Methodological and Statistical Advising

The objective of this research advising platform is centred on developing the full potential of research groups to generate data that are crucial for detecting, solving, and preventing problems related to patients’ health. It offers specialised biomathematical support that provides scientific rigour as well as special care in regards to design, implementation, and analysis. It provides scientific support for work that serves as a bridge between clinical and translational research.


Methodological and epidemiological advising.

  • Methodological advising and/or review of research protocols
  • Analysis of the reasons behind the rejection of any projects
  • Review of scientific articles

Statistical advising

  • Drafting of the statistical analysis strategy for data
  • Sampling and calculation of sample size
  • Design and refinement of databases for research
  • Descriptive analysis of data
  • Inferential statistics (bivariate and multivariate)
  • Evaluation of diagnostic tests, sensitivity, specificity, predictive values, and ROC curves.
  • Statistical validation of questionnaires and other measurement instruments
  • Other statistical techniques (Bayesian analysis, meta-analysis, genetic epidemiology, longitudinal data analysis, etc.)
  • Support in the use of free software for statistical analysis
  • Advising on the presentation of results for scientific dissemination
  • Review of scientific articles

Scientific advising.

  • Listen to the research interests and proposals from research group personnel. Advise and promote specific lines of action for translating these interests and proposals into a project or line of research. Promote the creation of new research groups
  • Obtain knowledge of the work done by the research groups in order to support the start of lines of research or of clinical innovation as well as to identify and foster possible inter-unit, inter-centre, and international collaborations
  • Support research group personnel in disseminating their experimental results in national and international forums
  • Revise scientific articles
  • Advise research groups on their research interests in order to define objectives and outline appropriate strategies for achieving them
  • Collaborate with Comprehensive Advising Unit personnel (OTT, OPI, Accreditation, and Project Managers) for training research group personnel. Identify and promote joint innovation projects and lines of work with companies in addition to the creation of companies in the healthcare field. Identification of and access to appropriate funding sources for research being conducted

Training activities.

  • Training in research methodology
  • Training in the use of free software for the statistical analysis of data
  • Training in advanced statistics
  • Training in the creation of a manuscript for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Training in critical reading of scientific literature
  • Specific training courses according to researchers’ needs


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