Talks focused on translating recent advances in biostatistics into practice. Biostatistics Continuing Education
At a glance
Opportunity for
  • Continuing education on recent advances in biostatistics
  • All members of the Harvard Catalyst community, but primarily geared toward biostatisticians
Session Dates
  • Varies; see below for details

The Harvard Catalyst Biostatistics Program will present seminars on current applied topics in biostatistics. These will include our monthly journal club and work in progress sessions, seminar series, symposia, and short courses.

Journal Club/Work in Progress

April 2017 Journal Club

Wei Wang, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Brigham and Women's Hospital

April 19, 2017
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Room 2-426

May 2017 Work-In-Progress

Dianne Finkelstein, PhD
Professor of Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, MGH
May 23, 2017
MGH Biostatistics Center, 50 Staniford Street, Suite 560

Seminar Series

Biostatistics Seminar: Reproducible Research in Biostatistics: Some Concepts and Tools

Vincent J. Carey, PhD
Channing Division of Network Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

March 30, 2017
2:30pm-4:00pm, Room 1620 | Dana Building | DFCI


A workshop on "Statistical Challenges in Assessing and Fostering the Reproducibility of Scientific Results" was recently sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Foundation. I will start with a brief sketch of some key concepts of the workshop report. I will then review a number of my own efforts to implement reproducible research principles for projects in cancer genomics, vaccine evaluation, and statistical software design. For practical work in biostatistics, essential tools include software version control, verification via formal testing with "continuous integration," careful attention to data provenance, and "computable documents."

After the material of the talk is presented, the meeting will transition to an interactive mode, in which I will guide the audience in mobilizing GitHub, Rstudio, and Travis CI to understand what is involved in embedding reproducibility practice in daily work. Attendees interested in hands-on experience should have a account and should bring a laptop with a recent version of Rstudio. Talk materials and links to relevant resources are in development, viewable now at


Short Courses