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UC Davis MIND Institute

UC Davis MIND Institute

Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Research Design Core

The UC Davis MIND Institute IDDRC Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Research Design (BBRD) Core provides comprehensive statistical support to assist the IDDRC investigators and their projects at all stages of the research process. The BBRD Core is a new resource for the MIND Institute and UC Davis researchers studying IDD. BBRD faculty and staff have extensive experience on a broad range of IDD-related clinical and laboratory studies, assisting with study design, protocol and proposal development, data analysis, and publication of results. The BBRD Core also assists with the planning and development of research-related data management systems. The BBRD Core services are matched to the special needs of each of the IDDRC clinical, laboratory and population-based studies and cover a full range of services from routine analysis support to innovative methods developed specifically to enhance the research efforts of the IDDRC interdisciplinary team. The core also collaborates with other IDDRC cores, notably on informatics infrastructure and database development. Basic consulting services are generally provided free of charge to the IDDRC members. Members requiring extensive assistance for long-term projects are expected to provide regular salary support to a Core statistician.


The Core provides the following services:

  • Study Design
    • Provide advice on all aspects of statistical design and analysis planning
    • Support protocol development and grant applications with design recommendations and power/sample size calculations
  • Data Collection and Database
    • Assist in the design of the data abstraction, including identifying variables to collect and defining variable fields
    • Advice on database structure and data safety monitoring
    • Monitor clinical trials for adverse events and data quality
  • Data Analysis and Reporting
    • Evaluate and conduct statistical analysis for clinical and laboratory studies
    • As needed, the core works to develop and refine statistical methods and software
    • Summarize and interpret the results of the statistical analyses in relation to the research objective or hypothesis.
    • Collaborate on abstract and manuscript preparation
  • Education and Training
    • Contribute to the training and mentoring of predoctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and IDDRC investigators in the areas of biostatistics and research design
    • Provide IDDRC-wide workshops on a quarterly basis on a range of topics pertinent to IDDRC research.

BBRD On-Line Request

Click here to submit a BBRD on-line request for statistical support


Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Ph.D., Core Director

Kyoungmi Kim, Ph.D.,  Co- Director

Blythe Durbin-Johnson, Ph.D., Staff Statistician

Ana Maria Iosif, Ph.D., Faculty Statistician

Danielle Harvey, Ph.D., Faculty Statistician

Chin-Shang Li, Ph.D., Faculty Statistician

Sandra Taylor, Core Manager