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33rd MBSW on the Horizon

1 February 2010 1,109 views No Comment
Melvin Munsaka of Takeda Global Research & Development, Workshop Publicity Chair, and Kjell Johnson of Pfizer, Workshop Chair


Ball State University will host the 33rd annual Midwest Biopharmaceutical Statistics Workshop (MBSW), cosponsored by the Biopharmaceutical Section, from May 24–26.

This year’s workshop theme revolves around how the role of statistics is adapting to change within the pharmaceutical industry. To start, Max Kuhn of Pfizer will present a half-day short course, titled Predictive Modeling with R. In the May 24 afternoon plenary session, speakers will focus on evolving career path opportunities for statisticians and new statistical opportunities in biotherapeutics.

Four parallel tracks will follow on May 25 and 26. The clinical track, organized by Steve Gulyas of Eli Lilly, will feature sessions on statistical methods and strategies for ethnic comparisons in multiregional clinical trials, evidence synthesis, and industry’s response to change.

The pre-clinical track, organized by Bill Pikounis of J&J, will look at modern scopes of pre-clinical statistics. This track will include sessions on new frontiers in drug-combination modeling, immune response and related antibody assays, and topics in pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic modeling.

The post-approval track, organized by Patrick Ryan of GSK, will focus on evolutions in post-approval monitoring of medicines and include sessions on identification of nonspecified conditions, monitoring of health outcomes of interest, and comparative effectiveness research.

The nonclinical track, organized by Greg Steeno of Pfizer, will include sessions on advanced modeling of accelerated stability studies, experimental design in CMC applications, and bioassay in a changing regulatory environment.

During the Tuesday lunch hour, there will be a contributed poster session, chaired by Krishna Padmanabhan of Pfizer. Posters will be considered on any biopharmaceutical statistical topic; abstracts are due April 19.

Students are especially encouraged to participate in the MBSW activities. A limited number of student travel scholarships are available, with preference given to students who present posters. The best student poster, as judged by a committee, will receive the Charles Sampson Award, named in honor of a founder and guiding force behind MBSW.

Additional opportunities to meet speakers and network will take place during the mixers on May 24 and 25. Aaron Brown, author of The Poker Face of Wall Street, will be the banquet speaker on May 25.

For more information, contact Melvin Munsaka, publicity chair, at mmunsaka@tgrd.com; Kjell Johnson, workshop chair, at Kjell.Johnson@pfizer.com; or Dale Umbach, local arrangements chair, at dumbach@bsu.edu.

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