Biostatistics for Non-Statisticians

Many people working in the pharmaceutical, medical device or cosmetic industry often get in contact with statistical issues in their daily practice. This leads to an ongoing need to deepen knowledge in statistical methods without being overwhelmed by mathematical formalism.

The seminar was held by Sylvia Zebrowski, Head of Data Operations at proDERM, supported by Andrea Keller and Friedrich-Peter Vollmer from the statistics team of proDERM.

The chosen corresponding topics gave an overview of the main statistical issues ranging from the first idea of the study objective to the final report. Particular focus was given to the correct generation and interpretation of statistical results as well as to common pitfalls and frequent mistakes in dermatology/cosmetics.

This workshop illustrated ideas on many practical problems and typical data while restricting theory to the minimal. Further it addressed to understand the language and tools of a statistician and reduced both to the needs of a non-statistician. Interactive examples as well as twice daily exercises helped to apply the learned knowledge and skills.

This seminar provided an overview of the most relevant statistical topics including choice of statistical methods and statistical terms like paired data, statistical significance, hypotheses, p-value and multiplicity. Participants of the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry were able to strengthen their statistical knowledge and received answers to their individual in advance asked questions about their daily work with statistics.

To round off the seminar and also extend the focus on industry, all participants were invited to have a look inside the facilities of proDERM and its extensive instrumental equipment for clinical trials in dermatology/cosmetics.

In the evening of the first day, many statistical and non-statistical topics were discussed among the participants during a delicious dinner at the high-class restaurant ‚Witthüs‘.
The positive feedback to this seminar and the request from participants led to the decision to repeat the seminar in the next year in German language.