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About our Centre for Biostatistics

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The Centre for Biostatistics provides support for researchers in Health Sciences in the Dunedin Campus of the University of Otago.


Our Centre for Biostatistics works to best-practice international standards to provide expertise in supporting researchers with biostatistics and research design.

All of our biostatisticians are academic staff members who have expertise in providing advice and collaboration to researchers in the health sciences disciplines. Although individual biostatisticians come with different statistical backgrounds and abilities, our common interest lies in the application of statistical expertise in health-related research. As a team we have a diverse range of skill sets to offer.

Support with research design

In order for you to receive the highest quality biostatistical advice and research collaboration, it is important biostatisticians be involved from the design stage of projects. We value and enjoy being part of a research team throughout the process.

As experts in research methods, we have capabilities in all elements of the health research process. Many research-funding bodies require involvement of a biostatistician at the planning stage of studies. What we offer includes:

  • Honing of a research question
  • Designing of studies
  • Advising on data collection
  • Advising on data entry
  • Analyses
  • Making and investigating inference
  • Preparation of journal articles

Grow your research skill set

We also offer short courses and opportunities for you to develop your own biostatistics skills.

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Ethical guidelines

We follow the ethical guidelines published by the American Statistical Association. Please read these guidelines before you meet with your biostatistician as they contain important information on what you can expect when working with a statistician.

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Vision and mission statements

Vision Statement

The Centre for Biostatistics will be world leaders in providing biostatistical collaboration and advice for health-related research and will be internationally recognised for their excellence in improving the quality of research, health knowledge and health outcomes.

Mission Statement

The Centre will provide biostatistical leadership and expertise in a rigorous and timely manner to research conducted in the Division of Health Sciences. We will achieve this goal by actively engaging in and facilitating collaborative research, applying appropriate quantitative methods, keeping abreast of methodological developments in biostatistics, contributing to biostatistical methods, contributing to biostatistics education of researchers and emerging biostatisticians, and promoting a collegial culture.

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