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[afro-nets] Short course on Bayesian Biostatistics

Bayesian Biostatistics, 4-8 April 2016, Stellenbosch, South Africa 
(registration deadline: 15 March 2016)

Prof. Emmanuel Lesaffre  of the Leuven Biostatistics and Statistical 
Bioinformatics Centre (L-BioStat), Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, will 
be presenting this intensive five-day course at Stellenbosch under the auspices 
of the South African DST/NRF Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis 
(SACEMA). The course will take place from 9 am to 4 pm daily at the 
Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS).

The course fee includes a copy of the book by Lesaffre and Lawson, entitled 
Bayesian Biostatistics (Wiley, 2012): 
http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470018232.html.

The total course fee, including book, refreshments, lunches and social events 
is R8000. Of this, R1200 is a non-returnable registration fee. For 
international participants, the course fee is 700 euros. Of this, 110 euros is 
a non-returnable registration fee. Accommodation, breakfast and dinner is not 
included in the course fee, but accommodation packages may be negotiated 
through SACEMA.

Registration should be done online at 
http://www.sacema.org/node/bayesian-biostatistics-2016.  Enquiries may be 
directed to the SACEMA Research Manager, Ms Lynnemore Scheepers, at 
scheepersl@sun.ac.za<mailto:scheepersl@sun.ac.za>, or phone: +27(0)21 8082589.

Summary:
In the last two decades the Bayesian approach has become increasingly popular 
in virtually all application areas. The approach is especially known for its 
capability to tackle complex statistical modeling tasks. The aim of this course 
is to introduce the participants smoothly into Bayesian statistical methods, 
from basic concepts to hierarchical models, model building and model testing. 
Numerous biostatistical examples (e.g. meta-analyses, longitudinal studies 
including growth curve modelling, analysis of clinical trials, etc) illustrate 
the theoretical concepts. The course is scheduled into classroom teaching and 
computer exercises, and uses the software packages WinBUGS, OpenBUGS, JAGS and 
but also their interfaces with R making use of R2WinBUGS, R2OpenBUGS and rjags. 
The course is based on a recently published Wiley book of Lesaffre and Lawson, 
entitled Bayesian Biostatistics. Each participant will receive a  copy of this 
book, included in the course fee.

The course assumes a good knowledge of regression techniques (linear, logistic, 
etc.) and some knowledge of models for correlated data. Experience with R is 
beneficial though not essential; however programming skills are required for 
the course.

Closing date for registration: Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Lynnemore Scheepers
Research Manager
DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA)
Stellenbosch University
19 Jonkershoek Road Stellenbosch 7600
Tel: +27 21 808 2589; Fax: +27 21 8082586
Website: http://www.sacema.org
Epidemiological update: http://www.sacemaquarterly.com
mailto:scheepersl@sun.ac.za
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