Data Studio

We foster dialogue between data scientists and researchers in clinics and laboratories in order to drive excellence in health care research at Stanford.

About the Data Studio

The Data Studio is a collaboration between Spectrum (The Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education) and the Department of Biomedical Data Science. The Data Studio is open to the Stanford community engaged in biomedical research. We expect it to have educational value for students and postdocs interested in biomedical data science. The Data Studio features DBDS faculty and staff who offer the following services: workshops, office hours, and one-to-one consultations. When you complete the Data Studio request form, our coordinator and consultants will work with you to choose the right service for your research project.

Workshops are an extensive and in-depth consultation for a Medical School researcher based on research questions, data, statistical models, and other material prepared by the researcher with the aid of our facilitator. During the Data Studio Workshop, the researcher explains the project, goals, and needs. Experts in the related topic from across campus will be invited and contribute to the brainstorming. After the meeting, the facilitator will follow up, helping with immediate action items and summary of the discussion. Ultimately, we strive to pair each PI with a data scientist for long-term collaboration.

Office Hours are brief consultations for Medical School researchers during the last session of each month. DBDS faculty are available to advise about your research questions. Consult the schedule below to complete the Office Hour registration form. Once you have registered, you will receive a calendar invitation with the date, time, and location of the session. Bring any data, prior analyses, or other materials that you have. Our consultants may even recommend your project for a Workshop if it is appropriate.

One-to-one consultations for Medical School researchers are available year-round. Our facilitator assigns each request to a data scientist with the relevant expertise.


General questions about statistical issues may be brought to the STAT390 Consulting Workshop. This is a class offered by the Department of Statistics during each academic quarter that is staffed by graduate students and directed by a faculty instructor. The service typically consists of a single meeting with the researcher to address a specific concern, such as planning of experiments and data analysis. Appointments may be requested by completing the required form. For more information, consult the STAT390 Consulting Workshop web page.

Researchers who are members of the Stanford Cancer Institute (SCI) conducting research projects related to cancer may request assistance from the SCI Biostatistics Shared Resource.


The Data Studio is held each Wednesday from 1:30 until 3:00pm during the fall, winter, and spring quarters of the academic year. Consult the schedule below for the location of each session. Students may participate by enrolling in BIODS 232 for an introduction to the art of statistical consultation and practicum working on projects with a biomedical researcher. All are welcome to attend. Click here to sign up for our mailing list.

Currently scheduled topics are listed below, followed by links to topics and summaries from previous quarters.

Date Investigator Project Title
9/22 Data Studio Office Hour

Reserve a Data Studio Office Hour session by completing the Registration Form. Sessions are at least 15 minutes long but might be extended at the discretion of the coordinator. If you register for a session, please be present at the start time on Wednesday.

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INVESTIGATORS: Theresa Lii, MD, and Boris Heifets, MD, PhD, Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine

In person: Conference Room X393, Medical School Office Building, 1265 Welch Road, Stanford, CA. Videoconference option:

RCT of Intraoperative Ketamine vs Saline in Depressive Surgical Patients

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