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MSLA Workshop

'How to...' Statistics for MSLs

Wednesday 29 November, 2017


This educational workshop will show participants how to interpret results from randomised clinical trials and assume that participants will have a basic understanding of statistics.

Professor Allan Hackshaw will lead the training session.  He is Professor of Epidemiology & Medical Statistics at University College London, and Deputy Director of the Cancer Research UK & UCL Cancer Trials Centre, one of the largest cancer trials units in the UK. You can view Professor Hackshaw's biography here


The course will include the following core topics:

  • Brief outline of a randomised trial, and its key design strengths.
  • Measuring efficacy (effect sizes such as relative risk and hazard ratio), and understanding Kaplan-Meier curves.
  • Supporting statistics: 95% confidence intervals and properly understanding p-values (and how they are misinterpreted)
  • How can a treatment effect be both big and small?
  • Measuring safety/toxicity and drug adherence.


The day will be based around interactive sessions, with continuous dialogue between the presenter and each other.  Examples from the published literature will be used throughout and 2 clinical papers will be sent to delegates a few days beforehand to review in preparation for the day.

Venue: Birmingham Metropole, Pendigo Way, Marston Gr, Bham, B40 1PP



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Time               Topic

9.45                 Arrival and Welcome

10.00-10.30     Brief overview of randomised trial design

10.30-11.15     Understanding endpoints and effect sizes

11.15-12.30     Small group discussions (blood pressure & medical device trial)


12.30-13.15     Lunch


13.15-14.00     Relative vs. absolute treatment effects (how can a treatment effect be both big and small?)

14.00-15.00     Small group discussion (HIV vaccine trial)


15.00-15.15     Break


15.15-15.45     Subgroup analyses (incorrect and correct interpretation)

15.45-16.00     Closing remarks and questions



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