Introductory Biostatistics

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   IMPORTANT DATES for this Course
   Deadline for applications: May 20th 2014
   Course date: June 2nd - June 6th 2014

Candidates with adequate profile will be accepted in the next 72 hours after the application, until we reach 20 participants.


Ana Luísa Papoila holds a degree in Mathematics (Probability and Statistics) from the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon (FCUL), a Master of Science in Statistics and Optimization, from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology, New University of Lisbon (UNL) and a PhD in Statistics and Operational Research, in the field of Probability and Statistics, from the FCUL in 2006. Since then, she is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the UNL where she coordinates and teaches several undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Biostatistics. Her main areas of research interest are Applied Health Statistics and Epidemiology. She is an integrated member of the Center of Statistics and Applications (CEAUL) since 2007 and she is a collaborator member of the Center of Chronic Diseases (CEDOC) since 2008. She is also responsible for the area of statistics of the Division of Statistics and Epidemiology from the Research Center of Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Central.

Affiliation: Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, UNL, Lisboa, PT

Maria Fernanda Diamantino is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL) where she teaches since 1989. She got a Master of Science in Probability and Statistics (work in the epidemiology area) and obtained her PhD in 2008 in Probability and Statistics. Over the years, she has taught several undergraduate statistical courses in various areas, for example, biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics and informatics. Since 2008 she is an integrated member of the Center of Statistics and Applications (CEAUL). In recent years she has been interested in biostatistics and applied health statistics and has taught postgraduate courses in that area.

Affiliation: Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, PT

Course description

This is one of our "Foundations" type courses, providing a systematic and detailed review of fundamental concepts and techniques in Biostatistics. Participants can expect to go through a set of exercises that are based on biomedical problems. These exercises are preceded by short lectures that are simple to follow. The lectures are designed to provide the conceptual framework that is needed to release the training power of the exercises, not to flood the participants with formality, which will be kept to a minimum. We will make use of a highly interactive methodology, taking advantage of our well equipped Bioinformatics training room. With this approach, we expect to bring the participants to a high degree of usage independence in using the methods that we cover.
Main topics: Descriptive Statistics; Probability; Statistical Inference; Design of Experiments.
See the Detailed Program.

Target Audience

Most participants have had one or more semester courses in Statistics in their graduate education. For some, learning Statistics has happened a long time ago, and that makes it difficult to go back and manipulate the concepts with full confidence. For others, school days were just a while ago, but using that knowledge represents a serious effort.
Opening a Statistics handbook, when you want to use Statistics righ away, is usually a painful experience, as concepts often show a less than obvious interdependence. Attending this course is a chance of revisiting those subjects in a systematic way, through a series of hands-on exercises, in a workflow that brings-in the skills in a seamless way.

Course Pre-requisites

Basic knowledge in Statistics is handy.
Elementary skills in computer usage are needed.
Basic Familiarity with the R environment will be necessary.

Detailed Program

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Apartado 14, 2781-901 Oeiras, Portugal

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Last updated:   May 18th 2014