Statistical Issues in Clinical Research: Everything you thought you knew but…

Tuesday, 14 August 2018 to Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Presented by internationally renowned author, statistician and clinical trials expert, Professor Stephen Senn


Day 1 will provide an overview of statistics in clinical research from several perspectives and is suitable for all who work in clinical research and have an interest in statistics. Amongst matters covered are the value of control, randomisation and blinding in clinical trials, sources of bias, including regression to the mean and some aspects of sample size determination. 

Day 2 will be more technical and provides perspectives on the use of baselines, measurement of outcomes, design and analysis of more complex trials and the challenges of personalised medicine.

This course is based on Stephen Senn's many writings on clinical trials. No punches are pulled and important issues will be frankly discussed whether they concern matters on which there is general consensus or those that attract controversy. Mathematical detail will be avoided but the value of statistics as a form of advanced common sense and a guide to rational decision-making will be stressed.

The emphasis will be on practical philosophy rather than abstract algebra. The overall aim is to provide new slants on some familiar material as well as covering some more advanced topics, as a contribution towards improving discussion, debate and communication in clinical research.

Who should attend?

This workshop is designed for statisticians and clinicians with an interest or experience in clinical trials.

Venue Details
Bio 21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute 
Mezzanine Level 1 
30 Flemington Rd
(See map and parking details attached)


Click here to see workshop fees.

Registration now open via Trybooking.

Please note the following:

  • Early bird rate until 20/7/18.
  • Students must be full time.  ID number is required to register.
  • ViCBiostat post docs and PhD students may attend for discount price.  Supervisor approval must be emailed to Marian first.  Contact Marian for registration process and relevant promo code.
  • MCRI staff may request a cost centre transfer but must complete online registration process for administration purposes.  Please contact Marian Chandler for details regarding the process prior to registering.  
  • All prices inclusive of GST.
  • Registration fee includes morning and afternoon tea and a light lunch each day.
  • Course runs from 9.00am-5.00pm each day with registration from 8.30am.
  • A small booking fee applies in addition to prices stated.
  • Cancellation policy: refund of registration fee less 25% if cancellation within 1 week of course.  

    Contact Marian Chandler for any questions regarding registration.
Professor Stephen Senn

Prof. Stephen Senn

Statistical Consultant

Prof Stephen Senn has had a wide range of experiences in academia, the pharmaceutical industry and the National Health Service in England. From 2011 to 2018 he was at the Luxembourg Institute of Health and was previously a Professor in Statistics at the University of Glasgow (2003) and University College London (1995-2003). He is the author of three influential books, Cross-over Trials in Clinical Research (1993 & 2002), Statistical Issues in Drug Development (1997, 2007) and Dicing with Death (2003).  His expertise is in statistical methods for drug development and statistical inference. He is well known as a lively and stimulating speaker on the statistical aspects of clinical trials.

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