Statistics, Data & Analysis Unit

Contact: Dr. Darren Dahly

Principal Statistician

The Statistics, Data & Analysis Unit at the HRB CRF-UCC provide statistical support to clinical investigators and industry partners, at all stages of the research process. We operate under a quality control system suitable for regulated studies, and use open science workflows that promote research integrity.


The Statistics, Data & Analysis Unit (SDAU) staff are equipped to support industry partners on new projects in the areas of study design and protocol development, statistical analysis plans, sample size estimation, statistical modelling, and reporting.

SDAU staff also offer fee-based support for existing studies. If you need our support to analyse existing data for a study that is already underway, please contact us using the details below. We will then provide an estimate of the costs. These are typically on the order of €2500 for a week of full time work.

We kindly ask that any assistance provided by the HRB CRF-UCC, should it be useful, is appropriately acknowledged in any subsequent publications, grant applications, or other output.

Methodological research – In addition to supporting patient-focused researchers, we also aim to conduct important methodological research. Thus, for most collaborations, we will request access to study data for these purposes.


Funding – All SDAU activity must be appropriately funded. The only exception is for time spent contributing to funding applications.

Open Science – We value research integrity, and support open science practices aimed at improving the transparency and replicability of research. Consequently, all SDAU work will be conducted under our quality system, which includes sharing all analysis code and pre-registration of analysis plans. Further, we encourage the use of pre-prints and responsible data sharing.

Publication – Most projects we collaborate on will result in one or more scientific publications. Prior to any substantial engagement by SDAU staff, there must be a publication plan in place, with drafted titles, target journals, and anticipated authorship lists. There must also be a written confirmation by the project’s primary investigator to commit to publication, regardless of the results obtained. As authors, we always retain the right to approve any and all submissions, and to refuse publication if there are unresolved problems with the manuscript or the target journal.

Research Students – We do not support research that is solely intended to be included in a research dissertation.


To discuss how we might work together, please email Dr Darren Dahly at Darren Dahly. After an initial conversation, we will develop and formalise the aims and anticipated outcomes for the collaboration, establish a timeline, and arrange for secure data transfer as needed.


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In light of the Covid-19 situation, in advance of attending for a scheduled patient visit, please confirm the visit with your research nurse.