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Initial Consultations

Long-term interactions with the Collaborative Unit often begin with an initial consultation. Initial consultations are available, at no cost, to all MUSC investigators. These consultations are intended to help foster MUSC's research infrastructure and are an important step in determining the necessary expertise required for a grant application. Consistent with the unit's grant development mission, no analyses are undertaken as a part of the initial consultation, but general guidance about analytical issues can be offered.

Grant Application Assistance

As a URRF, the CU's primary mission is to collaborate with MUSC investigators in developing competitive grant applications. In doing so, the CU assists in deriving appropriate study designs; estimating sample size and power; determining appropriate data analyses; and preparing/reviewing relevant sections of the grant proposal.

For grants that would benefit from the involvement of a faculty biostatistician, epidemiologist, or bioinformatician, the CU can assist in introducing DBE faculty to the research team. This is particularly advantageous to new investigators and investigators new to the University.

Activities associated with grant development, including the analysis of preliminary data, are available free to MUSC researchers and available for a fee to researchers outside MUSC.

Cost Reimbursement Services*

*Cost reimbursement services are considered on a case-by-case basis through initial consultations with investigators. For a project to be selected for hourly cost reimbursement services, the CU administration must determine the activities are relevant to unit's vision.

Data Analysis and Interpretation

Through the diverse expertise of DBE faculty, the unit can provide data analysis for a wide variety of medical, health, and biological research. DBE faculty provide interpretations of statistical results, which are presented and discussed with the investigators, for all statistical analyses.

Manuscript Preparation/Review

The presentation of results is an integral part of the consulting process. For all analyses carried out by the unit, we will assist in the preparation of statistical sections of manuscripts, if requested by the investigator. Consultants should be considered for co-authorship when they have made significant scientific or intellectual contributions to the work reported or when they share in the responsibility and accountability for the results. See the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication at for additional authorship guidelines.

Data Management

The CU can assist investigators in evaluating the overall data management requirements for particular research projects. However, the CU only makes recommendations on formulating an appropriate data management plan as part of grant development. For projects requiring the execution of a data management plan, we recommend that investigators contact Dr. Yuko Palesch, Director of the Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Epidemiology's Data Coordination Unit, for additional information and pricing. This unit is separate from the Collaborative Unit, but is a departmental unit committed to all issues related to data management, data coordination and related data processing matters.

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