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Biostatistics for Biomedical Researchers

Core statistical concepts and approaches for efficient experimental design and insightful analysis

Note: This workshop is hosted online.

The application process is closed.

Biomedical research often generates huge amounts of data and appropriate statistical treatment is essential for drawing the correct conclusions from the raw data. A basic understanding of statistical principles and how to apply them to your data can take your experiments to the next level.

The Stem Cell Network (SCN) is offering the Biostatistics for Biomedical Researchers training workshop to provide biomedical researchers with an introduction to basic statistical concepts and methods relevant to designing and analyzing experiments. The workshop also provides a good foundation in the use of discovery tools provided by data analysis and visualization software. The topics covered were selected from the series “Points of Significance,” which are articles on statistical methods published in the scientific journal Nature Methods.

The topics covered will include:

  • Visualizing and comparing samples
  • Power and sample size
  • Randomization
  • Analysis of variance
  • Blocking
  • Analysis of residuals
  • Repeated-measures designs

The concepts and methods will be illustrated with realistic case studies and examples that are commonly encountered by biomedical researchers. The statistical software used in this course is JMP®.

This event is hosted by SCN and organized by Julie Audet, Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto.

Who Should Attend?
This biostatistics workshop is designed for stem cell and regenerative medicine “wet bench” research trainees‡ who are looking to gain an appreciation of the basic statistical concepts and methods relevant to designing and analyzing experiments.

‡ A research trainee is a graduate student, post-doc, research associate and/or technician currently working in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine in a Canadian lab.

Workshop Learning Objectives:

  • Appreciate the importance of uncertainty in statistical testing
  • Become familiar with the most widely used statistical approaches to visualize observations from samples and analyze factor effects
  • Become proficient at validating statistical methods for specific data sets
  • Distinguish between experimental designs that are easy to analyze from those that require more advanced methods
  • Use statistical principles to design experiments with an economy and efficiency perspective

Workshop Format and Dates:
The sessions will each be 1.5 hours (1-2:30 p.m. ET) and held on the following three days:

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2022
  • Wednesday, June 15, 2022
  • Thursday, June 16, 2022

Workshop Location: Hosted online. A link to the online sessions will be provided to successful applicants.

Application DeadlineWednesday, May 4, 2022.

Application Procedure & Registration Fees:
Due to the interactive nature of this training event, spaces on this online workshop are limited; all those interested in participating must submit a completed application form to attend the Biostatistics for Biomedical Researchers workshop by Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

Spaces are limited on this important training opportunity. SCN will cover the registration costs (paid directly to the organizers) of this event for applicants who attend all sessions. For individuals that fail to attend all sessions a fee of $500 will be charged to their supervisor to cover the costs associated with delivering this training event.

A confirmation email will be sent within 24 hours of SCN receiving the submitted application package. If a confirmation email is NOT received from SCN within 24 hours of submission it is the responsibility of the applicant to contact SCN and ensure that the application package has been received by SCN.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be a trainee highly qualified personnel (HQP) (i.e. a graduate student, post-doc, research associate and/or technician currently working on a research project in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine in a Canadian lab.)
  • If you’re unsure whether you are a trainee/HQP, please email Ellie Arnold at earnold@stemcellnetwork.ca for confirmation.
  • Applicants must clearly demonstrate that they will apply the techniques learned at the course to their own stem cell research project within one year.

Workshop Requirements:
Note that participants in this workshop are required to use their own laptop computers, and the laptop must be able to run JMP. Please ensure that your laptop is able to run JMP by downloading the 1 month trial version of JMP a few days before the workshop start date. A second monitor or screen will be required to enable participants to simultaneously use the JMP software and view the workshop video stream.

Application Procedure:

  1. Complete the application form and return it, along with any additional documents required, by email to earnold@stemcellnetwork.ca by 11:59 PM (sender’s time) Wednesday, May 4, 2022.
  2. The SCN Training & Education Committee will review all complete applications, and applicants will be informed of the competition outcome by Thursday, May 12, 2022. Notification of acceptance for successful applicants will include a registration link for joining the online workshop sessions.

Reporting and Communication Requirements:
By accepting a place on this workshop, the recipient agrees to provide a report describing the value of the training and networking opportunities made available through the award. This information will be used at SCN’s discretion on its website, newsletters and for the purpose of reporting to their funding agencies. By registering for this workshop attendees also accept to have their pictures taken during workshop and used in materials as described above. Please note that expense reimbursement will be processed only once the completed report is received.

Questions:
For further information on this workshop or for application related enquiries, please contact Ellie Arnold at earnold@stemcellnetwork.ca.

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