BISC Services

BISC specializes in providing consulting services, primarily in the area of statistics, to clients involved in health science research. While our primary expertise lies in research studies within academia, we also support studies conducted by industry, including large-scale epidemiological studies, preclinical studies, clinical studies supporting drug, biologic, and device development, and non-clinical research. Our team has over twenty years experience collaborating with researchers in academic settings, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and industry.

BISC supports clients with needs in the area of experimental study design, data analysis, grant proposal writing, manuscript preparation, data monitoring committee reporting, randomization scheme generation, clinical study reporting, and consultation for FDA presentations. We have experience in a broad range of areas, including but certainly not limited to women’s and infant health, cancer, sexually transmitted disease, sleep, cardiovascular disease, behavioral research, risk perceptions of various diseases, adolescent obesity, mental disorders, domestic partner violence, youth wellness, telemedicine, and psychometrics.

Confidentiality

We understand the importance and necessity of confidentiality, and provide all of our prospective clients with a Non-Disclosure Agreement immediately upon contact. This ensures you that your research will not be shared with any third parties, and your consultation with us is completely confidential.

Manuscript Writing for Publication

BISC researchers work closely with clients who are writing or designing a study with the aim of publishing in a peer-reviewed journal. Our team of highly trained statisticians with diverse backgrounds is available to assist you through the various phases involved in the creation of a publishable research paper:

Methods

Our team is skilled at defining appropriate methodology to be used in your study, even in the presence of a non-standard experimental design or statistical approach. We are proficient in methods and procedures of virtually any level of complexity, from content/thematic analysis to regression analysis, including linear, logistic, weighted, ordinal, etc. We also have experience in the publication of studies involving complex sample survey methodology.

Results

The BISC team will conduct your data analysis using any software package required or preferred. These tools include, but are not limited to, SPSS, SAS, Stata, R, JMP, Mplus, and MATLAB. BISC will provide comprehensive summaries of analytic findings, including visual data displays and tables, using language that is easily understood by readers with a non-technical background.

Discussion

How do the results relate to findings from other research papers?
What are their implications for policy-making?
What are their limitations?

Our team will work with you to address these questions, and incorporate the information into your discussion section. This will allow for a strong closing section to your manuscript.

In summary, BISC can assist you throughout the various phases of a scientific study, with the rigor and level of complexity required for publication. Our contribution will maximize the likelihood that your study will be accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The BISC team has an impressive publication record, with over 300 manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals.

Grant Writing Assistance

Proper preparation and presentation of your grant proposal is essential to securing external funding to support your research project. Working with a trained statistician with grant preparation and writing experience, as well as a proven track record, will dramatically increase your chances of being funded.

The top reason for grant rejection is a poorly designed research plan with inappropriate and/or specific detail related to the statistical methodology proposed.

Securing grant funding requires a convincing and compelling argument, backed up with a solid research methodology plan, including sophisticated statistical analysis and support.

We will work with you to prepare a grant proposal that is built upon a sound hypothesis that will produce solid, useful and reliable results directed at helping the funding agency better address the needs of its clients and community. We will work with you to present a concrete research plan with a detailed description of statistical analysis methodology, procedures, controls, and a solid evaluation plan to allow the funding agency to monitor effectiveness and assess whether the funds are making a difference. We will propose sound research methods that have proven practical application to the problems and issues at hand.

The second most frequently sited reason for grant proposal rejection is a lack of competence in the proposed investigators.

A successful grant proposal depends on the credentials of the individuals performing the research, and upon their track record or past research efforts. Teaming with a trained statistician possessing a proven funded track record will greatly increase your chances of being funded. As collaborative research team members in academia and industry, the BISC team has an outstanding record of productivity, with an impressive funding record and more than 300 manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals.

Thesis or Dissertation Assistance

We offer comprehensive statistics consulting for graduate students working on their thesis or dissertation. We work with students at all stages of the process, from those in the earliest stages (deciding what topic to study) to those in the later stages (only needing their data analyzed and Chapter 4 completed). As a PhD candidate seeking dissertation assistance, BISC can offer the following:

  • We offer personalized and comprehensive statistics support via phone and email. We will work with you until you are comfortable with the product, as we consider ourselves educators and mentors. We can create PowerPoint presentations or other visual tools to help you present your research findings.
  • We have the ability to support highly complex statistical analyses.
  • We go beyond advising you in your methods and findings. We participate in the preparation of your methods (Chapter 3) and results (Chapter 4) sections, and work with you until you understand them.
  • We come highly recommended by the graduate students we’ve worked with. We are members in good standing with the Statistical Consulting section of the American Statistical Association.
  • We have expertise with most statistical software packages, including, but not limited to:
    • SPSS, SAS, R, Minitab, Stata, and SPlus for traditional statistics
    • JMP for machine learning techniques (e.g., decision tree modeling, random forests)
    • Mplus, LISREL, and AMOS for structural equation modeling (SEM) and path analysis
    • MATLAB for simulations and bootstrapping
    • NVIVO, NUDIST, and ATLAS for qualitative work

For students in the early stage of their research, we will work with you to fully understand your research topic. We will review and digest the work you have produced thus far (your earlier chapters, your proposal, etc), as well as any articles you suggest. Following this, we will be prepared to propose a logical plan for moving forward.

We then work on your statistical methodology. If you have not yet collected your data, we will assist you with the optimal sampling strategy for the data to be collected. We will also determine the sample size required for your study, as well as examine the reliability and validity of your constructs. Experimental design (planning the collection of data) is a critically important step in the project, as resources expended on poor design typically cannot be recovered in the data analysis phase.

The next step is to work up a draft of your methods section (Chapter 3) in APA format to be submitted to your committee for feedback. We will work with you to make any and all changes required by your committee for final approval, regardless of the time it requires.

If your study requires assistance with data entry, we can help you to set up a template, or we can provide data entry at a reasonable extra charge.

For students with a completed methods section, and data in hand, we are available to analyze your data using the most appropriate methodology. We are proficient with most statistical methods and statistical software packages, including SPSS, SAS, R, Stata, and SPlus for traditional statistics, Mplus/LISREL/AMOS for structural equation modeling or path analysis, JMP for machine learning techniques, NVIVO/NUDIST for qualitative work, and many other relevant statistical packages.

Following the analysis of your data, we will send you a professional draft of your results (Chapter 4). This will include tables and figures in APA format, along with a detailed summary of the findings. Professional APA editing is available for the remainder of your thesis/dissertation (Chapters 1 and 2) at a reasonable fee.

We pride ourselves in providing ongoing support in the form of interpretation of the results, providing ample instruction on the methods used (and why), suggested reading materials for you to greater understand the particular statistical methods used, providing you with a PowerPoint slide deck of the main points of the results, and allowing an open line of communication to ensure that you completely understand the results of the analysis and are comfortable discussing them freely. This includes preparation for your defense and peer review process.

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Clinical Research

BISC provides sophisticated research services to individual researchers and companies ranging from market research firms interested in determining physicians and customers drug preferences to pharmaceutical companies interested in implementing clinical trials to test new drugs. We have published academic research work in national and international medical journals across a broad range of clinical topics. Our team has been instrumental in the development, analysis, and reporting of all phases of clinical trials and experimental procedures.

Our services cover the entire medical and biostatistics research spectrum. We can assist you with the specification of your clinical trial or experimental design, including sampling design, power analysis, and sample size calculations. BISC can also provide the data analysis and statistical modeling of the data from those studies, as well as interpret the findings for their clinical relevence. Finally, our team also provides medical research report writing services that explain even the most complex methods and analyses in straightforward terminology.

The BISC team has the education and industry experience necessary to execute a data analysis strategy for your clinical studies. The BISC team can provide the following services:

  • Statistical Analysis Plans
  • Interim Analyses/Interim Analysis Plans
  • Efficacy and Safety Data Analyses
  • Data Analyses/Meta Analyses for INDs, IDEs, NDAs, 510Ks, PMAs, ANDAs, and BLAs
  • Stand Alone Statistical Reports
  • Integrated Clinical Study Reports

BISC SAS programmers are adept at producing data displays that are concise and easily reviewed by regulatory authorities. BISC programmers provide the following services exclusively with SAS software:

  • SAS Programming for Efficacy Tables, Listings and Graphs
  • SAS Programming for Safety Tables, Listings and Graphs
  • Electronic Document Integration
  • SAS Programming for Integrated Safety and Efficacy Summaries
  • IND Safety Report Programming
  • Interim Analysis Programming
  • SAS Programming Support for Independent DMC Statistician

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