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.



  1. Link investigators with methodologists across Duke and partner institutions, who have expertise in the quantitative/qualitative methods required for collaboration; and
  2. Collaborate with an interdisciplinary network of clinical and translational investigators at Duke by providing expertise in study design, real world evidence, implementation of quantitative/qualitative methodology, and interpretation of results.

The BERD Core can:

  • Develop appropriate teams to facilitate collaborative relationships between methodologists (including but not limited to experts in biostatistics, bioinformatics, data science, and qualitative research) and basic and clinical investigators
  • Provide expertise and guidance on all aspects of study design, statistical methodology implementation, and results interpretation
  • Participate in protocol development and grant applications with design, analysis considerations, and power/sample size calculations
  • Collaborate with the Duke Office of Clinical Research (DOCR), Duke Health Technology Solutions (DHTS) in database design and programming
  • Design and conduct statistical analyses for prospective and retrospective studies
  • Collaborate on manuscript preparation, serve as co-authors
  • Provide methodological and statistical education and training for both methodology experts and investigators

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 is housed within the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics and calls upon that department’s faculty and graduate students. 

Ways to start a Collaboration

  • Submit a collaboration request form
  • Attend walk-in office hours, every Monday 9:00 to 10:00am in Hock Plaza, Floor 11, Room 1101****Update 3/13/2020 Office hours will be held remotely until further notice.  Please contact Lauren Howard at to schedule a time to discuss. 
  • Contact your Clinical Research Unit (CRU) manager or CRU biostatistician
  • For questions about building a collaboration with methodologists contact Statistical Research Scientist & BERD Methods Core Director, Gina-Maria Pomann, PhD.

Note: Because the Biostatistics Shared Resource is not a fee for service core, it is not eligible for the SOM Core Facility Voucher Program

Core Education Initiatives

We present an online video training series that aims to promote collaborations between researchers in the biomedical field and biostatistics. All of the presentations use a case study format to discuss important statistical topics used in the study and focus on the interpretations and applications in public health.

Core Seminar Series

The Applied Biostatistics Seminar Series consists of a series of talks with the primary purpose of furthering statistical knowledge on an applied level. Each seminar focuses on advances in biostatistical methods and statistical programming techniques and their translation into addressing biomedical research questions. The seminars are open to all members of the Duke community, but primarily geared toward applied statistical researchers.

Download Biostatistics Core Documents