The prior remit of CMB is audit of scientific project design, and CMB will be constructed to make this as efficient and effective as possible. Analysis of project design will involve, in addition to research into particular projects at initial stages, research into clinical and experimental design, the construction of web tools for guidance with project design, and decision-making procedures to allow optimal design.
The aim is to forge contact between project coordinators and CMB as soon as possible at initiation of the project, to allow advice to be given on project design, including power of the study.
This will involve meeting between CMB and the project coordinator, initial stage research by members of CMB, further meetings, and final agreement on project design and number of subjects/ samples.
Correct project design will result in huge savings of University and Hospital resources, with publications produced which are scientifically of higher standard and at higher impact factor, and in general the standards in medical scientific research will improve.
Following scientific design audit, CMB members will work with the project coordinator in order to organise a designated statistician – who will then become part of the Statistician Net. The designated statistician will be responsible for implementation of statistical analysis of results, and will report to CMB.