Scientific methods consultation
To improve the quality of animal research, we offer free statistical methods consultation for scientists, PhD candidates and master students of the UZH who perform animal-based research. This includes advice on study design and sample size calculation, on methods for data analysis and on reporting for publications, dissertations and theses. For master students seeking advice we suggest that the supervisor joins for the first meeting.
We also support consultation for applications for animal experimentation (licenses and grants).
We encourage you to consult us during the planning phase of your study, so that potential improvements on research questions, study design and absolutely necessary numbers of test animals (3Rs principles: Reduction) can be made. A maximum of an hour appointment is free for animal researchers of UZH (e.g., members of Faculty of Science, Medical Faculty, Vetsuisse Faculty, University Medicine inc. USZ, Centers of Competence, etc.)
We use and encourage to employ the free software R. Unfortunately, we can only provide limited help with other statistical software.
Please register in a timely manner using the registration form below. We will contact you within a few days to set up an appointment.
We also offer “Contractual data analysis”. For details, please contact the Head of Animal Welfare Department (email).
Improving animal research: PREPARE before you ARRIVE
PREPARE (2018): planning guidelines before the study
ARRIVE (2013): reporting guidelines after the study (new update is planned in 2019)