MRC Conference on Biostatistics 2014

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The BSU is one of the largest groups of biostatisticians in Europe and has established itself as an internationally acclaimed centre for research in biostatistics and a major centre for training and knowledge transfer.

The critical mass of methodological, applied and computational expertise amongst our scientists has ensured an excellent balance between innovation and dissemination of statistical methods, with impact on genuine public health issues.

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Detecting Streptococcus pneumoniae serotypes


Richard Newton, member of Lorenz Wernisch’s group from the BSU’s Statistical Genomics theme, is analysing data on Streptococcus pneumoniae, also called pneumococcus, which is the main cause of pneumonia and meningitis in children and the elderly and a major cause of mortality worldwide. Asymptomatic carriage of the pneumococcus in the nasopharynx facilitates onwards transmission to []

Smoking Cessation Trials


In smoking cessation trials, it is common to assume that all those who fail to provide outcome data have also failed to give up smoking. This widely used, and advocated, “missing=smoking” assumption sets smoking cessation trials apart from those performed in other areas. This is because elsewhere it is common to assume that data are []

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