BERD Training Opportunities


The BERD core offers a range of educational opportunities that are responsive to the needs and schedules of the Buffalo Translational Consortium workforce, including faculty members, trainees and research staff. 

Statistical Workshop Series

The Statistical Workshop Series, co-sponsored by the BERD and Workforce Development cores, consist of self-contained modules on statistical topics with an emphasis on methods relevant to translational and clinical research.

Taught by BERD faculty, the workshops are provided in the form of lecture or computer lab, and have a duration of approximately two hours. Attendees learn the basics of statistical software, application of modelling techniques to data, and the study planning methods required by funding agencies and presented material is designed so to emphasize the practical aspects of biostatistics, epidemiology, and research design. Prerequisite videos and written materials are provided in advance. 

BERD Seminar Series

Thr BERD Deminar Series features high-level researchers associated with other CTSA hubs. Speakers are often identified through participation on the Association for Clinical and Translational Science BERD Special Interest Group. Previous seminars, designed for a non-statistical audience, held recently included the following:

  • Stanley Pounds, PhD, Director, Division for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Division of Genomics, Neuroimaging & Basic Science, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, presented “Innovative Methods for Integrated Analysis of Multiple Forms of Genomic Data with Multiple Endpoints Reveal Clinically Meaningful Insights into Pediatric AML Biology.”
  • Matthew McCall, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology, University of Rochester Medical Center, presented “Incorporating Uncertainty in the Estimation of Gene Regulatory Networks.”
  • Leah Welty, PhD, Preventive Medicine (Biostatistics) and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, presented “StatTag: A Reproducible Research Tool for Clinical and Translational Science.”  

BERD Summer Institute

A 2-3 day period where students are taught the principles and application of epidemiology and biostatistics

  • Target audience: Fellows, post-docs, graduate students, professionals
  • Local enrollment in summer 2019 (tentative); national enrollment in summer 2020