COPSS-NISS COVID-19 Data Science Webinar Series

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 12-1pm ET (9-10am PT)

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The Statistics of COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

About this Webinar Series

The COPSS-NISS COVID-19 Data Science webinar series is co-organized by the Committee of the Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) and its five charter member societies (ASA, ENAR, IMS, SSC, and WNAR), as well as NISS.  This bi-weekly seminar features the latest research that is positioned on the cusp of new understanding and analysis of COVID-19 pandemic data, and promotes data-driven research and decision making to combat COVID-19.  Find out more about this series and view all the previous sessions on the Webinar Series page.


With early results of COVID-19 vaccine efficacy trials emerging, everyone is eager to understand and interpret their findings. In this session, we will take a deep dive into the design and analysis of COVID-19 vaccine trials, with a focus on Phase 3 efficacy trials. Topics to be covered include the FDA’s pre-designated success criteria, varying measures of vaccine efficacy (against infection, disease, or severe disease), the analysis and monitoring strategies described in published protocols, and the search for immune correlates of protection. The session will begin with a presentation from Dr. David Benkeser, followed by a structured Q&A with Dr. Benkeser and Professor M. Elizabeth Halloran. The session will be moderated by Dr. Natalie Dean. Join us for an engaging discussion between vaccine trial biostatisticians.



David Benkeser 
Assistant Professor
Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Emory Rollins School of Public Health

At warp speed: Statistics and COVID-19 vaccine development


M. Elizabeth Halloran
Professor and Director, 
Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Epidemiology (BBE) Program 
Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Division 
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center 

Department of Biostatistics
University of Washington


Natalie Dean 
Assistant Professor
Department of Biostatistics
University of Florida

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Organizing Committee

Xihong Lin (Chair) (IMS), Harvard University 
Karen Bandeen-Roche (NISS), Johns Hopkins University 
Chris Barker (ASA), Statistical Planning and Analysis Services, Inc
Gary Chan (WNAR), University of Washington 
Rob Deardon (SSC), University of Calgary 
Natalie Dean (COPSS), University of Florida
Debashree Ray (COPSS), Johns Hopkins University
Jie Peng (WNAR), University of California at Davis 
Nathaniel Stevens (SSC), University of Waterloo 
Elizabeth Stuart (ENAR), Johns Hopkins University 
Ryan Tibshirani (IMS), Carnegie Mellon University  
Lily Wang (ASA), Iowa State University 
Lingzhou Xue (NISS), Pennsylvania State University
Lili Zhao (ENAR), University of Michigan 
Glenn Johnson (Web Communications), NISS

Event Type


National Institute of Statistical Sciences


American Statistical Association
Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS)
Eastern North American Region. International Biometric Society
Institute of Mathematical Statistics
National Institute of Statistical Sciences
Statistical Society of Canada
Western North American Region of The International Biometric Society


Registration is free.


Online Webinar
Presenter: David Benkeser, (Emory University), Moderator: Natalie Dean (University of Florida), Discussant: M. Elizabeth Halloran, (Fred Hutch and University of Washington)