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Research Methods

Frontiers ensures that two key functions that are critically important for conducting clinical and translational research – biostatistics, epidemiology and research design (BERD) and regulatory knowledge and support – are available to all Frontiers investigators.

Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD)

Provides support in:

  • Study design
  • Statistical analysis and planning
  • Data management

Offers assistance in:

  • Budget development & negotiation
  • Regulatory guidance & training
  • Coordination of study activation

Frontiers investigators have access to consultations that help them understand methodological and analytic issues for planning projects. A biostatistician with the most appropriate expertise is assigned to each Frontiers project development team, and this match-making is facilitated by the Biostatistics Navigator. While one biostatistician may be the main collaborator, the knowledge and resources of other BERD faculty and staff are available as needed. Support also includes statistical expertise, applying state-of-the-art techniques for pre-processing and quality control of high-throughput data sets, data science for integrating, visualizing and interpreting data across platforms, as well as providing statistical analyses and assisting with the interpretation of study results. The Frontiers BERD and Department of Biostatistics & Data Science offers online training via a short course and advanced formal training with a variety of certificate programs for those who qualify for admission.

Regulatory Knowledge and Support (RKS)

Frontiers is fortunate to have the wealth of expertise available through the University of Kansas Medical Center Research. These teams provide guidance and support services including grant management, regulatory oversight, clinical trials administration, contract support, and comprehensive research related training.

Additional information is available on the University of Kansas Medical Center Research Administration website.

Research Methods Contacts

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Jonathan Mahnken, Ph.D.

Lead Research Methods; Function Director Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD)

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Vince  Staggs, Ph.D.

Function Director, Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD)

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Lisa Hoebelheinrich, J.D.

Function Director Regulatory Knowledge and Support Function

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Jennifer Pennington

Research Support Navigator (IRB/Regulatory)

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Megan Tremblay

BERD Navigator

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