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):
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
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
email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, or phone: +27(0)21 8082589.
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
Closing date for registration: Tuesday, 15 March 2016
DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA)
19 Jonkershoek Road Stellenbosch 7600
Tel: +27 21 808 2589; Fax: +27 21 8082586
Epidemiological update: http://www.sacemaquarterly.com