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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University Data Analysis & Coordinating Center

Research Study Life Cycle Support

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What We Do

Study Design and Development

We collaborate with lead investigators to design research studies that efficiently address scientific hypotheses, typically in a multicenter context. NUDACC faculty have experience designing a wide range of both observational studies and clinical trials. Learn more about study designs in our existing collaborations here.

Data Coordinating and Analysis

NUDACC is committed to providing rigorous and efficient research study infrastructure including data collection tool development, database development and maintenance, ongoing data quality assurance and curation, regulatory reporting and statistical analyses of accumulated data. NUDACC provides this expertise as part of research teams funded through grants or other mechanisms.

Grant Writing

NUDACC is committed to grant development with multidisciplinary investigators through a range of NIH R, U and P mechanisms. NUDACC faculty serve as PIs of independent data analysis and coordinating center applications, or as MPIs or Co-Is on single funding submissions. The optimal arrangement depends on the nature of the study and the funding mechanism. At this time, NUDACC does not charge for grant writing and development.

Study Life Cycle Components

Exemplar Activities
  • Prospective clinical or observational research study design
  • Sample size and power calculations
  • Grant writing
  • Randomization procedure development
  • Recruitment and feasibility studies
  • Protocol and Manual of Operations development
  • Data Management Plan development
  • Data and Safety Monitoring Plan development
Exemplar Activities
  • Data collection tool development, e.g. case report forms (CRFs)
  • Database construction and maintenance
  • Programming of automated range, logic and consistency checks
  • Data query management and resolution
  • De-identification and data security
  • Regulatory and ethics committee reporting including Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) reporting
Exemplar Activities
  • Statistical analysis plan development
  • Interim statistical analyses
  • Final statistical analyses
  • Manuscript development and dissemination of findings
  • Ancillary study development
  • Methodologic innovation
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