Meet-Up Recordings

This page contains links to the recordings for all of the NISS-Merck Meet-ups as well as all of the NISS Academic Affiliates Meet-ups that have been held to date for your convenience.  Follow the link to the event page for additional details for each recording.

NISS-Merck Meet-up Recordings

April 1, 2019 - "Applications of Real World Data"

RWD has become an important source for addressing medical and health related questions. Various types of RWD, such as claims, electronic health records, surveys, and digital data, provide great opportunities for successful partnerships between academia and business, industry, and government organizations. In this meet-up examples of how experts have examined the nature of RWD, have analyzed RWD, and ... (read more).

January 22, 2019 - "Statistical Challenges in Immuno-Oncology"

Immuno-oncology is the study and development of treatments that take advantage of the body’s immune system to fight cancer. Promising clinical results from this approach in multiple indications have energized research in this area and led to regulatory approvals of multiple immune-therapies. The promise of this class of cancer treatments has also prompted statisticians to dive deeper into ... (view recording).

October 4, 2018 - "Real World Data and its Applications in the Pharmaceutical Industry'

Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have long been the gold standard for providing evidence to support the safety and efficacy of a new drug, vaccine, or biologic. Most pre-marketing product development programs are divided into three phases (phase 1, 2 and 3) with phase 3 consisting of large RCTs to confirm the safety and efficacy of a new molecular entity. However, complete reliance on RCTs comes at a price, ... (view recording)

April 25, 2018 - "Applications of Machine Learning in the Pharmaceutical Industry"

Machine learning has been used to create algorithms for effective web searches, speech recognition, self-driving cars and a host other useful purposes.  It is a technology that has become both powerful and pervasive. In this meet-up we will discuss how these algorithms and this mode of thinking have been applied to problems in the pharmaceutical industry. (view recording)

January 23, 2018 - "Estimands and Sensitivity Analysis in Clinical Trials"

This second NISS-Merck meetup focused on ICH E9(R1): Estimands and Sensitivity Analysis in Clinical Trials. E9(R1) is an addendum to ICH E(9) which describes Statistical Principles for Clinical Trials. Both ICH E9 and E9(R1) were prepared under the auspices of the International Council for Harmonisation. (view recording)

September 12, 2017 - "Multiple Endpoints in Clinical Trials"

In an effort to introduce NISS to statisticians involved in the research and development of pharmaceutical products, NISS and Merck began jointly hosting a series of free virtual meetups on emerging issues of interest to this community. This first meeting will focus on the FDA draft guidance on "Multiple Endpoints in Clinical Trials" published in January of 2017. (view recording)

NISS Academic Affiliate Meet-up Recordings

April 23, 2019 - “Succeeding as a Statistician in Academia: Things I Wish I Knew at the Start of My Career.” 

The first Academic Meet-up organized by NISS focused on getting that first job as a statistician, the second meet-up focused on improving statistical communication skills. Both are very important aspects of growing your experience and potential as an statistician. But what happens now that you have landed that position in a college or university department?  What are the next steps to contemplate and work towards?

January 29, 2019 - "Improve your Statistical Communication Skills: Tips for Presenting and Writing like a Pro!"

Everyone has questions about how to best communicate their knowledge. How can statisticians share their expertise clearly and effectively in presentations and in their writing?  Is it the message that makes a presentation great? Is it the delivery?  Or, is it the strong conviction projected by the speaker?  Maybe it is a combination of all of these things?  And how can you increase the chances of getting your paper published or your grant proposal funded?  View the recording of a conversation that will give you some time-tested advice to help you navigate these tough questions. (view recording)

October 10, 2018 - "How to Land Your First Job as a Statistician!"

Anxious about landing that first job after graduation?  View a recording of a conversation that will help walk through the ins and outs of the job hunting experience. This video conference involved individuals who have either been regularly involved in hiring statisticians, or were recently hired as a statistician. Speakers/panelists include senior members from academia, industry and government.  Each panelist will talk about their hiring process, the qualities and skills they look for in candidates, and the do's and don’ts during the interview.  If you are now, or will soon be on the job market, this conversation is one that you will want to listen to!