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CCTS Support Services


The primary focus of the Design, Biostatistics, and Research Ethics Support and Training (DBEST) Core is to collaborate with new investigators by providing design, analysis, research ethics and oversight support during all phases of a study, from conceptualization to dissemination of results. Such collaboration has been effective in correcting common design flaws which can invalidate conclusions, decrease efficiency, and increase patient risk. Our overall goal is to support as many unfunded clinical and translational investigators as possible through CCTS funding.

Biostatistics and design support is led by the Center for Biostatistics in conjunction with faculty from the Division of Biostatistics in the College of Public Health and from the Department of Statistics in the College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Research ethics support is provided by faculty in the College of Public Health who have played a prominent role in patient advocacy and research ethics and regulatory training in the OSU Medical Center.

Our primary goal is to provide support to new clinical and translation investigators.  A summary of our aims are:

  • Collaborative support for design, analysis and proposal planning to clinical and translational investigators
  • Consultation for ethical and regulatory issues
  • Educational programs on design, biostatistics and ethics
  • Statistical methods research that enhances the quality of clinical and translational research

Biostatistical support for clinical and translational investigations is provided through expertise which includes:

  • Clinical trial design (including adaptive designs)
  • Experimental and observational study design
  • High dimensional data study design and analysis
  • Methods research


Biostatistical collaboration is provided without charge for qualifying investigators/projects. Projects must be clinical and translational in nature. Support requests are prioritized according to the aims of the CCTS.

Priorities for clinical and translational projects are as follows

Highest Priority:

  • Collaborative teams
  • Funded CCTS Pilot Projects
  • Funded NIH K or T awards
  • New unfunded investigators with a senior mentor or submitting a proposal for funding

Second Priority:

  • CCTS fellows submitting proposals for funding
  • New unfunded investigators without a senior mentor submitting a proposal for funding

To apply for support please fill out a request form (note: this will take you to the main CCTS web site).

Ethics Support:

Ethics consultation is encouraged in the early stages of human subjects protocol development.  Ethics consultations is focused on but not limited to: study design, selection of subjects, recruitment, informed consent, and safety monitoring.  The overall objective is to enhance the quality of the project for IRB and/or sponsor submission.  For more information on research ethics support, please email us at ccts-regulatory@osumc.edu.