Statistical Workshop Series addresses multiple core competencies in translational research

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Published February 7, 2018

The CTSI Statistical Workshop Series, which began in September and continues through May, includes the following core competencies: statistical approaches, study design, sources of error, research questions and literature critique. 

“The workshop is suitable for anyone who is conducting statistical analysis in biomedical and health-related studies, and is eager to understand the whole package of logistic regression.”
Jiwei Zhao, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics
School of Public Health and Health Professions
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“The series encourages attendees to differentiate between the analytic problems that can be addressed with standard methods and those requiring input from biostatisticians and other scientific experts,” said CTSI Workforce Development Director Margarita Dubocovich, PhD, a SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. 

The Statistical Workshop Series aims to describe the role that biostatistics serves in biomedical and public health research. Attendees learn to scrutinize the assumptions behind different statistical methods and their corresponding limitations. There is an emphasis on the importance of collaboration with biostatisticians in the design, conduct and analyses of clinical and translational research.

Attendees will learn to formulate well-defined clinical or translational research questions to be studied in human or animal models, and how to incorporate regulatory precepts into the design of any clinical or translational study.

On Wednesday, February 14, Jiwei Zhao, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics, will present “Logistic Regression,” the next workshop in the series. “The workshop is suitable for anyone who is conducting statistical analysis in biomedical and health-related studies, and is eager to understand the whole package of logistic regression,” said Zhao.

The Statistical Workshop Series was first offered in September 2016 as the first series of the CTSI Core Competency curriculum. The overall curriculum is designed to increase the knowledge base of researchers and trainees in 14 subject areas deemed to be essential to researchers in clinical and translational science by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).

UB’s CTSI currently offers workshop series in six of the core competency areas, with plans to add at least two more this academic year.