Introduction to Biostatistical Methods with Applications to HIV and TB Research

Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, K-RITH Tower Level 1
Event Date: 
Tuesday, 7 November, 2017 to Friday, 10 November, 2017
Application Deadline: 
Friday, 13 October, 2017

This interactive workshop will provide an introduction to basic biostatistical concepts and statistical literacy, basic data management, and key statistical considerations for the design and analysis of clinical trials.  Concepts will be motivated from real-world examples in clinical and laboratory research on HIV vaccines and TB.

After completing this workshop, scholars will be able to:

  • Understand and explain basic biostatistical concepts;
  • Apply basic data management principles to create accurate data sets;
  • Increase statistical literacy to improve understanding and critical review of the scientific literature;
  • Describe key clinical trial design features with application to HIV vaccine trials;
  • Understand fundamental statistical methods relevant to laboratory assay validation/qualification/optimisation.

 This 3,5-day workshop (Tuesday to Thursday 8h45 to 17h00) and Friday (8h45 to 12h15) will involve short lectures with quizzes and interactive group exercises to apply key concepts. Participants will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with faculty to answer questions on the material covered. 

Workshop faculty include:

  • Zoe Moodie, Senior Staff Scientist, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, USA.
  • Lori Dodd, Mathematical Statistician, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Maryland, USA.
  • Martha Nason, Mathematical Statistician, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Maryland, USA.
  • Michael Duvenhage, Clinical Trials Data Operations Manager, Leidos Biomedical Research Inc., Maryland, USA.

Additional Members of Organising Committee:

  • Peter Gilbert, Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, USA
  • Thumbi Ndung’u, SANTHE Programme Director
  • Denis Chopera, SANTHE Programme Executive Manager
  • Victoria Kasprowicz, SANTHE Senior Strategic Advisor

Who should apply? 

Trainees and investigators at the Masters, PhD, or Post-doctoral level with a background in HIV and/or TB research who wish to further their understanding of basic statistical concepts. (Preference will be given to SANTHE and HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) affilates.)

Applications for this course are now closed