Students' Day

Thursday 13th - Room: Sala Terra 2

From Nadine Binder, on behalf of the Students' Day organising group


We welcome all students to join the Students’ Day on Thursday, 13 July 2017.


The aim of the day is to stimulate discussion on how to be a good researcher, how to come up with biostatistical research projects of ongoing or future interest and to discuss difficulties that students face during their degree. It also provides an opportunity to practice your presentation skills in a semi-formal environment. Although research presentations are welcome from first time attendees, we strongly encourage students to instead use this opportunity to share their personal experiences about doing biostatistical research and how they have dealt with pitfalls that have come up in the research process. It doesn’t matter if you are studying for a masters, just about to start with your PhD or will hand in your thesis soon, the Students’ Day provides a perfect opportunity to meet your peers, exchange thoughts and ideas, and to get to know more about how to shape a career in biostatistics.



The majority of the day will be student presentations and time for discussion, but we have also invited the following three experienced speakers to give advice on strategies for a successful career in biostatistical research, and who will be there to discuss your research challenges with you:


  9:25 Welcome
    Nadine Binder. University of Freiburg

David W. Warne. Consultant Biostatistician and Academic Fellow at University of Geneva, Switzerland.

    How Not to Plan A Career in University, Big Pharma, Small Biotech, Medium Pharma, Consulting and back to University 



Session 1: Good research process: From programming discipline to adherence to guidelines

  Chair: Maja von Cube. 
  10:00 Theodor Adrian Balan - From scripts to packages: how to be disciplined about your R code 
  10:15 Alessandro Gasparini - Exploring results from simulation studies interactively 
  10:30  David Blanco de Tena-Dávila - Increasing research value, reducing waste: interventions to improve adherence to reporting guidelines in the context of MiRoR project 


  10:45 Discussion  
  11:00 Coffee break

Irene Schmidtmann. University Medical Center, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany


Portrait of a Consultant Biostatistician 




Session 2: On comparing and improving biostatistical approaches

  Chair: David Blanco de Tena-Dávila. 
  12:00 Hana Šinkovec - Tuned penalized regression – a solution to the problem of separation in logistic regression?  
  12:15 Oludare Ariyo - Bayesian Inference for skew-normal linear mixed models with covariates measurements errors  
  12:30 Sonia Pérez-Fernández - Generalizations of the receiver operating characteristic curve 


  12:45 Discussion
  13:00 Joint lunch
  14:30 Moderated round on open questions
  Chair: Maral Saadati & Michael Grayling. 


Session 3: Time-to-event data: From simple to complex solutions

  Chair: Theodor A. Balan. 
  15:15 Maja von Cube - Simple parametric analysis for a multi-state model in hospital epidemiology 
  15:30 Lionelle Nkam - Joint model for longitudinal marker and time-to-event in presence of competing risks: application on cystic fibrosis 
  15:45 Isaac Fwemba - Bayesian approach to modelling unobserved household and cluster effect on under five mortality rate in Zambia. An approach to inform strategic program implementation and decision marking in the health sector 
  16:00 Yovaninna Alarcón Soto - Data Science in HIV studies 


  16:15 Discussion
  16:30 Deborah Ashby. Imperial College London, United Kingdom.
    Using Statistical Theory, Epidemiology and Clinical Trials for Public Health Impact 

  17:00 Farewell and joint ice cream outside in the sun



The moderated round on open questions is supposed to be an opportunity for you to discuss topics that are not covered by any of the talks but which you like to get feedback on from your peers or the experienced speakers. These may e.g. be questions related the peer review process, work-life balance, issues with advisors, family planning & career, or how to deal with pitfalls in research. Specifically, we ask you to send your questions in advance, such that we can structure the moderated round session according to topics. So please, go ahead, and send your question(s) to Nadine Binder,



You can register for the Students' Day through the main ISCB conference registration website Participation will be free of charge for delegates also attending the main conference, and will be 30 EUR for participants attending the Students' Day only.


We encourage you as young researchers to attend the Students’ Day and seize the opportunity to gather input from peers as well as experienced senior statisticians in the field of biostatistics.


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