NOTE: Due to coronavirus situation Biostatistics Unit is now telecommuting. More information here.
The e-mail address of the service is biostat-consult(at)helsinki.fi (detailed contact information can be found here). For the first contact, please use the e-form to provide us with the essential information on the research. Sending us the e-form makes the service faster. (Please notice that if you have a big deadline coming (such as grant application) you should contact us well in advance. Grant application and similar deadlines can cause congestion in the service even though the consultants do their very best to help everyone on time.)
The service offers biostatistics consultation in planning the research (e.g. planning the tests, power calculations), advising in analysing data (e.g. choosing the statistical analysis model and advising in how to run the analysis on statistical software), interpreting results, preparing reports and scientific publications. The statistical consulting focuses mainly on helping researchers to plan and do their own analyses. Researchers are expected to have at least some experience on some statistical software beforehand, because the time for consulting is limited. For those who have no experience at all, there are courses to get started, see for example Courses and Events and Useful links. Please notice that you need to provide statistician with enough information with necessary details on your research in order to have consultation to proceed successfully.
The service is free until further notice.
The service is primarily targeted to researchers and research groups at The Faculty of Medicine in the University of Helsinki, HUCH and FIMM. As far as possible the service is also offered to both undergraduate and doctoral students.
There is an authorship condition assumed in cases where the biostatistician contributes considerably to the research leading to the scientific publication, and thus meets authorship criteria such as conception and design of study, analysing data and / or interpreting results, drafting and / or revising the article (e.g. guidelines by International Committee of Medical Journal Editors: Defining the Role of Authors and Contributors).
Based on the e-form, requests undergo evaluation in the order of arrival and are routed to the queue according to the urgency and priority status assigned during evaluation. Projects at an early stage (planning, data collection) are prioritized over those at later stage, because early-stage consultation provides more opportunities and advantages to the research. . For future references, we collect a database of questions and projects. Because of that, projects that allow publishing information about the assignments (respecting the privacy constraints) could be prioritized.