The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences has various resources to enable excellent research. Explore all the tools, documents and contacts below. We’re here to help you join our mission to save sight. Let’s get started.
Biostatistical analysis enhances the robustness of research findings and should be employed for all types of research studies, including, but not limited to, basic, clinical, and population studies. Statistical consultation is especially valuable during the planning stage of a research study or a proposal for extramural funding. Powered studies are also now a requirement for both IRB applications and internal applications for gift funds appropriated through Funds Distribution Committee. The appropriate analyses provide a level of integrity and validity to research that strengthens the resulting findings enabling their acceptance by the biomedical community. DOVS offers two methods of biostatistical consulting.
DOVS CORE BIOSTATISTICIAN
The UW-Madison Vision Research Core is funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) and provides several services including biostatistics & epidemiology (BERC – Biostatistics and Epidemiology Resource Core). With additional support from the department, assistance currently is available at no cost for all faculty and learners. These individuals should contact the biostatistician early on in the process of developing an idea or project design.
Provide assistance with both study design and sample size/power calculations.
Data Analysis: Provide assistance with a particular analysis or choosing the right method for your study including but not limited to linear/logistic regression models, time series models, ANOVA/ANCOVA models, survival analysis and RNA-seq data analysis.
Results Preparation and Presentation: Provide help with graph and table construction, results interpretation and the reporting of the used methods.
Consulting Services: Provide consultation on statistical concepts (what is a p-value again?), methods (will a logistic regression be the right method for this situation?) or advanced analysis ideas.
INSTITUTE FOR CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH (ICTR)
Services through ICTR are provided by the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics (BMI). It is the policy of the Department of BMI that a request for biostatistics consultation must be made at least (3) weeks in advance of any grant, abstract, poster, or analysis deadline. For large grant submissions, like an R01, at least four (4) weeks’ notice is preferred.
Consultation/collaboration in the planning, design, conduct, and analysis of clinical/translational research.
The initial consultation is free of charge. Fees may be project dependent. Please inquire upon consultation whether fees will be incurred for your project.
Get started with creating a UW WISPER record (an electronic routing document). To create a record, you will need:
Your name and contact information
Sponsor information and submission instructions (PA, RFA, etc)
Pending status or approval letters for animal, human, or biological safety
Budget and budget justification
Abstract or scope of work
A list of all key personnel, their requested effort, and departments if outside DOVS
Electronic processing of the WISPER record includes sending through Research Administration under a Chair approval action. After all approvals are obtained, the record will be routed to the Dean’s office and from there to Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP).
The RSP page has guidance on routing and the award lifecycle. You will find information for Effort Reporting and Certification (ecrt) on the right side of the page under Electronic Tools, which will then have a link to the ecrt login page.
These programs seek to alleviate issues affecting people in Wisconsin. The three programs that DOVS faculty can participate in are: Collaborative Health Sciences Program, New Investigator Program, & Opportunity Grants Program
One of the Wisconsin Partnership Program funds also strives to improve the health of Wisconsinites. Here are three community grants offered: Community Collaboration Grants, Community Impact Grants, & Community Catalyst Grants
WINHR is a partnership established to promote statewide research.
FUNDS DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE
The Funds Distribution Committee (FDC) provides recommendations to the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (DOVS) Chair regarding distribution of awarded and garnered funds from the UW Foundation, WARF, SMPH, and outside donations provided to the Department. Since its inception in 2016, FDC has awarded more than $844,000, including $300,000 in support from the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin. Funds support medical student and resident research projects, international training opportunities, and faculty research and equipment. There are also designated funds for research in AMD, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and cornea research. FDC documents can be found on the intranet and more information can be found below.
Completed applications for any of the opportunities listed above should be emailed to Kristin Larson, external relations coordinator, unless otherwise indicated in the application instructions.
All request forms are available in the ophth document library (ODL) on the DOVS intranet, under the Funds Distribution Committee category. Use this form to request funds for research projects involving faculty or learners and/or equipment purchases.
Please note that it is expected that any faculty member wishing to mentor a medical student research project should provide supporting funds from their own resources. If matching funds by a faculty member are not available, DOVS mentors may seek matching funds using several mechanisms.
Each year, the department offers travel funding for medical students and residents to present at conferences, $500 with a matching amount coming from the faculty mentor. Deadlines for these requests are January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1. For more information please see the instructions provided.
Use this form provided in the document library for graduate and post-doctoral students to apply for SMPH Mission Aligned Management and Allocation (MAMA) travel funds. There is an application period for these funds, generally in late fall.
Please read over Support for Medical Student Research, which can be found on the DOVS intranet and explains various funding opportunities.
Unless otherwise indicated, deadlines for submission to the FDC are two weeks prior to each meeting. Specific deadlines can be found on the intranet. From time to time other funding opportunities may occur that do not adhere to FDC deadlines. In this event an email announcing specifics for the funding opportunity will be sent to all faculty, staff and learners.
Please note that specific travel funds for fellows are available through each fellowship specialty. Contact the fellowship advisor for more information.
In general, faculty should realize that these mechanisms can support one student research per faculty member per year so mentors should prioritize requests for student research funding support.