The Biomedical Informatics Centre (BMIC) of the National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, an arm of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), will organise a national level workshop on ‘Biostatistics and its applications in biomedical research‘ from March 24 to 28, 2014.
The ICMR’s initiative in organising the workshop is significant as biostatistics is rapidly emerging to play a key role in biomedical research in recent years. This workshop is designed to cover the concepts of basic and advanced biostatistical methods applicable to biomedical scientists. It is intended to stimulate interest in the minds of researchers and to help them enhance the quality of their research processes.
The five-day workshop, which is intended for biomedical scientists, doctors, research fellows, regulators and public health professionals, will be interactive in nature and various domain experts from different parts of the country will handle the sessions.
The topics that will be covered in the programme include introduction to biostatistics; emerging trends in big data handling; statistical study designs in epidemiology, clinical trials & animal experiments; sampling and sample size calculations; descriptive statistics; graphical representation of the data; testing of medical hypothesis; student’s t-test; correlation, regression, multiple regression and logistic regression; chi-square; ANOVA and MANOVA; generalized linear models; markov models; non- parametric approaches; factor analysis; cluster analysis; meta-analysis applications in medicine/bioinformatics; challenges of theoretical statistics; introduction to R; etc.
The workshop is of importance as the world is becoming more and more quantitative and data focused. Many professions depend on numerical measurements to make decisions in the face of uncertainty. Large volumes of data are being generated for biomedical research purposes using ultra-high-throughput assays and technologies such as gene expression microarrays and proteomics platforms. Informatics helps scientists to make sense of all this data and thereby plays a critical role in expediting the application of research findings from the bench
Many statisticians use quantitative abilities, statistical knowledge and communication skills to work on numerous challenging problems in biostatistics and allied areas. This exciting and versatile discipline is contributing to all fields of medical research and evidence-based healthcare and nutrition.