The discipline of biostatistics is well recognised as an essential component of medical research and clinical decision making. The existence of the Biostatistics and Research Design Unit contributes and enhances the research studies supported by the Foundation.
The Unit progressively evolved from a single biostatistican, Dr Sharon Evans, employed over 25 years ago into its current structure with two full time biostatisticians and a programmer (and additional biostatistical and midwifery staff for individual projects when required) in place for the last 12 years.
The role of the Biostatistics and Research Design Unit is to provide biostatistical consultation and collaboration in the design, conduct, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of research conducted at King Edward Memorial Hospital and affiliated institutions.
Our involvement in research ranges from short-term consultations to ongoing long-term collaborations. A short-term consultation may only involve experimental design, plans for data collection, advice on statistical methodology, assistance with data interpretation or performing data analysis for a completed study. The majority of our activities involve ongoing, long term collaborations on research studies that begin at a study conception and continue until its completion and publication of results.
We liaise with researchers and staff members on campus to foster and facilitate future research interests. Research studies supported by the Unit span all areas of women’s reproductive health and their offspring’s health from the neonatal period until young adulthood.