Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Research Design (BERD)

The Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Research Design Core (BERD) was created to enhance clinical and translational research across the NJ ACTS community by providing professional, high quality study design, quantitative and qualitative (mixed methods) data analysis, survey research and data management services, development of innovative methodologies, as well as extensive group and individual training and instruction in biostatistics, epidemiology, and research design. These efforts, while supporting junior faculty and other investigators across the NJ ACTS and larger Rutgers and RWJ Barnabas Health community, were built with a particular focus on ensuring quality skills-based training opportunities for trainees.

BERD Mini-Methods Grant Program - Now Accepting Applications!
The Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Mini-Methods Grant program offers one-year awards of up to $25,000 to investigators developing methodology for innovative study designs, new statistical models, novel applications of an existing method to areas in which such a method has not been previously employed, etc., all with potential to benefit other clinical and translational science researchers.
 
BERD seeks proposals that:
 
(1) Develop innovative measurement and/or analytic methods that identify disparate patterns of disease or identify factors that might be key in leading to differential responses to therapy
(2) Solve health challenges encountered by existing translational research projects within NJACTS
(3) Demonstrate the potential for future independent funding.
 
BERD especially encourage proposals that: (1) relate to studies being undertaken by TL1/KL2 trainees with methodological challenges; and/or (2) include researchers from two or more of the participating institutions (Rutgers, Princeton, and NJIT).
 
Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis.
 
 

Contact Us:

Jason Roy, PhD
RUBIES Director
732-235-9168
jason.roy@rutgers.edu
Patricia Greenberg, MS
RUBIES Manager
732-235-6093
patricia.greenberg@rutgers.edu

 

BERD Workshop Training Series

Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Workshops provide educational opportunities for clinical and translational researchers to develop basic skills and understanding in study design and data analysis.

Current Workshops

Date & TimeTitle 
5-19-22
3pm
Interactive Visualization with R ShinyJiayi Ji, MS, Biostatistician for RUBIES
4-21-22
3pm
Advanced Graphics in RKylie Getz, MS, Biostatistician for RUBIES
3-17-22
3pm
Causal Mediation AnalysisJason Roy, PhD, Chair, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology & RUBIES Director
2-17-22
3pm
Introduction to Causal Inference and Propensity ScoresJason Roy, PhD, Chair, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology & RUBIES Director
1-20-22
3pm
Preparing for Research: An Introduction to QI & Research Study Designs and Sample Size CalculationsPatricia Greenberg, MS, Administrative Manager & Senior Biostatistician for RUBIES

 

Additional Workshop Resources are available in CANVAS including:

  1. Setting the Stage: An Introduction to Biostatistics and Epidemiology for Researchers
  2. Statistical Design Considerations for Randomized and Exploratory Clinical Trials
  3. Best Practices in Data Management for Researchers
  4. Introduction to R for Clinical and Translational Research

NJ ACTS Biostatistics and Epidemiology Workshop Series
To access BERD CANVAS content, contact Jennifer Zabala

 

Jennifer Zabala
Executive Assistant
732-235-9795
Email: zabalaje@sph.rutgers.edu
BERD Mini-Methods Grants - Awarded 2019 and 2020
InvestigatorProject TitleYear Awarded
Wei (Vivian) LiUnderstanding Cell Type Specific Gene Regulatory Networks2019
Yaqun WangNew Statistical Models for Cancer and Precision Medicine Studies with PDX Trial2019
Suril GohelMultimodal Neuroimaging Based Markers of AD Progression2019
Mark McGovernHow Common are Missing Data in HIV RCTs and How is the Problem Handled? Gathering Preliminary Data to Assess the Consequences of Assuming Missing at Random.2020
BERD Recommended Resources
RUBIES Project Support

Rutgers University Biostatistics & Epidemiology Services (RUBIES) is a center within Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and the Rutgers School of Public Health that provides fee-for statistical support, including design, programming, data management, and data analysis, to investigators throughout Rutgers University. RUBIES team members complete requested services with the Faculty Director or other associated Faculty members where appropriate.

To request RUBIES services, click here.

 

Contact Us:

Jason Roy, PhD
RUBIES Director
732-235-9168
jason.roy@rutgers.edu
Patricia Greenberg, MS
RUBIES Manager
732-235-6093
patricia.greenberg@rutgers.edu

 

Leadership Team

Perry Halkitits, PhD, MS, MPH

Perry Halkitits, PhD, MS, MPH

Dean

Professor, Depts. of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and Urban-Global Public Health
Director, Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS)
Rutgers School of Public Health
Email: perry.halkitis@rutgers.edu

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Jason Roy, PhD

Jason Roy, PhD

Chair and Professor

Dept. of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Rutgers School of Public Health
Director, Rutgers University Biostatistics and Epidemiology Services Center (RUBIES)
Email: jason.roy@rutgers.edu

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Zhi Wei, PhD

Zhi Wei, PhD

Professor & Associate Chair for Graduate Studies

Brandon Stewart, PhD

Brandon Stewart, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology
Department of Politics, Office of Population Research
Princeton University
Email: bms4@princeton.edu

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Patricia Greenberg, MS

Patricia Greenberg, MS

Manager & Senior Biostatistician

Rutgers University Biostatistics and Epidemiology Services Center (RUBIES)
Email: patricia.greenberg@rutgers.edu

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