Methodological and Statistical Consulting

The clinical units have enormous potential to generate data that will be crucial to identify, solve and prevent problems related to the health of patients. In order to develop this potential the ECAI was established as an advisory platform for research in clinical units that promotes the recruitment of researchers in IBIMA’s priority research areas to facilitate the generation of therapeutic and biotechnological solutions in the Andalusian Public Health System.

The multidisciplinary approach of the ECAI AME combines the expertise of statisticians and epidemiologists with that of scientific researchers and the technology transfer unit establishing a bridge between these skills and expertise and project management and data generated in the research groups and clinical units. In this scenario, the ECAI AME exercises its support and methodological and statistical advice offering specialized biomathematical support that adds rigor and special care with regard to the design, implementation and analysis of epidemiological research for their special characteristics. It also provides scientific support that serves as a bridge between clinical and translational research, and basic and applied research that is developed in the research and technology centers that helps bring together the different scientific disciplines with the aim of generating synergies that contribute to the development of therapeutic and biotechnological solutions from the Public Health System in Andalusia.

  • Objectives
  • Services
  • Members

The main objectives of the ECAI offered to the different research groups are:

  • Provide methodological and statistical support to researchers in the presentation and preparation of proposals and throughout their development to promote research and increasing funding opportunities
  • Provide higher quality in the design, development and communication of research results
  • Offer expert advice on the implementation of sophisticated statistical techniques
  • Increase the technical quality of statistical analysis favoring the use of data and publication in high impact journals
  • Provide scientific advice to researchers
  • Encourage curricular training of researchers
  • To foster scientific culture in the clinical investigators
  • Advice and support in the presentation of results for scientific dissemination
  • Organize training activities in methodological, statistical and scientific aspects aimed at health professionals interested in research

Counseling and / or methodological review of the research protocol

  • Analysis of the reasons for refusal for rejected projects
  • Review of scientific articles
  • Drafting the strategy for statistical analysis of data
  • Sampling and sample size calculation
  • Design and debugging database for research
  • Descriptive analysis of data
  • Inferential analysis (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
  • Advice on the presentation of results for scientific dissemination
  • Review of scientific articles

Statistical consulting

  • Drafting the strategy for statistical analysis of data
  • Sampling and sample size calculation
  • Design and debugging database for research
  • Descriptive analysis of data
  • Inferential analysis (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
  • Advice on the presentation of results for scientific dissemination
  • Review of scientific articles

Scientific consulting.

  • Listen to the research interests and suggestions of Clinical Unit staff and advise and promote certain lines of action to apply these interests and proposals to a research line or project and to promote the creation of new research groups
  • Understand the work done in the clinical units in order to support the initiation of lines of research or clinical innovation and identify and promote possible interunit intercenter and international collaborations
  • Support the research staff of the Clinical Units to disclose their experimental results in national and international forums
  • Review of scientific articles
  • Advise research groups on their research interests to define objectives and draw appropriate strategies for achieving them
  • Collaborate with Comprehensive Consulting Unit staff (OTT, OPI, Accreditation and Project Management) for research training of clinical unit staff; identify and promote innovation projects and lines of joint work with companies; generate companies in the health field; identify and access appropriate funding sources for research in development

Training activities.

  • Research methodology
  • Use of open access software for statistical data analysis
  • Advanced statistics
  • Preparation of scientific manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Critical reading of scientific literature
  • Specific courses based on the needs of researchers
  • Belén Pimentel de Francisco
  • Olga Pérez González
  • Rita Pérez González
Methodological and Statistical Consulting