Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD)|
The Delaware Valley Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (DVICTS) will establish to ensure the conduct of high-quality translational research through focus on precise and coordinated application of expertise in study design, data handling, biostatistics, and educational efforts across all partner institutions, investigators, and collaborators. Four institutional partners are collaborating to develop DVICTS: the University of Delaware (UD), Thomas Jefferson University (TJU), Christiana Care Health System (CCHS), and Nemours—specifically including the A. I. duPont Hospital for Children (Nemours/AIDHC). Each of the four partner institutions has significant individual strengths in each area of translational research and education; however, overall effectiveness has been limited by the lack of organized inter- and intra-institutional coordination of translational activities.
DVICTS has established and will continuer to develop the Delaware Valley Unit for Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) to coordinate data management and epidemiologic and biostatistical resources across the four partner institutions. BERD will have a comprehensive and responsive organizational structure to support clinical and basic science groups within the Delaware Valley Unit for Pilot and Collaborative Translational and Clinical Studies (PCTCS) in T1 and T2 research and to work especially in cooperation with the Delaware Valley Unit for Community Engagement and Research (CER), the Delaware Valley for Participant and Clinical Interactions Resource (PCIR), and the Delaware Valley Unit for Biomedical Informatics (BMI), to develop T3 research in the State of Delaware and the surrounding areas of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey. These T3 resources, unique to our CTSA, will be important in (a) demonstrating the usefulness of outcomes achieved through research and evidence-based care and (b) showing that implementation studies can lead to better public and overall health. Because the demographics of the State of Delaware and the surrounding Delaware Valley mimic the nation at large, lessons learned here will be broadly applicable elsewhere (http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/10000.html. Accessed 4/13/2009). The specific aims of BERD are as follows: