Statistical Science


UCL Partners Biostatistics Network Symposium "Contemporary Statistical Methods in Medical Research"

The Fourth Biostatistics Network Symposium on Contemporary Statistical Methods for Medical Research will take place on Thursday 18th February 2016 in the Kennedy Lecture Theatre, UCL Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1EH. The symposium is organised in collaboration by the UCL Partners Biostatistics Network with the support of UCLH/UCL Biomedical Research Centre and the UCL PRIMENT Clinical Trials Unit. The symposium is endorsed by the Royal Statistical Society

All are welcome, but registration is required. There is no fee for UCL or affiliated hospital/research unit staff and students and a £30 fee for non-UCL members to cover for coffee and lunch. As the number of places available is limited, please register at your earlier convenience 

The symposium will have three themed sessions. The schedule is the following (the titles of the talks will be communicated shortly):

1. Clinical trials in small populations/rare diseases

  • 10.00-11.00: KEYNOTE: Prof Nigel Stallard, University of Warwick.  Study design in small populations: Lessons from InSPiRe
  • 11.00-11.30: Dr Tim Morris, UCL/MRC CTU. A framework for the design and analysis of phase III RCTs when large-scale trials are not possible
  • 11.30-12.00: Dr Ronit Pressler, UCL/GOSH.  Neonatal Seizure Trials - Promise or Peril?

12.00-12.45: Lunch break

2. Pharmacometrics: Statistical pharmacology

  • 12.45-1.45: KEYNOTE: Prof France Mentre, Paris V/INSERM. Pharmacometrics in drug development and beyond
  • 1.45-2.15: Dr Joe Standing, UCL. Population pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic modelling for paediatric trial design
  • 2.15-2.45: Dr Frank Kloprogge, UCL. Rapid sample size calculations for mixed pharmacokinetic study designs using a population approach

2.45-3.00 Coffee break

3. Designing studies in infectious diseases

  • 3.00-4.00: KEYNOTE: Dr Patrick Phillips, UCL/MRC CTU. Non-inferiority and Global Health: The challenges of designing trials to improve the treatment of TB
  • 4.00-4.30: Prof David Dunn, UCL. Superiority or non-inferiority, with examples from infectious diseases research.
  • 4.30-5.00: Dr Sarah Edwards, UCL. Ethics and regulation of early phase trials: the example of Ebola

For further information, please send an email to: Dr Joe Standing

Registration can be made via Eventbrite, here.

Past editions: Biostatistics Network Symposium 2011, Biostatistics Network Symposium 2012, Biostatistics Network Symposium 2014.