Statistics and Study Design – What to Look for in a Manuscript and Innovative Approach to Clinical Trial Designs (22EL-742)

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022
2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern Time
Program Number: 22EL-742

  • Educational Track: Scientific
  • Topic: Patient Transfusion
  • Intended Audience: CEOs, Directors, Hospital Blood Banks, Hospitals, Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Nurses, Perfusionists, Physicians, Research Scientists, Residents/Fellows, Scientists, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists, Transfusion Safety Officers
  • Teaching Level: Advanced, Intermediate
  • Director/Moderator: Huy P. Pham, MD, MPH, Medical Director and Adjunct Professor of Medicine, National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), Seattle, WA

    • Richard Haspel, MD, PhD, Professor of Pathology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
    • Tuan V. Nguyen, DSc, PhD, Professor of Predictive Medicine, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia; Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia
  • Program Description

    Improvements in the practice of medicine depends on the amount and quality of evidence, which in turn rely on the rigor of the research study design. Additionally, it is usually up to the clinicians to decide if a change in clinical practice is necessary after reading research reports, which may require both statistical and clinical knowledge. In this program, key considerations in study designs and statistical analysis as well as common pitfalls in result interpretation will be discussed. In Transfusion Medicine, traditional randomized controlled trials have been commonly used. However, in many cases, Bayesian approach to clinical trial design may offer better solution. Therefore, a summary of Bayesian approach to clinical design and interpretation will also be provided.

    Learning Objectives

    After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:

    • Discuss key considerations in statistics and study designs when reviewing a manuscript or publication.
    • Identify potential pitfalls in research study interpretations.
    • Describe the Bayesian approach to clinical trial design and interpretation.
    • Describe why clinical practice and Bayesian thinking are in tandem.


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    Speaker Biographies

    Dr. Haspel is currently the Medical Director of the Stem Cell Processing Laboratory and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Pathology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). He is also a Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. He developed and published a curriculum related to teaching evidence-based transfusion medicine. He has also led international studies to evaluate the transfusion medicine knowledge of internal medicine, pediatric and hematology physician trainees using a validated survey and exam.

    Dr. Nguyen is currently Director of Centre for Health Technologies and Professor of Predictive Medicine of UTS, and Conjoint Professor of the School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney. Apart from his primary research in osteoporosis, he has expertise in clinical trial design and large-scale epidemiological research. He is passionate about the application of Bayesian idea in the analysis and interpretation of clinical research. He has authored more than 320 peer-reviewed publications in mostly top tier journals, including Nature, Nature Genetics, BMJ, Lancet, and NEJM. He is among the world's most-cited researchers. He is an elected Fellow of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, and elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.