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Biostatistics for non-statisticians


2-3 November 2017

Lang EN Workshop language is English

Zoia Debora, Coordinatrice CUSO MPS, Université de Lausanne; Corinne Dentan, Coordinatrice CUSO StarOmics, Université de Lausanne


Romain-Daniel Gosselin, BIOTELLIGENCES LLC, Lausanne


The objective of this workshop is to highlight the systematic and universal nature of the vast majority of statistical flaws and their solutions. The course aims to explain the importance of biostatistics for science reproducibility/reliability and teach good practices. The lectures are tailored to biologists and concentrating on logic thinking behind biostatistics. Particular emphasis is placed on experimental design, analysis and presentation.

- Biostatistics:
A short (and digestible) introduction to biostatistics;
Statistical inference: testing an hypothesis;
Statistical design: power, independence of variables, randomization

Selection of statistical tests;
Parametric vs. non-parametric tests;
Regression and correlation;
Multiple comparisons: ANOVA and beyond;
Introduction to linear models;
Repeated measures;
The problem of p-values.

- Data presentation:
Graphical display;
Error-bars, scatter plots and box plots: the dos and don'ts;
Which information to disclose?

- Hand on workshop & 'consulting' session:
Critical analysis of biostatistics of published articles.
The last afternoon is dedicated to common discussion on biostatistical questions and problematics related to students' research projects. Questions will be sended to the teacher some weeks before the course through a form.




Detailed information will follow in due time

For any question about the course content please contact the teacher Romain-Daniel Gosselin at rdg[@]


Fees & Reimbursements
Reimbursements: Train ticket, 2°class, half-fare from your institution to the place of the activity; meal expenses (1meal/day) up to 25CHF/meal.

CUSO StarOmics Students:
Reimbursement form attached with original tickets has to be sent to the StarOmics coordinator Corinne Dentan at University of Lausanne, CIG, Génopode, 1015 Lausanne.

For any question concerning reimbursement please contact Corinne Dentan at starOmics[@]


Deadline for registration: 25 October 2017

This is a shared course MPS & StarOmics Program and places availables will be assigned proportionally (6 students of each program).



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