BERD Methods Core



Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Methods Core is a team of faculty and staff methodologists across several departments with diverse and extensive experience conducting a broad range of research projects. The BERD Core is partially supported with funds from Duke’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (Duke CTSA) and housed within Duke's Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics.


The BERD Core has two main objectives:

  1. We help investigators navigate the quantitative and qualitative resource landscape at Duke (and partner institutions) to identify appropriate methodologists for collaboration;
  2. We provide biostatistics support on projects through established collaborative teams and build additional biostatistics resources as needed.

Need an expert for your project?

The BERD Core helps connect investigators with the appropriate quantitative or qualitative methodologist for their research. There are three ways to find the appropriate resource:
  1. Visit to learn more about these resources and to find contact information. 
  2. Fill out our collaboration request form and we will attempt to identify a collaborator for your project needs.
  3. Email us at to set up a time to meet for office hours (see more information below).

Want to attend office hours?

We hold office hours on an as-needed basis for investigators looking to be connected to a methodologist, to learn more about our collaboration process, or to answer basic analysis or study design questions. Please review the information above and if your questions have not been answered, email us at to set up a time to meet.

Need training? 

The Core has several education initiatives in the works, including mentorship and collaboration with local undergraduate and graduate programs for future biostatisticians, and development of an online training series for clinical researchers. Please check our site often for updates in our education program.