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Dr Gianluca Baio awarded funds to conduct research on the health economic and societal impact of Pembrolizumab in the treatment of melanoma

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Dr Gianluca Baio has been awarded an unrestricted research grant sponsored by Merck Sharpe and Dohme to investigate the health economic performance and the societal impact of Pembrolizumab, a treatment for melanoma that has spread or can't be removed with surgery and non small cell lung cancer that has spread and the cancer cells have proteins called PD-L1. The research will investigate the potential expansion to other indications and the impact on public funding as well clinical benefits.

"Beyond Objectivity and Subjectivity in Statistics" read at the RSS on 12 April 2017

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The Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A has accepted the paper "Beyond Objectivity and Subjectivity in Statistics" by Andrew Gelman (Columbia University) and Christian Hennig (UCL Statistical Science) as Read Paper. It will be read and discussed at the Royal Statistical Society on 12 April. For more information and the paper see: http://www.rss.org.uk/RSS/Publications/Journals/Discussion_Papers/RSS/Publications/Journals_sub/discussion_papers.aspx?hkey=edfa4f9b-d001-49aa-bab9-e903b204e5d7#April17.

UCL Statistical Science and Centre for Data Science co-organize joint German/UK Big Data Meeting

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Professor Sofia Olhede, jointly with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Berlin Big Data Centre, organised a joint Germany/UK Big Data Meeting at the Smart Data Forum in Berlin on 1 March 2017. Professor Patrick Wolfe was also part of the delegation, and spoke of Big Network Data, and was further joined by UCL colleague Professor Harry Hemingway from the London Farr Institute, as well as colleagues from Imperial College London, and the Food Standards Agency. The Berlin Big Data Centre is part of a 30 million Euro investment by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research to support Industry 4.0, and the initiative established two centres for Big Data and IT security. 

Friends of Out@UCL Campaign: Statement from MAPS Faculty Dean

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The Friends of Out@UCL campaign was formally launched this week. Professor Ivan Parkin - Dean of the UCL Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences gave the following pledge of support:

Professor Serge Guillas awarded interdisciplinary funding for tsunami risk research in India

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Professor Serge Guillas is leading a new project funded by the NERC/AHRC/ESRC call on Global Challenges Research Fund: Building Resilience. This intense programme of activities is entitled "Tsunami risk for the Western Indian Ocean: steps toward the integration of science into policy and practice" and is taking place over 2017.

Data science institutes at University of Michigan and University College London sign academic cooperation agreement

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Professors Al Hero (Left), Patrick Wolfe (Centre) and Brian Athey (Right)

ANN ARBOR, MI and LONDON — The Michigan Institute of Data Science (MIDAS) at the University of Michigan and the Centre for Data Science and Big Data Institute at UCL (University College London) have signed a five-year agreement of scientific and academic cooperation.

Practical Statistics for Medical Research: 27-30 June 2017

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Registration is now open for ‘Practical Statistics for Medical Research’, a four day training course in study design and statistical methods run by the Biostatistics group in the Department of Statistical Science. The course is aimed at healthcare professionals or researchers who wish to learn more about the basic principles of quantitative research methods and their application in medical science. Material covered is at an intermediate level and does not assume any deep understanding of statistical terms or concepts. This course is accredited with 21 CPD points from the Royal College of Physicians.

Dr Ardo van den Hout's new book: Multi-State Survival Models for Interval-Censored Data now available

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Multi-State Survival Models for Interval-Censored Data by Dr Ardo van den Hout has been published by CRC/Chapman & Hall in the series Monographs on Statistics and Applied Probability. The book is about statistical inference using multi-state survival models. It introduces and explains methods to describe stochastic processes that consist of transitions between states over time. The book is targeted at applications in medical statistics, epidemiology, demography, and social statistics.

Dr Gianluca Baio elected Programme Chair of Biostatistics and Pharmaceutical Statistics Section of International Society for Bayesian Analysis

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Dr Gianluca Baio will serve a two year term as Programme Chair of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA) Section on Section on Biostatistics and Pharmaceutical Statistics, starting from January 2017.

Dr Ricardo Silva to organise workshop at 2016 Neural Inference Processing Systems (NIPS) conference

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Dr Ricardo Silva is the leading organizer of the workshop “What If? Inference and Learning of Hypothetical and Counterfactual Interventions in Complex Systems”, a workshop around the theme of how to model the impact of external changes in stochastic systems. The event is co-organized by Professor John Shawe-Taylor (CS, UCL), Adith Swaminathan (Cornell) and Professor Thorsten Joacquims (Cornell). It will take place as part of the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference, 10 December 2016, in Barcelona, Spain.

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