What is the Epidemiology Data Center?

The Epidemiology Data Center Service (EDC) is located in the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health Epidemiology Program and provides biostatistical, epidemiologic, and study design support for health-related research projects. The mission of the EDC is to facilitate high quality health related research at the the LSUHSC as well as affiliated research groups at other institutions, through consultations, collaborative relationships, and providing broad-based services in research design, data collection & management, and biostatistical analysis.

Significant resources and infrastructure have been developed within the EDC and the SPH to support this mission; however, a chargeback mechanism for consulting services is required in order to financially support the development of new research, to incrementally cover direct costs associated with this research; and to provide the added infrastructure required to accommodate the growing research base of the HSC. Consultative services are focused in several key areas including: study design, statistical planning, data management, statistical analysis and reporting. Collectively, the provision of these services requires diverse subject expertise represented by the disciplines of epidemiology, biostatistics and biomedical informatics. In addition, these services reflect support not only for the research mission of the University but also for the educational mission by supporting the training of LSU Health Science Center faculty and students in the conduct of biomedical research.

Available Services

Epidemiology and Biostatistical consulting services:

Study design, planning, data management and analysis – Contact Dr. Edward Peters

Data Collection Tools:

  • HP Teleform – for scannable paper documents
  • SurveyGizmo® – for online surveys
  • REDCap – for online research data capture

Events & Training

Epi Data Center holds inaugural REDCap Hands-on Session

Megan Bronson conducted the inaugural REDCap Hands-on Session, on September 15, 2017. Current and future REDCap users were invited to participate in-person or via Skype meeting. The session covered a variety of topics including how to get a new REDCap project at LSUHSC and how to import data into an existing project. Megan presented slides and demoed within an actual REDCap project while attendees asked a variety of questions. The session was filmed and is available to view here: Hands-on Session #1 September 15, 2017

Topics covered: Epi Data Center at LSUHSC SPH, REDCap Consortium and Vanderbilt University, Basic definitions, how to start a new LSUHSC REDCap project, what LSUHSC REDCap looks like when one logs in and navigates to a project, Importance of Help & FAQ, overview description of Project Home & Project Setup, Left Menu, how to design your instrument, EHR integrations, data importing, adding/editing records, Record Status Dashboard, review a record, how to get more information about LSUHSC REDCap, possible costs, data exports, text-to-speech feature, REDCap login with LSUHSC credentials, data import tool, user permissions, data quality, user whitelist.

More monthly sessions will be scheduled in the future. You are welcome to suggest future topics by contacting Megan at REDCap@lsuhsc.edu