10 Biostatistics Conferences in 2019 You Shouldn’t Miss

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The wold of biostatistics involves enormous scopes of data – patient data, clinical data, population health data, and disease data, to name a few. Biostatisticians are quickly becoming one of the most in-demand professionals in the healthcare and medical industry. On the other hand, handling, managing and analyzing such enormous amounts of data requires specialized skills as well as industry guidance. Global regulatory agencies, such as the FDA, frequently revamp the guidelines on the usage of data in healthcare. This means biostatisticians need to stay upbeat regarding these updates as well as new developments in public health, epidemiology, and evidence-based medicine. In addition, they need to polish their skills in healthcare data management. And what better way to accomplish this is than to attend global biostatistics conferences?

Biostatistics conferences offer biostatistics professionals a one-stop shop for industry developments, new paradigms on data security, data privacy, data management, as well as data collection & storage. Not only that, but some events also include workshops that educate bio-stats executives on advanced clinical data analysis. Here is a list of 10 global biostatistics conferences that provide an insight into biostatistics & data-driven decision making in healthcare.

1. ASHECon 2019 (June 23-26, 2019, Washington DC)

The American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon) is a professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in health economics research in the U.S. Since its first conference, hosted at the University of Wisconsin in 2006, ASHEcon has achieved the tag of being a premier health economics conference in the US, providing a forum for presenting emerging ideas, empirical results, and methodological advances in health economics & outcomes research (HEOR) and for facilitating open discussions among health economics scholars. This year, the event is slated to happen at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington DC. Here’s the link for the registrations.

2. ISPOR 2019 (May 18-23rd, 2019; New Orleans LA)

Regarded as one of the most prestigious HEOR events in the United States, the ISPOR 2019 conference brings together an international audience of more than 4000 healthcare stakeholders from the offices of policymakers, payers, thought leaders, researchers, decision makers, and patient representatives. Save your calendar dates for an intellectual extravaganza in which you can engage in meaningful discussions on public health policy, population health concerns and data management hazards across a wide range of forums. Take note of the registration dates as the early bird entries window looks to be closing soon!

3. BioData World Congress 2019 (Dec 4-5th, 2019; Basel, Switzerland)

A visual spectacle for data science professionals in Europe, the BioData World Congress is a confluence of scholars in bioinformatics, health science engineers, genomics majors, gene-editing & computational biology scholars, and a lot more. Every year, the event has been witnessing an unprecedented growth in this sponsorships and attendees, and 2019 ups the mark even higher. The 2019 edition has keynote speakers such as Alexander Krupp (Head of Computational Biology at Bayer), Gautier Koscielny (Scientific Leader at Novartis) and Jean Claude Zenkulsen (Director of the National Genome Atlas, National Cancer Institute – NIH).

4. Annual Conference of the International Society for Clinical Biostatistics (July 14-18th, 2019; Leuven, Belgium)

An esteemed forum for biostatisticians and health economics experts, the International Society for Clinical Biostatistics (ISCB) is devoted to stimulate research into the principles and methodology used in the design and analysis of clinical research and to increase the relevance of statistical theory to the real world of clinical medicine. In 2019, the ISCB is hosting its 40th edition and is open for registrations and abstract submissions. It is here that young biostatisticians can up their skills in biostatistics by attending the effecting training pre-conference workshops as well as industry-oriented data science courses for healthcare.

5. 2019 PSI Conference (June 2-5th; London, United Kingdom) 

A flourishing career in biostatistics is a goal for many, but not all would be skilled in data-driven decision making. The PSI Conference hosted in the United Kingdom is an event for prolific data intelligence wizards to come together to talk about the effects of data science in medical decision making, the challenges of personalized medicine, and the scope of reporting evidence of clinical trial data to meet the qualification standards for regulatory decision making. Take note of the various presentations by nanobiotechnology scholars, genomics and proteomics professionals, population health experts and population genetics stalwarts as they take you through a case-by-case spectacle of healthcare in the twenty-first century.

6. 2019 ASA Biopharmaceutical Section Regulatory-Industry Statistics Workshop (Sept 23 – 25, 2019; Washington, DC)

The American Statistical Association is organizing the 2019 ASA Regulatory-Industry Statistics Workshop with the interest to include all statisticians interested in statistical practices for all areas regulated by the FDA. The “grassroots” style workshop serves as a meeting point for the officials from the FDA and industry speakers. The industry veterans and young statisticians discuss groundbreaking changes to concurrent regulatory policies, guidance documents on collecting & disclosing healthcare data and bio-ethical considerations of data handling affecting the delivery of therapies in the United States. Not one to be missed, it offers the opportunity to attend certification workshops, training modules, and poster presentations on data-driven healthcare transformations for statistical practitioners in the biopharmaceutical arena.

8. ASA Symposium on Data Science and Statistics (May 29 – June 1, 2019; Bellevue, Washington)

The American Statistical Association in partnership with the Interface Foundation of North America is organizing the 2nd annual Symposium on Data Science and Statistics (SDSS) to unravel the world of complex data frameworks in biopharma. The symposium offers data scientists/biostatisticians an exclusive exposure to novel data processing methods, machine learning software applicable for patient data, and the latest data visualization tools with hands-on training modules. An attendee can present a poster, participate in an invited session, and attend short workshops at the venue.

9. 2019 Health Datapalooza (March 27-28, 2019; Washington DC)

One of the highly garnered industry event, the Health Datapalooza brings together experts and innovations in digital health products as well as health policymakers using billions of data. 2019’s edition will feature some key speakers and attendees from government health bodies as well as big pharma companies. To name a few, there’s Aetna’s President – Garth N. Graham, MD, Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary – Eric D. Hargan, and Verily’s President (Health Platforms) – Vivian Lee who are slated to address audiences as keynote speakers.

10. ISPE 2019 Mid-Year Meeting

The International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology is announcing the plans for its mid-year meeting event, the ISPE Mid Year Meeting. The 4-day event is scheduled to have training modules and workshops, where bright professionals in biopharma and data science enjoy an interactive learning session. This mid-year meeting specially features veterans from the Italian Medicines Agency who will talk about the issues concerning currently on pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacoepidemiology, i.e., the disease remission rates and incidence rates and their relations with therapeutic drug intake.

Sometimes, attending a conference can provide a professional with a good picture of the concurrent job market. A freelance data scientist, while on a conference, can get in touch with prospective employers who could be looking to hire a data science expert. Not only that, senior executives from the public health & biopharma industry also can easily contract with professionals with specific technical needs. Some organizers keep a recruitment panel open at conferences in order to source niche talent. In 2019, make sure you have plans to attend at leastone conference so that you’re at pace with the industry for whatever need it may be — jobs, business opportunities, collaborations, networking, or education.

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Mahasweta is a Biotechnologist at heart with varied academic research experiences in Tissue Engineering, Medical Imaging Devices and Industrial Microbiology. She majored in Biomedical Engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology and has served as an editor for journal publications in Elsevier, Wolters Kluwer Health and Royal Society for Chemistry. She also writes for Company blogs, news articles and guest posts.

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