In Fall and Winter Terms, the clinic takes place on Fridays, following our weekly Seminar Series at 2:30 p.m., and are available by appointment only. Please email EpiBio@uwo.ca to make an appointment to attend the clinic.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Consulting and collaboration provided by supervising faculty and senior graduate students.
- To train our students. One potential outcome, if the clinics are successful, is a graduate course in Methodological Consulting.
- To develop alternative funding streams for graduate student support.
- To identify potential employment opportunities for students and graduates.
- To facilitate collaborations between our faculty and our colleagues.
- Clarifying your research question (i.e. put in an answerable form)
- Primary and secondary objectives
- Testable hypotheses
- Advising on appropriate research design and terminology
- Assisting with critical evaluation of measures and instruments
- Validity/reliability of primary outcome, secondary outcome(s), covariates
- Assisting with original scale creation and evaluation
- Advising on proper statistical analysis
- Conducting analyses and interpreting results
- Assisting with sample size/power calculations
- Grantsmanship: helping you align your research questions/objectives/hypotheses, your measures, and your analysis sections
- Manuscript preparation and responses to reviewers
Clinics are by appointment, only, and occur on Fridays 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Kresge Building, Room 203. Please email brief description of request to EpiBio@uwo.ca, to schedule your appointment.
Consulting is usually done at one or two meetings. Simple sample size calculations and proper design terminology are examples. The drop-in sessions are designed for this.
Collaboration is a longer-term relationship in which the methodologists are considered members of the scientific team.
- The initial consultation at the drop-in session is provided at no cost.
- We will provide you with an ‘in-kind’ cost for our services.
- Subsequent activities may be billed (at fair market rates). This will be negotiated depending on the complexity and amount of work required.
- Faculty members are expected to maintain their own independent research programs. You may be asked to consider offering co-investigator status and co-authorships to faculty and students depending on their involvement and a potential match with the faculty member’s program of research.
- Requests at the last minute before grant deadlines
- Arriving with data in unanalyzable form
- Excel spreadsheets are acceptable
- Conventionally, variables are in columns and individuals are in rows
- Avoid words (e.g. ‘male’, ‘female’), use numbers instead (0,1) for the values.
- Create a codebook so everyone knows what each value and each variable means.
- Minimize missing data, and provide a code (e.g. 99) to differentiate missing values from actual values
- Excel spreadsheets are acceptable
- Collapsing your data prematurely.
- If you assign cut-points to continuous data to create categories (e.g. ‘mild’, ‘moderate’, ‘severe’), keep the original data in an adjacent column.
- Providing data with any patient identifiers (names, addresses, OHIP numbers)
- In column 1, assign each individual a numeric Study ID that only you have the master list for.
- We can help you respond to reviewers’ comments if we were involved in the original analysis plan on the grant or paper. Forensic re-analyses of something we are seeing for the first time is usually very difficult and sometimes impossible.