Provide new methodological innovations
  • Design and analysis of clinical and translational research studies across the T1-T4 spectrum
  • Apply innovative approaches to study design, data collection, and statistical analysis in a variety of areas including adaptive and Bayesian clinical trial design and comparative effectiveness research

For example, we connect investigators with research staff in collaborating centers such as the Preventive Intervention Center to design questionnaires using formats that are most appropriate for the target audience and to design databases for managing questionnaire data.

Building capacity in comparative effectiveness research (CER) is central to our integrated and interdisciplinary activities across the ICTS.

To request analytical support from BERD, please fill out this form.

BERD prioritizes projects based on its involvement in study development (analysis planning, data collection, etc.), as well as funding availability for support.

BERD needs assessment survey

Findings from this survey will inform our BERD team about the needs in your department and help us design training programs that can address those needs. If you have not had a chance to take the survey yet, we would appreciate your completing it, which should take you less than 10 minutes.

Collaboration with other CTSA institutions 

  • Implement software for clinical research management
  • Evaluation and tracking
  • Support the development of novel methods of adjusting for selection bias in CER studies


We offer coursework and degree programs to support clinical and translational research that complements the ICTS' Translational Biomedicine MS and certificate programs.

Contact information

Patrick Ten Eyck


Help the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Iowa continue making new strides in medical research by citing the NIH CTSA program grant UM1TR004403.