Skip to main content



methodological and statistical support to help make a difference

ICDS provides complementary support in methodology and statistics to our research community, for both individual researchers and research groups, in order to get the best out of them. ICDS aims to further enhance the quality of both the research and how it is communicated.

At Your Service

for our VUB-UZ Brussel research community


Terms of Service



Prof. Dr. Kurt Barbé

Statistical Consultants

Dr. Wilfried Cools (Jette)
Dr. Lara Stas (Etterbeek)
Drs. Percy Savieri (Etterbeek)

Qualitative Consultants

Dr. Maaike Fobelets
Dr. Hubert Van Puyenbroeck

Supporting Researchers

Prof. Dr. Kurt Barbé
Prof. Dr. Ronald Buyl
Dr. Sven Van Laere
Drs. Susanne Blotwijk
Dr. Iris Steenhout
Dr. Oscar Olarte
Drs. Hanif Shaikh
Drs. Camille Raets

Locate us

Whom We Serve

Master Student, authorized by promoter
to get a push in the right direction

General guidance on methodology, statistics and its communication. For Humanities, the focus is on writing scholarship applications and articles. For Life Sciences & Medicine, the focus is on the master thesis.

to get your study and analysis up and running

A look over your shoulders to ensure appropriate methodology and statistics and help its communication, possibly taking over parts of the data analysis.

Research Groups
to get fully dedicated support for your project

Full involvement in a project, for study design and/or data analysis, in optimizing the data collection and processing for recurrent studies and in bringing in the latest statistical techniques.

to help safeguard research quality and ethics

Reviewing and refereeing research protocols and proposals to promote efficient / effective studies, reducing costs for patient, lab animal, researcher.

How We Serve

asking the right questions the right way

[ Quantitative Research ]

Statistical and methodological advice on data analysis and data collection (eg., sample size), on communicating statistics and results, on writing protocols and research proposals.

[ Qualitative Research ]

Methodological advice on qualitative data collection and analysis, on generating in-depth understanding, on communicating both the methodology and results, on writing protocols and research proposals.

Data Analysis
getting the relevant information out of it

A full collaboration implies taking our responsability for implementing (parts) of the analysis, communicating the results and responding to remarks made by reviewers.

learning to do things yourself

Workshops and seminars are provided to enhance the existing proficiency in statistical and methodological reasoning where needed.

getting the computer to do it for you

Parts of the data collection, data analysis and reporting can be automated to avoid repetitive work, errors and time loss, and to promote uniformity.

Financially supported

Research board, University Medical Campus
umclogoVice-rectorat Research Policy

Project based

Exercise therapy for osteoarthritis pain: how does it work? 
Ivan Bautmans, Jo Nijs & David Beckée, research groups Frailty in Aging, Pain in Motion & Rehabilitation 

SPARC - Smart design nanoParticles to Activate immune Responses against Cancer. 
Karine Breckpot (PI), Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Therapy.

Societal Benefit of Markerless Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy: A statistical Support based on Quantitative Imaging. 
Mark De Ridder (PI), Department of Radiotherapy (UZ-B) 


State of Affairs

Consultancy Publications
Worshops and Presentations

Jaarverslag 2020


Thank you for your information, about the good, the bad and the ugly.

ICDS presenting itself [2021 webcast]