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2022 WNAR/IMS/JR Annual Meeting


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 WNAR meeting will be held virtually. 

Scientific Program (pdf of program and abstracts updated 6/7)

Short Courses (June 10-11, 2022)

Invited Oral Sessions, Contributed Oral Sessions, Student Paper Sessions (June 13-15, 2022)

Presidential Invited Address (June 14, 2022)

Prof. Nicholas Jewell, UC Berkeley and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Title: Biostatistics in Infectious Disease Research: Test-negative designs from Influenza, Dengue and Ebola to COVID-19

Abstract: Statisticians are sorely needed in infectious disease research as the past few years have starkly illustrated. Test-negative designs are a relatively recent addition to observational study tool boxes, originally employed for assessment of seasonal influenza vaccination programs. I will review the rationale and development of the original test-negative design and discuss extensions to cover randomized exposures, various kinds of clustering and mixed testing programs, with illustrations from both dengue fever and ebola virus diseases. Recent interest has focused on uses of the test-negative design to estimate and compare  effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. The presentation will highlight statistical issues associated with the design and analysis of resulting data, and opportunities for further research. 

Short Course Information (Add-on to conference registration)

Short Course I (half day): Veridical Data Analysis

Description:  Predictability, computability, and stability (PCS) are three core principles of data science. They embed the scientific principles of prediction and replication in data-driven decision making while recognizing the central role of computation. Based on these principles, we propose the PCS framework, including workflow and documentation (in R Markdown or Jupyter Notebook). The PCS framework aims at responsible, reliable, reproducible, and transparent analysis across fields of science, social science, engineering, business, and government. It can be used as a recommendation system for scientific hypothesis generation and experimental design. In particular, we propose (basic) PCS inference for reliability measures on data results, extending statistical inference to a much broader scope as current data science practice entails.

Instructors: Bin Yu, PhD and Rebecca Barter, PhD

Date: June 10 (Fri) morning

Short Course II (full day):  Clinical Development of New Drugs

Description: Modern drug development started with the 1962 Kefauver-Harris FD&C Amendment.  After 1962, Pharmaceutical industries develop new drugs with clinical evidence of efficacy and safety.  The clinical development of a new drug is divided into four phases – Phases I, II, III, and IV.  The first three phases are considered as the pre-marketing phases and Phase IV is post marketing.  The focus of this short course will be pre-marketing drug development, with an emphasis on Phase II.  In 2019, ICH finalized its E9 R1 document.  The ICH E9 R1 introduces a new concept of estimand.  This short course will also help clarify the thinking behind estimand.

Instructor: Naitee Ting, PhD

Date: June 11 (Sat)

Abstract submission (must first complete conference registration)

(Deadlines passed)

Invited speakers please register for the conference by March 15, 2022 and submit your invited abstracts here by April 1, 2022.  Invited talks will be 25 minutes in length.

Contributed Oral Sessions and student paper sessions abstract submission is open.  Please submit your contributed/student paper abstracts here by April 1, 2022.  Contributed paper presentations will be 15 minutes in length.  Student paper presentations will be 20 minutes in length.

Abstract (Invited, Contributed, Student Paper) Submissions are due April 1st 2022. You will need your registration ID (invoice # on the payment receipt) to submit your abstract.

Questions may be directed to organization committee chair Subodh Selukar (srselukar.biostats@gmail.com) or program chair Damla Senturk (wnarprogramchair@gmail.com).

Student Paper Competition

WNAR holds a student paper competition each year in conjunction with its annual conference.  Awards for Outstanding Written Paper and Outstanding Oral Presentation include a certificate of recognition and a $500 cash prize.

Conference registration is free for all student members of IBS.

All eligible entrants receive discounts for short course registration.  For details on eligibility, guidelines for manuscript preparation, and review criteria, please visit the link.

Important Dates (Deadlines passed)

April 1, 2022 – Abstract submission deadline

May 6, 2022 – Paper submission deadline

June 13th – 15th, 2022 – On-line oral presentations as part of the WNAR virtual meeting 

Abstract and Submission Guidelines (Deadlines passed)

Abstracts should be submitted here.  You need to first register for free as a student participant, and enter 0000 as Registration ID in the google form.  Papers should be sent via email to the Student Paper Competition Committee Chair Fan Yang (wnar2022.student.comp@gmail.com). 

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