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The mission of the BCC is to support FSM investigators in the conduct of high-quality, innovative health-related research by providing expertise in biostatistics, statistical programming, and data management. BCC faculty and staff collaborate with investigators on all aspects of research: study design and grant development; data capture and statistical analysis; interpretation of results and manuscript preparation. The BCC contributes to all types of research, including basic science, clinical, epidemiological, and health services. The BCC also supports all level of investigators – from postdoctoral fellows to junior faculty and well-established investigators. BCC support ranges from multi-year collaborations to one-time consultations.

Services Offered

  • The BCC faculty and staff are eager to help you meet the statistical needs of your research. Our areas of expertise include but are not limited to:
    • Categorical Data Analysis
    • Survival Data Analysis
    • Longitudinal Data Analysis
    • Repeated Measures Data Analysis
    • Genetic Data Analysis
    • High Dimensional Data Analysis
    • Clinical Trial Design
    • Database Design and Management

How the BCC Works:

  • The BCC provides Northwestern affiliated investigators an initial one hour consultation, subsidized by the Feinberg Research Office. Grant writing (e.g. developing analysis plans, sample size calculations) is also supported at no cost to full-time Feinberg faculty at the level of instructor or higher. The goal is to cultivate a collaborative environment and establish relationships that will lead to successful grant applications.  Investigators may choose from the following models for collaboration:
    • Recharge/Fee-for-Service Model (Hourly Rate). For projects that require biostatistics expertise, but are limited in scope, the BCC supports a Recharge/Fee-for-service model.  For up-to-date service fees please visit the BCC Rates page. Once the scope of work has been agreed upon by the investigator and the BCC, the investigator will be billed on an hourly basis until the completion of the project
    • Grant Support Model. Grant writing (e.g. developing analysis plans, sample size calculations) is supported by the FSM Office for Research at no cost to the investigator. The goal is to cultivate a collaborative environment that will lead to successful grant applications. For grant applications that BCC faculty and staff help prepare and write, it is expected that the Principal Investigator will invite the BCC faculty to be the lead Biostatistician or Co-Investigator, and that the BCC Statistical Analysts will be included for % effort as appropriate. BCC involvement from the initial steps of the application helps ensure that study design, data analysis, and power analysis are appropriate and optimal, and increases the chances that the grant will be funded.

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Leah J. Welty, PhD

General Contact
Tel:  (312) 503-2288
Fax:  (312) 908-9588


680 North Lake Shore Drive, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60611


All manuscripts and grants presenting work supported by this core should include the following acknowledgement:

"This work was supported, in part, by the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, Grant Number UL1TR001422. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health."