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MRC Biostatistics Unit Open Day on 20th June 2013

The MRC Biostatistics Unit is proud to announce that it is opening its doors to the public on 20th June 2013.

From 10.30am, displays and activities about the history, pioneers and discoveries of the MRC Biostatistics Unit (one of the MRC’s four foundation units) will take place.

Café Scientifique discussions will be held from mid-morning (20 minutes talk, 20-25 min. discussion) and will be open to general public to celebrate the contributions of statistical science to the advancement of our global society.

The Open day will conclude with a celebratory Public Lecture by Professor David Spiegelhalter.

Please see below the programme of the day

MRC Biostatistics Unit Open Day - Thursday 20th June


10.30 BSU opens its doors to the public

Dr Linda Sharples
NHS rationing, NICE or nasty?  The value of statistics | 11.00 – 11.45

Challenges in deciding on which treatments should be funded by the NHS, and how statistics
can be used to draw together the information needed to make a recommendation

Professor Lorenz Wernisch
Making sense of genomes | 12.00 – 12.45
We can now sequence genomes, even of complex organisms such as humans,
within a couple of days. The details of how genomes are driving biological processes,
however, are just beginning to be understood and obtaining a fuller picture seems like
a very long road ahead. How can computational and statistical modelling help?

12.45 – 13.30 Historical displays & refreshment

Dr Fiona Matthews
Cognition: A matter of life and death | 13.30 – 14.15
Investigating cognitive change in older persons is complicated by imperfect data.
How statistical models can be used to understand the impact of cognitive change
with increasing age will be shown

14.15 – 14.30 Historical displays & refreshment

Professor Sheila Bird
Addicted and in prison: how Biostatistics sorts out the hazards of jailed heroin injectors | 14.30 – 15.15
Carefully designed studies revealed how many adult prisoners were HIV-infected;
how many injected heroin inside prison and how often; and a very high risk of overdose death in the 2-weeks after release from prison. Now, we are testing how to reduce these fatalities.

15.15 – 15.45 Historical displays & refreshment

Venue: Large Seminar Room, Institute for Public Health, Robinson Way, Cambridge CB2 0SR
For directions please see:


18.30 – 19.30 Public Lecture

Professor David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk, University of Cambridge
Putting life into numbers – how statistical science has transformed health care
NOTE: Booking is required for this specific event. Please visit:

*A Summer Reception will follow Professor David Spiegelhalter's Public Lecture*

Venue: Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, Li Ka Shing Centre, Robinson Way, Cambridge, CB2 0RE

For directions please see:   

Posted on 17/06/2013

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