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How to Prepare for your Biostats Consult: Tips, Tricks and What to Expect

How to Prepare for your Biostats Consult: Tips, Tricks and What to Expect

October 4, 2023 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone
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How early is too early to contact your biostatistician? We would say it is never too early! In this session, we will go over some of the basics of what a biostatistician can help you with, what should be prepared beforehand, what to expect during your first consultation, general guidelines for timelines, and some frequently asked questions that you may run into along the way. After this presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions about biostatistical consultations within ITHS and across other ITHS-affiliated institutions.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  1. List at least two study/research characteristics that a (bio)statistican will need to know about for any consultation
  2. Identify two tasks that may need to be completed before an initial consultation
  3. Describe the collaborative nature of the scientist-statistician relationship

Event Materials

4 MBSLIDE PRESENTATION: How to Prepare for Your Biostats Consult

Schedule of Activities

12:00-12:05pm – Welcome and Introduction
12:05-1:29pm – Presentation and Discussion
1:29-1:30pm – Thank You and Feedback Survey

About the Speakers

Anna Faino is the manager of biostatisticians at Seattle Children’s Core for Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Analytics in Research (BEAR), and is a member of the Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) consulting service within ITHS. Anna has an educational background in biostatistics, mathematics and psychology. She has extensive experience with risk prediction modeling, longitudinal data analysis, and causal inference. Her areas of expertise and interest include biomarkers of disease progression, registry-based analyses, propensity modeling, time to event outcomes, and pre-award grant support. She works closely with the Pulmonary medicine department on several Cystic Fibrosis research projects.

Greta M. Linse, MS, is the Interim Director for Statistical Consulting and Research Services (SCRS) at Montana State University. Greta has been a biostatistician for over 15 years and has worked in statistical consulting for over 5 years. As the interim director Greta supervises a team of staff statisticians, as well as PhD and Master’s level graduate research assistants. In addition to directing SCRS, Greta is the lead on several projects ranging from clinical trials, pre-post intervention survey data, agricultural experiments, and genomic data analysis. After graduating with Master’s degrees in Mathematics and Statistics from Montana State University, she worked as a biostatistician and Director of Services at Golden Helix, Inc until 2016 when she returned to Montana State University.

Susanne May is a Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Washington (UW) and Director of the UW Clinical Trials Center. She has close to thirty years of experience providing statistical support for health research projects. She has taught many classes that cover a variety of biostatistical concepts. She is a co-author on two biostatistical textbooks that aim to relay statistical concepts to statistical as well as non-statistical audiences. She has collaborated on studies and trials that range in size from about 20 participants to over 100,000 participants. She has collaborated on a large number of grant proposals ranging in preparation time from days to years.