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

During the 2015-16 academic year, the Harvard Catalyst Biostatistics Program will present a series of talks based on recent advances in biostatistics, but with a focus on translation of those ideas to biostatistical practice. Speakers will provide detailed examples of the application of methods, often including discussion of software, code, and worked examples.

If you missed our October course on Meta-Analysis with Dr. Michael Stoto, you can now view it on our Past Seminars page.

Upcoming Seminars

Biostatistics Symposium: Statistical Issues in the Design and Analysis of Cardiovascular Disease

February 10, 2016
11:00am-4:00pm, DFCI, Yawkey Conference Center
Reservations are requested.

Session 1: Biomarkers and risk prediction and stratification

  • Novel assays for cardiac troponin: diagnosis, risk prediction, and treatment
    Brendan Everett, MD, MPH, Director, General Cardiology Inpatient Service, Brigham & Women's Hospital
  • Guidelines for cardivoscular therapy: risk- or benefit-based?
    Nancy Cook, ScD, Professor, Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Session 2: Genetics studies

  • Identifying novel genes for blood pressure
    Dan Levy, MD, Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Chief, Population Sciences Branch of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Director, Framingham Heart Study
  • Mega-genetic analysis applied to studies of human longevity and cardiovascular free survival
    Paola Sebastiani, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, Boston University

Session 3: Clinical trials

  • Clinical Outcome Trials are not either positive or negative
    Marc Pfeffer, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Experiences with interim trial monitoring, and misunderstanding about early stopped trials
    Robert Glynn, ScD, Professor of Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Moving beyond the comfort zone in practicing translational statistics for clinical studies
    LJ Wei, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Session 4: Observational studies

  • Design and analytical issues in the family-based Framingham Study
    Vasan Ramachandran, MD, DM, Cardiovascular epidemiologist, Framingham Heart Study
  • Assessing the effect of sleep disturbances on blood pressure adjusting for the use of hypertension medication
    Rui Wang, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders, Departments of Medicine and Neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Methodologies for the Study of Precipitants of Acute Cardiovascular Events
    Murray Mittleman, MPH, DrPH, Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Session 5: Post-marketing safety studies

  • FDA's Sentinel System for assessing the safety of marketed medical products
    Richard Platt, MD, MSc, Professor and Chair, Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute
  • An overview of Sentinel's current analytic capability and unmet needs
    Lingling Li, PhD, Associate Professor & Biostatistician, Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Director, Biostatistics Center, Harvard Medical School

With an introduction by Rebecca Betensky, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, & Program Director, Harvard Catalyst Biostatistics Program


February Journal Club

Henry Feldman, PhD
February 17, 2016
12:30pm-1:30pm, HSPH, Building 2, Room 426

Please join us for this meeting of the Harvard Catalyst Biostatistics Journal Club. The leader of this meeting will be Dr. Henry Feldman, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Boston. Please contact Letizia Allais for call-in information.


March Journal Club

Roger Davis, ScD
March 22, 2016
12:30pm-1:30pm, HSPH, Building 2, Room 426

Please join us for this meeting of the Harvard Catalyst Biostatistics Journal Club. The leader of this meeting will be Dr. Roger Davis, ScD, Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Please contact Letizia Allais for call-in information.


Adaptive and Sequential Clinical Trials

Paul Catalano, ScD, Cyrus Mehta, PhD, Yannis Jemiai, PhD, Charlies Liu, PhD
April 4, 11, 25, & May 2, 2016
8:00am-12:00pm, DFCI, SM 308/309
Reservations are requested.


April Journal Club

Jacqueline Starr, PhD, MS, MPH, and Kyu Ha Lee, PhD
April 27, 2016
12:30pm-1:30pm, HSPH, Building 2, Room 426

Please join us for this meeting of the Harvard Catalyst Biostatistics Journal Club. The leaders of this meeting will be Dr. Jacqueline Starr, PhD, MS, MPH, Associate Member and Director of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Course at The Forsyth Institute, and Kyu Ha Lee, PhD, Assistant Research Investigator at The Forsyth Institute. Please contact Letizia Allais for call-in information.

See also our past biostatistics seminars.