Research Support Services


Experimental design

  • Observational studies
    • Cohort Studies
    • Cross-sectional studies
    • Case control studies
  • Comparative Effectiveness studies
    • Randomized clinical trials
    • Non-randomized studies
  • Cost Effectiveness studies


Statistical analysis

  • Standard descriptive and inferential statistics
  • General linear models
  • Survival analysis
  • Classification/tree regression
  • Propensity score methods
  • Bayesian analysis
  • Multiple imputation of missing data


  • System architecture
  • Database Design **
  • Database normalization
  • Standardizing variables
  • Linking databases​

ACCEL DE-CTR’s BERD core has services available to accelerate clinical and translational research by providing support to researchers of all levels, whether looking for a collaborative research partner, a short-term consultant, or a technical/statistical advisor. ACCEL resources are available to the ACCEL community at no cost and are provided by expert epidemiologists, experienced investigators, and information technology professionals. BERD team members with considerable methodologic experience and strong publication track records from the University of Delaware, the Medical University of South Carolina, Nemours, and the Christiana Care Health System are available to assist researchers with developing projects in support of community and health care services.

Our team members can assist at any stage of research, from inception to dissemination. We can help ensure sound study design, guide in appropriate analyses, and aid in the interpretation of results. Involving BERD can help ensure research is effective and competitive. Our members have extensive experience in a wide variety of research designs, reviewing IRB protocols, identifying and applying for funding, participating on data safety and monitoring boards, and with authoring proposals, data management plans, statistical analysis plans, grants, manuscripts, and posters and presentations. These services are provided to improve the quality of research produced in the states of Delaware and South Carolina by facilitating research opportunities and forging beneficial collaborations.

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