Submit a Request

The Rush Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core uses BookIt Lab for service requests. If you do not already have a Bookit Lab account, you will need to create one to submit a request for the first time. Please follow the instructions below to create a Bookit Lab account and then submit your request.

  • Note: Please do not share data using BookIt Lab.
Creating a BookIt Lab account

If you do not already have a Rush Bookit Lab account, please create one by following the directions below.

  • Go to https://core.bookitlab.com/rush-GMCF/
  • Select “New User.”
  • Fill in your details (only fields with red dots are required), including selecting your “User Group.”
    • If you are not a principal investigator, please contact your department or division administration or your mentor to discuss project funding options and determine your “User Group.”
  • Click “Register.”
  • Email biostatisticscore@rush.edu to let us know that you have created an account. We will then approve your account.
Submitting a project request

Once you’ve created your BookItLab account, you can submit a service request to the Rush Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core.

  • Log into https://core.bookitlab.com/rush-GMCF/
  • Select “Request Services” at the left side of the screen.
  • Select the type of request that you are seeking: “Biostatistics” or “Bioinformatics.”
    • The primary difference between the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics services is that Bioinformatics typically works with data that is biological and focused on sequencing.
  • Complete the fields in the form that you selected, then click “Submit.”
Study background information

Study background information should be attached to the form and include materials which help us to understand your study. These documents can include the following: IRB protocol, grant proposal, presentation, poster, or abstract, and blank template tables.

Note: Please do not share data using BookIt Lab.

Regulatory requirements

For requests from within Rush

The Core may use any of the following as proof of regulatory review to proceed with offering services including biostatistics and/or bioinformatics. The following materials should be attached to the request form:​

  1. Form 118 Non-Human Subjects Determination Notice
  2. Initial letter from Rush IRB which indicates that the study is exempt or expedited, dated less than two years ago.  If initial exemption  or expedited approval letter is dated two years ago or more, then the requester must submit an amendment describing work that the Core will be doing and data and analytical needs to the IRB and provide the letter approving this amendment to the Core.
  3. For full board studies: Initial letter from Rush IRB which indicates that the study has been approved, dated less than one year ago. If your IRB approval letter is dated more than one year ago, the most recent continuing review approval letter (not expired) is needed.  

Please contact the Office of Research Affairs regarding Protection of Human Subjects to determine regulatory needs for your project.​

Exceptions
We do not request regulatory approval for Core purposes:

  • If you are asking for us to propose methods and conduct power analysis or sample size calculation for grant proposals or IRB submissions
  • If your data that we will be working with is not human subject data

For external requests 

The Core may use any of the following as proof of regulatory review to proceed with offering services including biostatistics and/ or bioinformatics and should be attached to the request form:​

  1. Initial letter from the IRB of record pertaining to your project which indicates that the study is exempt or expedited, dated less than two years ago.  If your initial exemption or expedited approval letter is dated two years ago or more, then you must submit an amendment describing work that the Core will be doing and data and analytical needs to the IRB and provide the letter approving this amendment to the Core.
  2. For full board studies: Initial letter from your study’s IRB of record which indicates that the study has been approved, dated less than one year ago.  If IRB approval letter is dated more than one year ago, the most recent continuing review approval letter (not expired) is needed.  

Exceptions
We do not request regulatory approval for Core purposes:

  • If you are asking for us to propose methods and conduct power analysis or sample size calculation for grant proposals or IRB submissions
Rates, costs & funding

Hourly rates

  • Rush: $100/ hour
  • Public or governmental institutions and nonprofit organizations: $110/ hour
  • Private companies or organizations: $125/ hour

For requests from within Rush

The Core is required to cost recover work completed. Therefore, we must charge for our work. When you create a Bookit Lab account, you will need to select a PI group(s) and AU(s) before submitting corresponding request(s), accordingly. 

If you do not have funds available, please contact your department or division administration or your mentor to discuss project funding options and PI group(s)/ AU(s) for assignment in Bookit Lab.    ​

​​For biostatistical support, you may be eligible to receive funds from CTSA BERD. Please contact John Burns, PhD,​​ to find out more and obtain AU.

Grant applications

For assistance with grant applications, please submit a request as soon as you have developed your study aims. We require a month lead time for large grant applications, such as NIH R01, P30, P50 or U01 grants.

Student requests

If you are seeking assistance from the Core as a student for your coursework (such as homework, tests, thesis, capstone projects and dissertations), we are unable to conduct biostatistical and bioinformatics analysis for you. However, we are able to guide/teach you as you conduct analysis and answer questions that arise on coursework, with the exception of tests.