Biostatistics Advice and Collaboration

The Biostatistics Group at the Joint Research Office (JRO) offers statistical collaboration and advice for biomedical researchers at UCL, UCLH and the Royal Free.

  • Researchers applying for support at the design or grant application stages of the project will receive priority over those seeking advice only at the analysis stage.
  • Please seek advice at the earliest possible stage and allow a realistic amount of time before deadlines (at least a month). 
  • Statisticians typically see researchers within 2 weeks of receiving the application form.

Study Design and Grant Application

Free advice is available for grant applications and study design. 

Research Collaborations

The Biostatistics group statistician will contribute to all aspects of study design eg assisting with choosing the most appropriate type of design, clarifying endpoints, selecting variables for inclusion and planning strategies to handle bias and missing data; sample size calculation; preparing a statistical analysis plan; generating randomisation lists where required. 

The statistician will perform all agreed pre-specified statistical analyses, help to interpret the results, contribute to the writing up of all publications and respond to reviewer's comments. They will attend study/steering group meetings as required and will write the statistical sections of protocols and grant applications.

In order to collaborate on the study, the Biostatistics group would expect the following from the investigators:

  • The statistician should be invited to be a co-applicant on study grant application.
  • The costs of the Biostatistics group involvement should be met (and should be factored into all grant applications, as appropriate).
  • The statistician should be invited to be an author for all appropriate publications.

Studies already in progress

  • Advice only: up to 2 free sessions of an hour each are available for studies already underway.
  • Analysis: statisticians typically will not analyse studies if they have not been involved at the study design stage. Analyses will be undertaken at the statistician's discretion subject to the methodological quality of the study and other commitments. Time required for analysis may be costed and it is expected that the statistician will be invited to be a co-author on any resulting publications.

Contact details

To make an appointment with a statistician, please fill in the Statistics form and return by e-mail or fax to Sarah Hayden at the address below.

Sarah Hayden, Biostatistics Group Administrator 

Joint Research Office (1st Floor Maple House), UCL

Gower Street, London WC1E 6DB 

Tel: +44 (0)20 3447 5195 Fax: +44 (0)20 3447 9937 

E-mail: biostatistics@uclh.nhs.uk