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Section Gears Up for Statistics Workshop
Melvin Munsaka of Takeda Global Research & Development, Workshop Publicity Chair,
and Alan Menius of GlaxoSmithKline, Workshop Chair
or the 32nd consecutive year, Ball FDA and other governmental agencies costs, with preference given to students
State University in Muncie, will be invited to give presentations. who present posters. The best student
Indiana, will host the Midwest The clinical track, organized by poster, as judged by a committee, will
Biopharmaceutical Statistics Workshop Kimberly Crimin of Wyeth, will focus on receive the Charles Sampson Award,
(MBSW) May 18–20. Cosponsored by statistical considerations of critical path named in honor of a founder and guid-
the Biopharmaceutical Section of the initiatives and feature sessions on Bayesian ing force behind this successful series of
ASA, this year’s workshop sessions will methods in drug development, pharma- workshops. Students or faculty spon-
be held at the university’s alumni center. cometrics/modeling and simulation, and sors interested in applying for scholar-
The program and other information are quantitative safety assessment. The discov- ships should visit
available at ery/preclinical track, organized by David for information.
MBSW was founded to meet the Stock of Bristol Myers Squibb, will look Every statistician in the pharmaceutical
needs of pharmaceutical industry stat- at accelerating drug discovery and charac- industry is encouraged to consider spend-
isticians in the Midwest. Although the terization. This track includes sessions on ing a few days at MBSW. Questions not
industry has changed and migrated to nonlinear mixed effect models, statistical answered on the web site may be addressed
both the East Coast and West Coast, modeling for toxicology, and drug discov- to Publicity Chair Melvin Munsaka at
the workshop has remained in Muncie ery. The post-marketing track, organized, 2009 Workshop
and welcomed attendees from across the by Patrick Ryan of GlaxoSmithKline, will Chair Alan Menius at alan.j.menius@gsk.
country and around the world. focus on analyses following approval and com, or Local Arrangements Chair Dale
The upcoming workshop will include sessions on post-approval data Umbach at ■
begin with a half-day short course to mining opportunities, statistical issues
be taught by Michael O’Connell of for observational studies, and analyses for
TIBCO on Monday, May 18. The comparative effectiveness. The nonclinical
short course will discuss integrating track, organized by Stan Altan of Johnson
graphics and statistics across pharma- & Johnson, will look at integrating statis-
ceutical research and development. tics and the pharmaceutical sciences in a
There will be two plenary speakers QBD world and include sessions on sta-
Biostatistics Workshops
on Monday afternoon: Scott Evans of tistical approaches to measurement uncer-
May 18-22, 2009
Harvard University on benefit/risk con- tainty in analytical chemistry, QBD, and
The Department of Biostatistics at the Univer-
siderations and Paul Stang of Johnson stability modeling.
sity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased
to announce a week of workshops May 18-22
& Johnson on the observational medi- Additional opportunities to meet
in Chapel Hill, NC, cosponsored by SAS Insti-
cal outcomes partnership. speakers and network will be afforded tute. A two-day Clinical Trials Workshop, led by
The 2009 workshop will have four during the Monday evening mixer and
Drs. Joseph Ibrahim and Anastasia Ivanova, will
parallel tracks, with sessions on Tuesday the Tuesday social hour, which precedes
cover adaptive designs from both frequentist and
and Wednesday. The four tracks cho- the banquet. The banquet speaker will be
Bayesian perspectives. New SAS software for
group sequential methods will be introduced.
sen for 2009 include a clinical track, a Stan Young of CGStat, whose talk is titled
discovery/preclinical track, a nonclini- “Everything Is Dangerous.” Two 1½-day genetics workshops will be led by
cal track, and a post-marketing track. Contributed posters are being accept-
Drs. Fred Wright, Wei Sun, and Fei Zou. The Ge-
Each track will have three sessions ed for the Tuesday poster session, to take
netic Association Analysis Workshop will intro-
(Tuesday morning, Tuesday afternoon, place during the lunch hour. Krishna
duce analysis methods for genotype and disease
associations, including specifi c genomic regions
and Wednesday morning). With each Padmanabhan of Wyeth is chair of the ses-
and whole-genome scans. The Microarray-based
session including three to five speakers sion and welcomes posters on any topic Gene Expression Analysis Workshop will intro-
and lasting more than two hours, speak- of interest to statisticians in the pharma-
duce methods for the analysis of high-throughput
ers will have time to discuss their top- ceutical industry. Poster abstracts must be
expression datasets. Prior experience in genetics
ics in detail and participants will have submitted by April 20, 2009. Details are
is not required.
ample opportunity to ask questions and provided at
Practicing biostatisticians and other public health
explore other pertinent issues. Most ses- Students are especially encouraged researchers interested in attending one or more
sions will have multiple speakers from to participate in the MBSW activities.
workshops can register at
industry and at least one from aca- To help financially, limited scholarships
beginning January, 2009.
demia. In addition, speakers from the are available to students to offset travel
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