The Division of Biostatistics of the Medical College of Wisconsin in association with its partners is holding a national biostatistics conference. The conference is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Chapter of the ASA and the Section on Bayesian Statistical Science (SBSS) of the ASA. The focus of the conference will be modern biostatistics featuring the perspectives and ongoing work of leading statisticians from both the Bayesian and Frequentist viewpoints. Topics of primary interest are clinical trials, high-dimensional data, population health, precision medicine and survival analysis. The conference will be held September 28-30, 2017 at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. The autumn weather in Milwaukee is historically very pleasant and enjoyable. Beer-making, bratwurst and Oktoberfest are great German traditions brought to Milwaukee and Wisconsin by waves of immigrants. There will be social events featuring beer, bratwurst and biostatistics hosted at idyllic beer gardens on the cheese coast including an exclusive engagement of polka-palooza with The Polkaholics led by Don Hedeker with a guest appearance by Brad Carlin.
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
To understand why we are holding this conference, you need to know our history. The Division of Biostatistics was formed at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1992 when the Division of Biostatistics and Clinical Epidemiology split into two separate divisions: Biostatistics and Epidemiology, respectively. In 1993, Dr. John P. Klein arrived as Director and Professor of Biostatistics. John’s leadership set Biostatistics on a path of excellence which we follow to this day. The Division was founded on three pillars of Biostatistics: survival analysis, Bayesian statistics and statistical genetics.
Sadly, after a long battle with illness, Professor Klein passed away in July 2013. To honor his memory, we held the John P. Klein Memorial Conference in June 2014. The conference you are attending today is a continuation of this tradition. Professor Brent Logan is the current director and has been with the Division since 2001. Dr. Logan has expanded the focus of the Division’s research into modern biostatistical topics of interest such as high-dimensional data and Bayesian nonparametrics which brings us to our event today.
We have an altruistic purpose for holding this conference! We want to resurrect the biostatistics conferences held annually at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center from 2008-2011 which are now sorely missed by many in the community of biostatisticians. We propose that each year a different university, medical college, ASA chapter/section, or similar organization, would host this meeting. This year, the Division of Biostatistics, the Wisconsin Chapter of the ASA, AbbVie and the ASA Section on Bayesian Statistical Science are hosting this event. We hope the success of today’s conference will encourage others to host this event in the future.
Rodney Sparapani and Raphael Fraser,
Organizing Committee Co-chairs on behalf of the Organizing Committee
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