Dundee Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit (DEBU)

DEBU is a group of biostatisticians and epidemiologists that form one of the Core Research Facilities within the Dundee University Medical Research Institute.  The Unit is led by Professor Peter Donnan and also includes biostatisticians from across the College of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing.

The group provides collaborative input for design, and analysis to numerous national and regional trials (most recently the Scottish Bell’s Palsy trial, NEJM, 2007) as well as observational studies in, for example, pharmacoepidemiology, and genetic studies (MRCWellcomeCSO, and Pharmacuetical industry-funded). These are facilitated by links with the Health Informatics Centre (HIC).

Advice and collaboration

DEBU can provide the following:

  • Collaborative advice on appropriate trial or observational study design
  • Sample size / power estimation
  • Development of statistical analysis plan
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Reporting of results in appropriate plots and tables
  • Collaborative input to final reports and peer-reviewed papers


The group provide an annual generic postgraduate training course in statistics across the College of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing as well as leading the MSc in Applied Health Statistics. Members of DEBU also provide a series of biostatistics–based Student Selected Components (SSCs) for undergraduate medical students.

DEBU Statistics Course September 2015

This year's DEBU Statistics course ran from Monday 31 August to Friday 4 September 2015.  Monday, Tuesday and Thursday consisted of 'Statistics for Health Research' and Friday looked at 'Statistics for Clinical Trials'. It was recommended to attend all days as the course builds on previous days.