Research Resources

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.

Researchers and Interests Document

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Christina Thomas-Virnig

Position title: Director of DOVS Translational Research


Phone: 6082653483


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.


  • Research Planning
  • 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.

Vision Research Core


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.

ICTR Biostatistics or Bioinformatics Consultation

DOVS Research Administration


Please use Grant Proposal Submission Form link to initiate the process.  This form will ask for basic information that will assist Vaqar and Inna with the creation of the budget, WISPER, and/or Cayuse record, or any other forms required by the sponsor.  Please have the form submitted at least 10 business days before the proposal is due, so that there is time for SMPH and RSP to approve it.

Grant Proposal Submission Form