Next Journal Club webinar to focus on clinical trials

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The Royal Statistical Society is to hold its first Journal Club of 2014 on 1st April at 2.30pm (BST). The webinar, being held jointly with PSI, will bring together two biostatisticians from both sides of the Atlantic, to talk on the theme of ‘Combination Therapies’.

Michael Sweeting will present his paper ‘Escalation strategies for combination therapy Phase I trials’ which was published in the PSI journal Pharmaceutical Statistics and co-authored with Adrian Mander.

Ying Yuan, from the biostatistics department in the University of Texas, will then introduce the paper ‘A Bayesian dose finding design for oncology clinical trials of combinational biological agents’, which was co-authored with Chunyan Cai and Yuan Ji and published in the Society’s Series C journal.

After both presentations (each due to take 20-25 minutes), lines will be opened for a discussion chaired by Professor James Carpenter, head of the Medical Statistics Department at the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who will also be joined by Tony Sabin from biotechnology firm Amgen.

The event is open to all and there is no need to pre-register. Anyone intending to dial-in is encouraged to read both papers in advance; both articles will be available to view at from 25 March to 22 April. Participants can also submit questions in advance of the event via email (at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Dial-in details are also available at Where there are multiple people dialling in from the same site, the organisers recommend booking a meeting room and dialling in together. Web access will be available via the above link on the day if preferred.

After the virtual event, presentation slides will be available to view and download from the above link and a podcast will also be made available.

The webinar is sponsored by Quintiles and Wiley.

Download the flyer for the event (opens as Word file).


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