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Get help from data experts: April 19 CTSI Design Studio with Bruce Vogel, PhD

Published: March 8th, 2017

Category: Education, Event, Feature, News, Uncategorized

temp_design_studioDo you need assistance with the analysis of pilot data for your grant submission? Designing an experiment? Getting overwhelmed with a lot of data?

We can help!

Come to the CTSI Design Studio! Professional biostatisticians, epidemiologists and team members will consult on your project. Lunch will be provided!

The CTSI Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Program hosts these studios the third Wednesday of every month, free of charge. The studio is an opportunity for UF investigators to informally discuss their translational research ideas and questions with BERD faculty members. By providing free, informal and early access to BERD experts, the studio aims to help investigators save time and strengthen their study designs and results.

Any UF investigator is invited to attend to discuss new study proposals, ideas for data analysis, or a statistical or data analysis topic of interest. Each studio typically begins with a topical presentation (30 minutes including Q&A), followed by small group discussions focused on attendees’ specific study designs. Studio attendance is limited to ensure participants benefit from individual time with BERD experts.

BERD also provides basic, walk-in statistical guidance for research on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Clinical and Translational Research Building (CTRB) 5212. In addition, you may schedule an appointment with a BERD Data Analyst or an epidemiologist.

Speaker: Bruce Vogel, Ph.D.
Topic: Observational Studies in Health Services Research and Health Economics
When:  April 19, 2017 (third Wednesday of the month), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: CTRB 2161 South

Vogel, a faculty member and health economist in the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy, will discuss some of the common issues and approaches used in the analysis of observational data in health services research and health economics studies. In particular, he will discuss selection bias (also known as endogeneity bias), why it is pervasive in observational studies, and some of the approaches that can be used to address it, including difference-in-differences designs and instrumental variables estimation. He will also briefly discuss cost-effectiveness analysis and its role in clinical research.

Lunch will be served. Limited to 8 participants. For questions, contact April Braxton at

RSVP for April 19, 2017 Design Studio


Keep an eye out for the next studio, which will be announced in this space as well as in the CTSI email newsletter.