2013 Biostatistics Seminar Series
Presented by the Biostatistics Unit, Centre for Evidence-based Health Care
Supported by the Stellenbosch University Rural Medical Education Partnership Initiative
Overarching objective of the seminar series: The objective of this seminar series is to acquaint
participants with topical biostatistical issues. The seminar series will breakdown biostatistical concepts
allowing easy comprehension without use of threatening formulas. Where appropriate, examples
will be used for illustration.
Target audience: This seminar series is targeted at post-graduate students, postdocs and faculty.
However, anyone interested in learning more about biostatistical concepts is welcome.
|28 August||The Tyranny of Power: sample size considerations||A brief review of sample size issues to consider when planning a study. The talk will review the current arguments about using significance testing or confidence intervals to estimate sample size.|
|25 September||Biostatistical wars: Significance testing versus Interval Estimation||In this talk, the debate on whether to perform Null Hypothesis Significance Tests (NHST) versus Confidence Interval Estimation will be covered. The presenter will contrast the merits of one over the other.|
|30 October||Recent developments in observational data analysis I||Evidence from non-experimental study designs has always been considered inferior to RCTs. Analytic methods that can be used to improve quality of evidence from observational studies will be covered. This talk will cover the popular propensity score method and its application.|
|27 November||Recent developments in observational data analysis II||This talk will highlight the use of a class of estimators, inverse probability of treatment weighted (IPTW) estimates, in the analysis of observational studies.|
The seminars will be presented by Dr Rhoderick Machekano, Head of the Biostatistics Unit.
All sessions are CPD accredited
Venue: 4053C, 4th Floor, Teaching Block, Tygerberg Campus
RSVP: Lezel Fisher – firstname.lastname@example.org
Stellenbosch university rural medical education partnership initiative