Month: February 2021

Data monitoring committees for clinical trials and the role of the statistician

Interview with David Kerr In today’s episode, we’re talking with a niche part of clinical research many statisticians never get actively involved in: DMCs. David Kerr comes with a deep knowledge and long experience in this setting. We’ll speak about: What is a DMC? What is the role of a DMC statistician? What are the …

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Bias-variance-trade off – an important principle you should know and 3 examples for it

The knowledge about the bias variance trade off is very important for you as a statistician as it comes across your work – especially exploratory work – all the time. Taking care about it will help you avoid problems of over- or underfitting your models.  Wikipedia explains the principle very well: “In statistics and machine …

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Reflections on Statistics Career Opportunities in Drug Development and Healthcare

Interview with Jenny Devenport Jenny has encountered several highly competent people throughout her career who have admitted that they entered one path or another based on certain assumptions that were not entirely correct. Further, she has talked with interns about their future career interests and she sees them teetering on the edges of some same fallacies. It’s …

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Career dedication and motivation – the unsung heroes of COVID

Interview with Nancy Carpenter The COVID-19 pandemic has put pharmaceutical research firmly into the spotlight, with the urgent need to develop new therapies, tests, and vaccines. For those outside the industry, hearing announcements in the mainstream media, it is not always easy to understand the intensity of the work and collaboration that fuels game-changing new …

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