The importance of statistics in research has been established; the important role of biostatistics and bioinformatics in health research has also been recognized.

Transdisciplinary research in health disparities requires similar support in terms of biostatistics. The biostatistics design and analysis support will be provided through the Biostatistics Design and Analysis Support (BDAS) group, which will function as part of the Administrative Core and will be organized and co-led by chief statisticians at both UMN and UAB. The BDAS group will serve as the hub for all statistical and bioinformatics needs. Members of the BDAS group will provide biostatistics and bioinformatics expertise in the planning, conduct, analysis, reporting, and dissemination of all collaborative research projects, including all pilot projects conducted by academic institutions and community partners. From idea inception to data analysis and interpretation of results, the BDAS group will provide guidance and services on study design and monitoring, sample size calculation, database construction, data management and quality control, and data analysis, to ensure that all research studies and pilot projects reflect contemporary best practices in biostatistics and bioinformatics.

The specific aims of the BDAS group are:

Aim 1: Provide statistical and bioinformatics supports for collaborative and pilot projects regarding study design, data management, and data analysis;

Aim 2: Provide biostatistics and bioinformatics mentorship to junior faculty and early-stage investigators;

Aim 3: Safeguard the privacy of participants and protect confidential data to assure HIPAA compliance;

Aim 4: Establish regional biostatistics and bioinformatics capabilities to provide resources to scientists interested in conducting transdisciplinary collaborative research in men’s health.