MRC Biostatistics Unit 12th Annual Armitage Lecture and Workshop

Thursday, 13 November 2014 from 10:30 to 18:00

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Behind the picture: Major Greenwood and the measure of medicine


The introduction of measurement into medicine established the foundations of the modern discipline of biostatistics, crucial to all aspects of medicine, epidemiology and public health. But how did statistics become so embedded? Isabel Baker looks back at Professor Major Greenwood, an eminent statistician of the 20th century, who developed and encouraged some of the first []

Why do some patients get worse while others don’t?


Statistics has been part of the work of the MRC for almost our entire history ― the MRC Biostatistics Unit is 100 years old this year. Here Dr Howard Thom, who did his PhD at the unit, describes how important it is to remember who statistics is for: patients. Psoriatic arthritis is a combination of []

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