The Effective Statistician - in association with PSI

The Effective Statistician - in association with PSI

The Effective Statistician - in association with PSI

Success starts in your head

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In this episode we share out ideas and experience, which mindset sets up statisticians for success. We cover topics around:

- Leading people
- Convincing business partners
- Delivering value and selling it - and what does selling means
- Thinking outside the status quo to improve things in the long run 
- Always learning about the business and the people in the business
- Learning about statistical innovation
- Doing things more effectively
- Becoming more impactfully
- Raising your business acumen - internally and externally
- Having quality in mind 

Quote of the Episode by Bill Gates “Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”

How to get out most from your PSI membership

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The guest in this episode represents the sponsor of this show - Nigel Howitt - current chair of PSI.

After a short introduction of Nigel and his experience with PSI, we will cover the following topics:

- How can someone, that is interested become a new PSI member?
- What rules are there for students?
- If you’re a data scientist in the pharma industry- is PSI the right association?
- How to get most out of PSI?
- What are the different ways, you can become more engaged within PSI?
- How can you get involved with one of the PSI committees? 
- What’s the role of the SIGs and how do you get involved there?
- What Nigel is recommending new members of PSI as first steps?
- What are your highlights of the PSI conference in Amsterdam?

Finally, we'll also discuss how to get most out of the conference.

A picture says more than 1000 tables!

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In this podcast episode, we tackle a difficult topic for a podcast, but Zak provides lots of expertise in this field and will introduce you to what visual analytics is and how it will help you.

Furthermore, we touch on questions like:

What is the difference that visual analytics plays in 'exploring/learning' and 'messaging'?
Why is visual analytics important? Why should I care?
How does the job of a statistician in visual analytics look like?
Is visual analytics purely descriptive and exploratory in nature?
What does the future of visual analytics in the pharma industry will bring?
How can you implement these approaches in your day to day work?
What tools are there for beginners, people with decent programming or advanced programming skills?
What are the other places to learn more about Visual Analytics? (IEEE VIS: InfoViz, SciViz, and VAST; Flowing Data; Perceptual Edge)
What you can expect from Zaks presentation at this years PSI conference in the wednesday morning session “A picture says more than 1000 tables- interactive data review using visual analytics”

How to become a world expert in an indication as a statistician

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If we think of world experts, we often think of people, that are candidates for the Nobel prize. We tend to have the believe, that we will never be able to achieve such a status. Actually most of us probably don’t even think about getting to this level.

This is why we are so happy to have Claire Brittain as our guest on the show. In an ordinary role of a statistician working in early phase, she has done outstanding work.

Listen to her story of how she came to be called a world expert on Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), a rare neurodegenerative disease.

This amazing story has lots of learnings for each of us.

Finally, Claire will present a poster about her work at the PSI conference in Amsterdam. Actually, it’s not just a poster, but listen to the episode and you’ll learn what’s so special there.

Your choice!

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In todays episode, we take a look into the future - the future of PSI and how it will impact you. Both candidates, that run for becoming chair of PSI - Lucy Rowell and Naomi Givens - speak about their vision in our interview today.

Of course, this episode will help you to decide who to vote for, but it will also help you to understand how to benefit from PSI by becoming an active member. Both candidates share their stories of how they got more and more involved within PSI and how they were able to impact the world of statistics through PSI.

In more detail, we’ll cover the following topics in the episode:

Experience of the candidates with PSI
Achievement at PSI and their current role on the board of directors for PSI
Why do they want to become chair of PSI
Changes to PSI, that the candidates would like to initiate
The candidates visions for the future for PSI and how to get there

How to write impactful and effective emails while avoiding common mistakes

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Do you have a lot of email ping-pong, where emails go back and forth many times – too many times?

Are you aware about the brand of you, that you communicate with your email style?

Is email your default communication tool?

Then this episode is for you. We have researched various articles on good email writing copies and distilled the best for you in this episode.

By listening to this episode, you will learn about:

When is email the best way to communicate?
Approaches to attachments.
How to take care of your style?
How to structure your emails?
About different email cultures
Simple actionable tricks to improve your effectivity directly

Tips and tricks to reduce your email burden including the last resort option

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Everybody uses email multiple times during the day and email represents a key communication channel. Managing the flood of emails effectively, will reduce your stress.

In this episode, we discuss various approaches, that we learned over the years from different productivity experts. We discuss how we implement them in our daily routines.

By listening to this episode, you’ll learn about these topics:

What are helpful mindsets about emails
Five step approach to managing emails
Good habits to establish like
Reply in a timely manner
Send and respond less to receive less.
Tips on how to set up filters
Smartphone vs desktop email checking
When and when not to work on emails
And the option of last resort

Is data science something for you?

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Data science, big data, business analytics … these are all buzz words in the industry at the moment and the hopes are high on what these areas will provide to our industry.

Cytel organized a long session about data science for the PSI conference 2018 in Amsterdam (learn more and register here).

In this episode, we’ll speak about:

Why is data science such a hot topic at the moment?
How can we separate the different buzz words?
Is this only something for google, amazon and such companies?
What distinguishes a statistician from a data scientist?
What are the biggest areas of impact for data science?
What case studies are there, where data science had a profound impact?
Which problems you might face?
Which role do visualization approaches play in data science?
What’s the difference between “machine learning” and “deep learning”?
What would a statistician need to know, in order to compete in this field?
Where are good resources for this (see also the Cytel blog here)?

Finally, we will dive into the sessions, which Cytel chairs as the main sponsor of the PSI conference. You’ll learn if this session is a good fit for you.

About Yannis Jemiai
Yannis Jemiai has a pivotal role within Cytel, leading the company’s consulting and software business units, as well as the global marketing group. With Cytel Consulting he heads up an elite team of biostatisticians, skilled in applying the latest trial techniques and methods, to help our customers accelerate clinical development and mitigate portfolio risks.

Yannis also oversees the development of Cytel’s software product lines, including trial design packages East® and Compass®, and exact statistics applications StatXact® and LogXact®.  Yannis guides global marketing efforts to raise the awareness of and uncover new opportunities for the company's growing range of clinical research services and specialized software.

His own research has been published in numerous statistical journals. Dr. Jemiai earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University, an M.P.H. from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Molecular and Cellular Biology also from Harvard

About Rajat Mukherjee
Rajat Mukherjee has 15 years of professional experience as an industry and academic statistician, and brings a range of expert knowledge to Cytel’s customers. This includes work in pattern recognition problems for devices and biomarker discovery, Bayesian clinical trials, adaptive designs, and design and analysis of complex epidemiological studies. His experience and expertise also includes statistical computing, survival analysis, longitudinal analysis, nonparametric and semiparametric inference, as well as statistical classification and high-dimensional data. Rajat has a strong background and interest in the development and implementation of statistical methodology with application to real life medical problems.

Why should I get involved with PSI and what it’s like to run the PSI conference?

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In this episode, we’ll cover Lucys story about her work within PSI and how it helped her to with her promotion. She shares tips and tricks to make it happen and we explore, what it takes to become an active PSI member.

Lucy is the conference chair for the PSI conference 2018 in Amsterdam. As such, we also talk about various hurdles and benefits of running such a large event. Lucy explains what you can expect from this years conference and how learnings from previous conferences are implemented.

Learn more about the details of the program etc and register for the PSI conference 2018 in Amsterdam here.

About Lucy Rowell
Lucy has been an active member of the PSI Scientific Committee for 6 years and this is her final year as the conference chair! Lucy is currently embarking on a 50% rotation into the UK Affiliate, supporting early pipeline molecules, from either a Medical or Marketing perspective.

During her 15 years at Roche, Lucy has enjoyed a 6 month secondment to the US and worked in a number of disease areas including: inflammation, virology, metabolism, infectious diseases and oncology projects, across all phases of clinical development and has been involved in designing a wide variety of trial designs implementing both frequentist and Bayesian approaches.

When not in work, you will most likely find Lucy out listening to live music, walking her dog Buddy or curled up on the sofa reading a good book with a glass of vino.

10 reasons for your supervisor to approve your attendance at the PSI conference

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Are you afraid of asking your supervisor for approval to travel to Amsterdam to attend the PSI conference?

Do you need convincing arguments for them to approve your travel?

In this episode, we talk about arguments, that help you in your discussion with your supervisor. We're talking specifically about the PSI conference 2018 in Amsterdam, but these points will very much be applicable for future PSI conferences as well.

You probably don’t want to tell them, that Amsterdam is a very nice city and the social activities will be lots of fun. But here are some arguments, that might help you to get the approval:

The conference is highly relevant to statisticians in the pharma industry. There are no ivory tower research sessions with little practical applications. All the topics were selected having statisticians in the pharma industry as the target audience in mind. 3 days packed with specialized content.
Many of the sessions will help you to work more effectively in your job with higher quality outcomes. You will learn how other companies solve the same problems that you have.
The vast majority of speakers are very experienced presenters, that will enable you to learn much more in shorter time. Lots of work is put especially into the many invited sessions, to compose the different presentations and give you a holistic experience of a session rather than a collection of vaguely related topics.
There are a number of workshops during which you can learn hands-on skills to apply directly to your work. E.g. you can participate in a development and coaching session targeted especially for statisticians (not a general one, that any training company offers).
During the informal breaks and at the social events in the evening you may meet with your clients (if you work for a CRO) or your vendors (if you work for pharma) and build relationship and trust. This will make current or future collaborations much easier. Alternatively, it may help to build future business relationships.
Are you working on regulatory or HTA submissions? Many sessions and workshops will cover hot topics and after attending them, you will be better prepared for your high-impact contributions to these critical submissions for your business. You will also meet some staff from the HTA and regulatory bodies at the conference.
Do your business partners don’t understand what estimands are? Do they have a hard time to understand the Bayesian concepts that you’re applying? Learn at the conference to better communicate about these topics from industry leads on these fields. This will help you to be more impactful during critical conversations with your business partners and you can provide examples of how others in the industry are solving problems.
#8 Do you have a formal development plan? Put it in there and your supervisors will be happy that there is already something ticked for their HR deliverables. And if this is in-line with your business objectives – even better.
The conference is cheap compared to a DIA meeting or any international medical conference. Take further advantage of the early bird discount rate up to the 21st March 2018.
You have a poster to be presented at the conference. Ok – this only works, if your supervisors approved the submission of the poster. But it is always something for them to sell upwards, that you’re an active contributor. The poster deadline is the 28th Feb 2018.
Not every reason will work in every situation and with every supervisor. Try to understand, what goals your supervisor has and tailor these arguments towards these goals.

Register and find out more about the conference here!

Do you have more reasons to attend? Please leave a comment below.

About this podcast

The podcast from statisticians for statisticians to have a bigger impact at work. This podcast is set up in association with PSI - Promoting Statistical Insight. This podcast helps you to grow your leadership skills, learn about ongoing discussions in the scientific community, build you knowledge about the health sector and be more efficient at work. This podcast helps statisticians at all levels with and without management experience. It is targeted towards the health, but lots of topics will be important for the wider data scientists community.

by Alexander Schacht and Benjamin Piske, biometricians, statisticians and leaders in the pharma industry


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