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Fall 2014

Some of the purposes of these sessions are: to promote biostatistics and biostatistical methodology; serve as a learning opportunity for both students and faculty; foster communication, collaboration, professionalism, career development.

The format will be varied: seminar presentations, journal club, discussions of work in progress, interact with visitors, etc.

Who is invited: biostatisticians and biostatisticians in training; all other hyphenated-, unhyphenated- and soon-to-be-statisticians with interests in applied statistics.

Biostatistics Seminars take place at Purvis Hall, 1020 Pine Avenue West, Room 25 on Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 pm[map].




16 September 2014

Osquel Barroso, PhD - Deputy Director Science, World Anti-Doping Agency

James Hanley, PhD - Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University

David Stephens, Phd - James McGill Professor, Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics, McGill University

Topic:  The statistical setting of decision limits for anti-doping tests in sport

23 September 2014

Nandini Dendukuri, PhD - Associate Professor at the Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University, Director of the Technology Assessment Unit of the MUHC

Topic:  The importance of recognizing heterogeneity in a meta-analysis: The case of evaluating probiotics for prevention of C. difficile diarrhea

30 September 2014

Shaun Lovejoy, Phd - Professor, Department of Physics, McGill University

Topic:  Using scaling to understand, model and predict global scale anthropogenic and natural climate change



7 October 2014

Lynne Moore, PhD - Associate Professor, Dept. of Social and Preventative Medicine, University of Laval

Topic:   Modelling quantitative independant variables


14 October 2014

Michelle E. Ross, Phd - Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, Dept. of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania

Topic:  Bayesian hierarchical models for smoothing in two-phase studies, with application to small area estimation

21 October 2014

Kristine Broglio, M.S. - Statistical Scientist, Berry Consultants

Topic:  Case Studies in Bayesian Adaptive Clinical Trial Designs

28 October 2014

50th ANNIVERSARY SPEAKER - Education Building - 3700 McTavish - Rm 129

David R. Bellhouse, PhD - Professor Dept. of Statistical & Actuarial Science, Western University of Ontario

Topic:  Edmond Halley's Life Table



4 November 2014

Anne-Sophie Charest, PhD - Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Université Laval

Topic:  Differential Privacy and Application to Model Selection

11 November 2014

50th ANNIVERSARY SPEAKER - Education Building - 3700 McTavish - Rm 129

Nancy R. Cook, ScD, - Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health

Topic:  Metrics for comparing risk prediction models

18 November 2014

James Brophy, MEng, MD, FRCP(c), FACC, PhD - Professor, Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health - McGill University

Topic:  Multicenter trials, guidelines, and uncertainties:  Do we know as much as we think we do?

25 November 2014

Robert Platt, PhD - Professor of Biostatistics, Departments of Pediatrics and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University
Investigator, McGill University Health Centre Research Institute

Topic:  Statistical Challenges in Administrative-Data Pharmacoepidemiology