ViCBiostat at ISCB41

ISCB41 2020

ViCBiostat members (virtually) flew to Krakow, Poland for the 41st Annual Conference of the International Society for Clinical Biostatistics.

An Invited Session organised by John Carlin with Jonathan Sterne (University of Bristol) challenged the biostatistical community on important issues related to the continuing hold of false dichotomous reasoning on biostatistical practice. John gave a talk focussing on problems in the analysis and reporting of clinical trials, especially in major medical journals.

John has made his slides publicly available via this link.

Laure Wynants (Maastricht University, Belgium), discussed challenges experienced by an early-career biostatistician concerned with bringing a more nuanced and principled approach to collaboration with clinical researchers. Colin Begg (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York) presented something of a counter-argument, that “Statistical testing, used correctly, has an important and valuable place in the scientific tradition.”

ViCBiostat researchers were also selected to present oral contributions on topics ranging from high-dimensional mediation analysis (Margarita Moreno-Betancur), stepped wedge trial designs (Jessica Kasza), analysis of single-cell RNA-seq data (Agus Salim), methods to assess dynamic treatment regimens (Myra McGuinness) and management of drop-out in trials (Anneke Grobler).

Early-career researchers from the network also made significant contribution to the event, with our PhD candidates Rushani Wijesuriya, Parinaz Mehdipour and Monsurul Hoq presenting their research in oral poster format. The ISCB Early Career Biostatistician Subcommittee, chaired by Myra McGuinness, coordinated a full day of educational and networking activities for their peers. Emily Karahalios, Rushani Wijesuriya and Monsurul Hoq shared their experiences of how to plan and prepare for a project, a first-hand account of moving from Bachelors degree to PhD candidate and transitioning from aid work to academia.

On the final day of the conference, Katherine Lee (with James Carpenter) hosted a mini-symposium on a Framework for the Treatment and Reporting of Missing data in Observational studies.

Related People

Prof John Carlin
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Anneke Grobler
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Agus Salim
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Post-doctoral Biostatistician
Monsurul Hoq
PhD Student
Dr Emily Karahalios
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