Gaining skills in biostatistical consultancy

Thursday, 4 July 2019
Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI)
50 Flemington Rd, Walford/Cox Room, Level 5
Melbourne 3040

The Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Section of SSA is pleased to offer this workshop, co-hosted by the Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics Unit (CEBU) at the MCRI (Melbourne Children’s campus):

Gaining skills in biostatistical consultancy

This full day workshop is designed to provide participants with an understanding of some of the key skills involved in biostatistical consultancy, covering a range of topics including communication skills, how to reach and interact with different clients, how to manage consultancy projects from start to finish and how to secure funding. The course will feature presentations from statisticians experienced in biostatistical consultancy, as well as an interactive panel session to allow participants to pick the brains of our experts! 

Presenter Biography

Professor Julie Simpson is Head of the Biostatistics Unit at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health and leader of the Biostatistics node of the Melbourne Clinical and Translational Science platform, University of Melbourne. She has 25 years’ experience collaborating with clinicians, basic scientists, epidemiologists and health policy-makers at universities and hospitals (and even refugee camps) based in Australia, Thailand, Vietnam and the United Kingdom.

Dr Emily Karahalios is a Senior Research Fellow based in the Biostatistics Units within the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University; and the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne. Emily previously held the position of Clinical Biostatistician at Western Health, where she provided biostatistical support to staff and students at Sunshine and Footscray Hospitals.

A/Prof Susan Donath is a Senior Biostatistician and Epidemiologist and Deputy Director of the Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. She has been a senior consulting biostatistician at the MCRI since 2003 and through this role has developed expertise in supporting all aspects of research design, protocol development, statistical analysis and reporting results.

Dr Emi Tanaka is a lecturer in statistics at The University of Sydney working in the interface of genetics, statistics and computing. Her PhD work focused on statistical bioinformatics (in particular, with methods in DNA motif evaluation) but post-PhD, she provided specialist statistical inputs to various plant improvement programs as part of Statistics for the Australian Grains Industry project.

Target Audience

Statisticians who provide statistical advice, analysis, and training to non-statisticians. This workshop will be of greatest interest to recent graduates and early career researchers who are keen to develop their skills in this area.

Learning Objectives

To introduce the skillset needed to be an effective biostatistical collaborator focusing on skills such as meetings, interactions, time management, written and oral communication, and ethics.

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