What non-statistitians need to know about statistics

October 10, 2005

Applied Clinical Trials

Applied Clinical Trials, Applied Clinical Trials-10-11-2005, Volume 0, Issue 0

Stephen Senn, Prof Statistics, Univ of Glasgow, Willi Maurer, Global Head Statistical Methodology, Novartis

Stephen Senn, Prof Statistics, Univ of Glasgow,
Willi Maurer, Global Head Statistical Methodology, Novartis

If you really feel uncomfortable around statistics, Senn and Maurer made this session more understandable and enjoyable. The audience laughed a lot, this is most likely the secret to Prof Senn's success with students. The presenters discussed how statistics or biostatistics has changed in the world of clinical R&D to a position of becoming an integral player in R&D.

Also discussed was the use of Bayesian statistics especially as new tools in analysis methods to support innovative and dynamic trial design. Both speakers discussed how dynamic a tool Bayesian statistics can be, and how effectively it can be used in the conclusion section when making a decision about a drug. Prof Senn's book, Dicing with Death, is a great way to get more expertise on the subject and laugh at the same time.

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