Biostatistics Consulting Service

The Biostatistics Consulting Service is part of the Division of Biostatistics within the Institute for Health & Equity at the Medical College of Wisconsin and provides comprehensive statistical consulting to clients inside and outside MCW.

These consulting services include assistance with design and analysis of clinical trials, design and analysis of observational studies, design and analysis of surveys, assistance with public databases, sample size and power calculations and data analysis and interpretation. Additionally, our faculty and staff have extensive experience in grant preparation of NIH, NSF, CTSI, Department of Education, HERSA, Healthier Wisconsin, and VA grants. We have also helped prepare proposals for a number of private research foundations.

Consulting is provided by Biostatistics faculty and staff. Staff consultants are supervised by a member of the faculty. Consulting services are offered for a standard fee and are provided on an appointment basis. After the initial consultation, a time estimate is provided.

Biostatistics Shared Resource (BSSR) Drop-In Service

Free statistical consultations are provided by staff biostatisticians throughout the month at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center location. The Drop-In Service is a great way to get short statistical questions answered in just under an hour. Drop-In is free, try it today.

The Drop-In Service is supported in part by the MCW Cancer Center and the Division of Biostatistics. 

  • Biostatistics Consulting Service Survey

  • Drop-In Survey
    If you have already used the Drop-In Service, please help us out by taking this quick survey. The results will help us discover investigator preferences concerning the Drop-In Service.    

  • Hours & Locations
    Effective March 5, 2018, Biostatistics will host weekly drop-in sessions on Mondays from 1:00-3:00 pm in room M3250.

    MCW Cancer Center members Drop-In Sessions
    Wednesdays 10:00 am-12:00 pm and Fridays 1:00-3:00 pm in room C5407, MCW Clinical Cancer Center

Need an Appointment?

  1. MCW Biostatistics Consulting ServiceSubmit a Consulting Application.
    A completed consulting application is required before an appointment can be scheduled. This form is used in matching the client’s needs with the proper statistical expert in order to ensure best possible services.
  2. Biostatistics Consulting Service will review the completed application.
  3. You will be contacted to schedule an initial meeting.

Consulting Application

Electronic Form

To Make an Appointment:

  • First fill out an application above. A completed consulting application form is required before an appointment can be scheduled. This form is used in matching the client’s needs with the proper statistical expert in order to ensure best possible services.
  • Following review of application: investigator will be contacted to set up an initial meeting, then investigator will be able to discuss their project with a MS and PhD statistician.
  • *Please note if the investigator is a student, resident or fellow, his/her faculty advisor must be present at the initial consultation session.

Questions? Call us at (414) 955-8280 or email

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  Consulting Fees

Cancer Center supports cancer-related projects leading to external grant applications

For Employees of MCW (MCW Account):

  • Faculty Statistician: $125.00 per hour
  • Staff Statistician: $75.00 per hour

Outside Clients: For outside clients, please contact

  Integration Contracts

The Department of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Surgery, Department of Medicine, the Pediatric Emergency Division of the Department of Pediatrics, and Froedtert Pharmacy have integration contracts with the Biostatistical Consulting Service which support study design and analysis services.


The Biostatistics Consulting Service can handle projects requiring expertise in any area of statistics. We can help with your study from the planning stages to the final write-up.


  • Design: we can help you to choose an experimental design that will allow you to answer the research question most efficiently. Clinical trials, surveys all need special considerations.
  • Sample size determination: having too much or too little data is a waste of resources. We can help you plan how much data you need to collect so that your study can evaluate your hypothesis.
  • Grant proposal preparation: we can write the sections on the statistical analysis plan and sample size considerations.

Data collection

  • Randomization: we can develop and implement an appropriate randomization scheme.
  • Data management: we can advise you on database design, and even help you set it up.
  • Data entry


Statistical modeling, data analysis and interpretation: we will help you choose the appropriate analysis methods, and carry them out if you wish. We can also help you interpret the results in the context of your research.


  • Reports: we can write ready-to-publish description of the statistical methods used, prepare summary tables.
  • Plots: we can design and produce publication quality plots that communicate your message effectively.
  Investigator Information

Data requirements
The Biostatistics Consulting Service will no longer clean data for any investigator for free. The BCS has outlined a specific set of criteria in which data should be brought to us.

IRB requirement
In section 30.3 of your IRB SMARTFORM, mention that your analysis will be performed by the BCS.

Authorship information
Where meaningful intellectual contribution to the formulation of a research question or the analytic scheme for a research paper has been provided by the statistical consultant, it is hoped that Biostatistics personnel will be offered co-authorship on consequent publications and presentations (though this is not a requirement).

End of project requirements
Please notify us of any abstracts, posters, papers, or grant submissions resulting from this work. We also ask that for any publication you comply with the NIH Public Access Policy and apply for a PMCID number. Papers with such numbers, which are essentially automatically given for most publications, allow us to obtain full credit with NIH for our collaborative work. We can help you with this number should you need assistance.

Contact Us

Medical College of Wisconsin
Biostatistics Consulting Service
Medical Education Building: M0800
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-8280