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1 July 2014 82 views No Comment
Edited by Feifei Wei, Biometrics Section Publications Officer

    Please join us at the Biometrics Section mixer and business meeting during JSM 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. It will be held August 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Lighthouse II of the Seaport Boston Hotel.

    In addition to it being a networking opportunity, the mixer will feature the presentation of the 2014 David P. Byar Young Investigator Award and section travel awards. The mixer is open to all JSM attendees.

    For information about this year’s CE courses and invited sessions sponsored by the Biometrics Section, see the June issue of Amstat News.

    JSM 2015

    It’s also time to start thinking about invited sessions for next year’s Joint Statistical Meetings, which will be held August 8–13 in Seattle, Washington. Anyone interested in organizing an invited session or who has ideas for one should contact the section’s 2015 program chair, Rebecca Hubbard, at hubbard.r@ghc.org.

    A typical invited session consists of three 30-minute talks followed by a 10-minute invited discussion and 10 minutes of floor discussion. However, other formats are possible. The 2014 program is a good source for examples.

    The Biometrics Section will have at least four invited sessions, but will be able to compete for additional slots. The most mature ideas will have an advantage.

    Also, submit ideas for short courses to the section’s 2015–2016 Continuing Education chair, Andrea Troxel, at atroxel@mail.med.upenn.edu.

    Biometrics Section Funds Travel Award

    Applications are being accepted for a PhD-level biostatistician interested in conducting methodological or collaborative research in radiology/imaging clinical trials to attend a workshop in Scottsdale, Arizona, January 10–16, 2015. The workshop presents an opportunity for a biostatistician to learn the relevant methodology and gain experience collaborating with radiologists and imaging specialists. The award, funded by the Biometrics Section, will cover up to $3,000 in travel costs.

    Each year, the Radiology Society of North America (RSNA) holds this workshop for faculty members and fellows in radiology, radiation oncology, and nuclear medicine academic departments. The workshop—which includes a curriculum infused with statistical and methodological concepts and examples—provides hands-on training in the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of clinical trials in radiology and imaging through didactic sessions, one-on-one mentoring, small discussion sessions, self-study, and protocol development workgroups.

    A group of 20 MD and PhD faculty members (including five PhD biostatisticians) with extensive experience in radiology clinical trials will provide a student to faculty ratio close to 1:1. Attendees will shadow biostatistics faculty members to observe the collaborative process of developing clinical trials in radiology, in addition to learning the methodological aspects of this field.

    Eligible applicants will hold a PhD in biostatistics or a related field (e.g., statistics) and have an interest in the design, conduct, and analysis of imaging clinical trials. Interested applicants should email a one-page letter of interest, CV, and letter of support from their department head to Diana Miglioretti (dmiglioretti@ucdavis.edu) with “RSNA CTMW Biostatistics” in the subject line. The deadline for receipt of applications is August 15, and announcement of the award will be made by October 1.

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