Biostatistics for Biomedical Researchers: Core statistical concepts and approaches for efficient experimental design and insightful analysis

The Stem Cell Network is pleased to offer this new Biostatistics for Biomedical Researchers training workshop. This workshop is intended 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 a data analysis and visualization software. The topics covered will be mostly based on the series “Points of Significance” which are articles on statistical methods published in the scientific journal Nature Methods.

The topics include:

  • Visualizing samples
  • Comparing samples
  • Power and sample size
  • Analysis of variance
  • When to use non-parametric tests
  • Blocking
  • Simple linear regression
  • Regression diagnostics
  • Multi-factor designs
  • Multiple regression
  • Analysis of outliers

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

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

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 analysing 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 Dates: Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25

Workshop location: Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME), University of Toronto.

Application DeadlineMonday, May 4, 2020.

Application Procedure & Registration Fees
Space in this workshop is limited; all those interested in participating must submit a completed application form to attend the Biostatistics for Biomedical Researchers workshop by Monday, May 4, 2020.

Financial Support Available
Stem Cell Network is offering a limited number of awards to enable eligible trainees to attend this workshop. All those who submit an application to attend will automatically be considered for trainee sponsorship and travel bursaries.

Details of the SCN Award and Application Procedure:
This SCN award provides financial assistance for trainees to attend the Biostatistics for Biomedical Researchers workshop, June 24-25, 2020, organized by Dr. Julie Audet, University of Toronto.


  • Application deadline is 11:59 PM (sender’s time) Monday, May 4, 2020.
  • The SCN award will cover travel expenses associated with attending the workshop, for trainees not based in Toronto:
    • Travel to / from the workshop location
    • Up to two nights shared accommodation at our designated hotel (the night before the workshop, day 1 and departure on day 2)
    • Meals not provided during the workshop
  • Reimbursement will be processed following the workshop and in accordance with the SCN Travel Booking & Reimbursement Policy (policy will be provided to the selected applicants).
  • Accommodation during the course will be provided for trainees not based in Toronto. Two trainees of the same gender may be required to share a room.
  • The SCN award will also cover the workshop registration fee (paid directly to the organizers).

Eligibility for the SCN Award:

  • 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 Rebecca Cadwalader at rcadwalader@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.

Application Procedure:

  1. Complete the application form and return it, along with any additional documents required, by email to rcadwalader@stemcellnetwork.ca by 11:59 PM (sender’s time) Monday, May 4, 2020.
  2. The SCN Training & Education Committee will review all complete applications, and applicants will be informed of the competition outcome by Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

Reporting and Communication Requirements:
By accepting a SCN award, 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.

For further information on this workshop or for application related enquiries please contact Rebecca Cadwalader at rcadwalader@stemcellnetwork.ca

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