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Anche quest’anno la SIB promuove il corso Statisticalps. In calce l’annuncio del corso e le prime informazioni disponibili.


*– STATISTICALPS: course on medical statistics in the Alps –*


We are pleased to announce that the 9th edition of the STATISTICALPS residential course will be a “Winter edition” – 2nd-5rd March 2020, Ponte di Legno (Brescia, Italy).

* — Instructors –*

Richard Cook, Professor of Statistics in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo in Canada http://www.math.uwaterloo.ca/~rjcook/

Daniel Farewell, Reader of Statistics in the School of Medicine at the Cardiff University in UK https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/123049-farewell-daniel



This course will provide an introduction to statistical methods for the analysis of longitudinal and life history data. An emphasis will be given to the kinds of data arising in epidemiology and public health research, with some issues being specific to the analysis of data from clinical studies.

The course will begin with a focus on common approaches for the analysis of repeated measurements from individuals over common scheduled assessment times, including mixed effects models, generalized estimating equations, and autoregressive models. Models and methods will then be discussed for the analysis of life history data obtained from continuous observation of individuals who are subject to right-censoring.

Following an introduction to survival analysis, methods or the analysis of recurrent event and multistate data will be covered. When data are only available from individuals at intermittent clinic visits, the underlying processes of interest are incompletely observed. Strategies for dealing with such data will be discussed for longitudinal marker processes, failure time processes and multistate models.

The assumptions justifying the various approaches to analysis will be highlighted, and the interpretation of covariate effects and other possible estimands will be emphasized. Recurring themes will include robustness, the implications of a dependence between the longitudinal or life history process and the observation process (i.e. missing data, censoring and informative observation mechanisms), and causal inference. Substantive examples from medical science will be used throughout the course to motivate the methods and illustrate the different interpretations given to estimates of intervention and other covariate effects. R code and selected output will be provided in worked examples.


A detailed program with fees and deadlines can be found in the brochure:

You can email us at statisticalps@unimib.it 

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41 ISBC Conference – Cracovia 23-27 Agosto 2020

Riporto l’annuncio della 41st Annual Conference of the International Society for Clinical Biostatistics (ISCB) che is terrà a Cracovia il prossimo agosto.

Join biostatisticians and health researchers from across the world at the 41st Annual Conference of the International Society for Clinical Biostatistics (ISCB), which will be held on August 23-27, 2020, in the medieval city of Krakow, Poland (www.iscb2020.info). The submission of Abstracts for oral or poster presentations will be open from January 15 to February 29, 2020.

ISCB conferences inform participants about cutting-edge methodological developments in a broad range of areas of statistics and data sciences relevant for medical research, and their innovative applications in clinical, population health, epidemiology and biomedical science studies. The conferences are typically attended by 600-800 researchers in (bio-)statistics and health sciences from universities, hospitals, public health or government agencies, and pharmaceutical industry in more than 50 countries.

The 2020 ISCB conference will offer rich opportunities to discuss with your peers both the analytical challenges encountered in your research and methods developed to address these issues, and to interact with world renowned leaders in different fields of statistics and biostatistics. In Plenary Sessions eminent researchers will address topics hotly debated in modern biostatistics: in the President’s Invited talk Miguel A. Hernan (Harvard) will discuss using Causal Inference to learn from real-world evidence, and the two Keynote Speakers Frank Harrell Jr. (Vanderbilt) and Trevor Hastie (Stanford) will exchange views on the relationships between Statistical Modelling and Machine Learning. In the 12 Invited Sessions, leaders in their fields will provide comprehensive views of recent methodological developments in both traditional areas of biostatistics (survival analysis, longitudinal and observational data, clinical trials, efficient designs, dealing with measurement errors and other data deficiencies) and the emerging fields of big data and functional analysis, omics and personalized medicine, and Bayesian modelling of infectious diseases. Other invited sessions will focus on current controversies regarding the concept of ‘statistical significance’, on reconciling evidence from randomized controlled trials and from population-based observational studies of drug safety/effectiveness, and on challenges related to causal inference in the presence of unmeasured confounding.

Four full-day pre-conference Short Courses on Absolute Risks, High-dimensional Data, Measurement Errors, and Statistical Modelling will be given by internationally renowned experts. Five Mini-Symposia on data science, guidance for analyses of observational data, statistical methods for pharmaco-epidemiology/-economics, high-dimensional data, and meta-analyses will complete the program.

The Early Career Researchers’ Day will provide a unique opportunity for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and biostatisticians at the beginning of their career to share experiences and advice, discuss opportunities and challenges, and practise their presentation skills in a less formal environment.

We encourage the submission of abstracts describing the development, critical examination and/or validation/comparison of new statistical methods, or innovative applications of modern biostatistics in research on human health.

Visit our conference website www.iscb2020.info for Abstract submission, registration and details of the conference program, including all 36 invited speakers and the titles of their talks, and the four short courses. Follow us on twitter @iscb41 to keep up to date with the information about the conference.

We look forward to seeing you in Krakow, with its World Heritage listed historical old town and its 656-year old Jagiellonian University.

Michal Abrahamowicz (McGill, Montreal, Canada) Chair of the Scientific Program Committee; and

Krystyna Szafraniec (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland), Chair of the Local Organizing Committee

Assegno di ricerca @UniSR Milano

E’ stato aperto il bando per un assegno di ricerca annuale nel settore SECS-S/01 con scadenza il 20 Dicembre 2019 presso l’Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele al link:


La ricerca rientra nell’ambito di un ampio rapporto di collaborazione che il CUSSB ha da tempo con il gruppo di Bioingegneria del Politecnico di Milano per l’implementazione di metodi statistici avanzati nella valutazione delle emozioni (http://pheel.polimi.it/).

L’assegnista interagirà con la ricerca anche di molti gruppi di biomedicina dell’IRCCS San Raffaele avvelendosi dell’ampia rete di collaborazioni sia a livello nazionale che internazionale. I fondi di ricerca per l’assegno sono disponibili per un rinnovo fino a 3 anni.


Si ripete anche quest’anno una delle iniziative più gradite tra quelle organizzate dalla Società Italiana di Biometria, (IBS – Italian Region).

Giunto alla sua 28° edizione, il CORSO DI METODOLOGIA STATISTICA PER LA RICERCA BIOLOGICA DI BASE ED APPLICATA si terrà a Gargnano nella splendida cornice di Palazzo Feltrinelli, sulle rive del lago di Garda, dal 18 al 22 novembre 2019.

Si tratta di un corso residenziale coordinato dal collega Federico Ambrogi responsabile delle iniziative didattiche della SIB. Da anni il corso rappresenta un appuntamento di successo sia per gli operatori di area biomedica che vogliano approfondire tematiche di Statistica medica con gli esperti del settore, sia per giovani statistici che si vogliano avvicinare alla disciplina della Biostatistica.

Il primo corso è dedicato alla Statistica descrittiva, inferenza e modelli statistici con R, mentre il secondo al disegno sperimentale e pianificazione di uno studio.

I corsi proposti sono rivolti a laureati in discipline scientifiche. Il Corso 1, Statistica descrittiva, inferenza e modelli statistici con R, si propone di introdurre gli studenti alle principali tecniche statistiche per le applicazioni in campo biologico e, più in generale, nell’ambito delle scienze della vita: verranno presentate le tecniche di modellistica standard, il modello lineare generalizzato e alcune soluzioni per i problemi con bassa numerosità campionaria e variabili non normali. Il Corso 2, disegno sperimentale e pianificazione di uno studio, è dedicato alle tecniche per il disegno e la pianificazione degli esperimenti. Verranno trattati esempi pratici nei diversi ambiti della biostatistica.

I corsi hanno carattere residenziale e prevedono attività teorico-pratiche e lavoro di gruppo. Si articolerà in lezioni frontali ed esercitazioni al computer (software R).

Le quote d’iscrizione sono le seguenti:

Corso Iscritto SIB Non iscritto SIB
Corso 1 230 € 300 €
Corso 2 150 € 220 €
Corsi 1+2 380 € 450 €

Il form per l’iscrizione è raggiungibile a questo link

PhD position in Public Health Sciences at University of Milan, Italy

The PhD in Public Health Sciences is mostly directed to young candidates whose interest is to develop research on international topics including clinical and epidemiological settings. To facilitate a multidisciplinary approach, the PhD in Public Health Sciences is open to young graduates belonging not only in the medical and health-care fields but also in other scientific fields, such as Biology, Biotechnology, Veterinary medicine, Statistics, Sociology, and Economics.

Successful candidates will receive a fellowship by the University of Milan, and will work in an interdisciplinary and stimulating environment.

The fellowships are for a period of 3 years, starting from October 2019.

The interested candidates must apply to the Ph.D call that is currently open online at the website




The deadline for applications will be 24 june 2019 (14:00)

For further information please contact:

Prof. Carlo La Vecchia – carlo.lavecchia@unimi.it

Chiara Padovese – chiara.padovese@unimi.it

Giornata delle donne in Matematica, 10 maggio 2019

Come SIB abbiamo accolto con piacere l’invito di molte società scientifiche internazionali a celebrare la giornata delle donne in matematica, identificata con il 12 Maggio (https://may12.womeninmaths.org/).

In particolare la SIB ha organizzato in data 10 Maggio, un evento che si concentra non solo sul contributo delle donne nella ricerca biostatistica ma anche della biostatistica nella ricerca per la salute delle donne. Trovate in attachment la locandina. Siete tutti invitati.

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