I don’t remember where I first heard of this, but I always loved the title:

The Care and Feeding of the Biostatistician

It was written by the collaborator of a biostatistician from John’s Hopkins, but covering some of the challenges we biostatisticians face in our consultations/collaborations. It’s a good read to prep yourself for working with us, though not all pieces will apply. I’ve been doing this job for nearly 20 years and my “art” is still not perfect in managing different expectations in all situations. Maybe a quick read will help you know where we’re coming from when we say all the annoying things we say. 😉


Thank you Advance-CTR for sponsoring our new web site! Incidentally, Faculty doing Clinical or Translational Research can also approach Advance-CTR for assistance. See their web site for details. We’re all friends working together to support the Clinical/Translational Research mission of Rhode Island.

Appointment Types

All trainees, staff, faculty, and external researchers may schedule a general appointment to meet with a member of our team. The departments of Diagnostic Imaging and Orthopaedics have reserved department-specific time that is available to individuals in those departments. In addition, individuals in the departments of Medicine, Surgery, Urology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Ophthalmology, Emergency Medicine, Plastic Surgery, and/or the Women’s Medicine Collaborative may schedule a Pooled Support appointment.

Classes & Labs

  • We have a small lab in our Grads Dorm location with 4 workstations with internet access. We leverage this space to teach small applied classes in response to common requests.
  • We are expanding our REDCap classes to larger groups and locations throughout the state as part of Advance-CTR

Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap)

Lifespan’s REDCap is free to use for Lifespan projects. Visit this site to gain access, log-in, and find useful links specific to REDCap.

Interested in Systematic and Literature reviews?

We don’t specialize in systematic or literature reviews in our core but there are many resources available if you want to pursue this type of research. The Brown library has resources as well as the Brown School of Public Health.