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This workshop is supported by the Data Management Unit at FBM/CHUV Library and the Lemanic Neuroscience Doctoral School. It is a unique opportunity for students, post-docs and researchers to discuss best practices on Open Science. We organize the second workshop, on June 7 2017, about Experimental Design.
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Programme overview (PDF):
Two researchers suggest systematic confirmatory studies before publication in an attempt to improve reproducibility
An interesting set of ideas, although the authors do not explain how such initiative would be funded. Statistically speaking, we agree that thresholds for p-values are useless and that series of confirmatory studies would bring us back to the original definition of p given by Ronald Fisher one century ago... "A scientific fact should be regarded as experimentally established only if a properly designed experiment rarely fails to give this level of significance"
Dear colleague, client or collaborator,
It’s been an outstanding year 2016 for Biotelligences. We have given introductory lectures on biostatistics to life scientists with the objective to raise awareness about science reproducibility. Hundreds of students from five doctoral schools have attended our courses and their feedback was outstanding. We have provided coaching to researchers about design, analysis and reporting for projects that have now successfully given sound publications. Finally, we have created and consolidated collaborations with academic and industrial partners who share similar vision about science.
We are now able to reap the fruits of our constant commitments toward science reproducibility since 2013. Indeed, the students who attended our first seminars series now defend their PhD and become more senior researchers. We see their genuine efforts to improve statistical standards in their research and to transmit the good practices to their colleagues. It is heart-warming to see things progress in the good direction.
For 2017 we are ambitious and optimistic, despite the many impediments on the way. Science reproducibility is now under scrutiny and awareness is on the rise. The context is therefore more and more favourable for helping scientists improve their quantitative research. We will seize these opportunities.
We sincerely wish you all the best for the year 2017, both professionally and personally, and we look forward to seeing you in one our our seminars.
The Biotelligences team.
This afternoon we'll attend the BioAlps Networking day 2016 in Geneva. Looking forward to discussing with biotech, medtech and healthcare companies and researchers of the region.
On October 10th, 11th and 17th, we will give our lecture to the students of the Lemanic Neuroscience doctoral school. We are always delighted to discover the large number of registrations, and we are sorry for the students who are now in the waiting list.
We look forward to meeting this new group of students!
Our January courses at the Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences at Bern University are now over, we look forward to organising a new lecture series in Bern. Very interesting discussions with sharp-minded and eager students from multiple scientific and clinical backgrounds. Thank you all for making these lectures so interactive.
Our coming courses:
We support the Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research (EQUATOR) network, which aims at improving the reliability and value of research in biomedicine by the promotion of transparent and accurate reporting.
Please visit their WEBSITE for more information!
Note that from February 2016 on, we will not provide English correction anymore. We will still help you improve your reporting, but under the angle of statistics and the respect of existing guidelines.
Our teaching activities will expand: new courses, new media, new fields... Stay tuned!
The 2015 poster prize awarded by Biotelligences at the Lemanic Neuroscience doctoral school: congratulations Ms. Aude Chenu!
Congratulations to Aude Chenu from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) who was awarded the 2015 poster prize given by Biotelligences at teh Lemanic Neuroscience Annual Meeting with her poster entitled "The role of DiGeorge Critical Region 2 gene in cortical circuit formation".
In this poster, we particularly liked: the appropriate use of tests (in particular non-parametric testing) and their disclosure; the correction for multiple comparisons; the disclosure of exact p-values and sample sizes; and the use of box plots (although not in every panel).
We organize a new seminar series in Lausanne. The lectures will take place on the UNIL campus on September 4th and 11th. The first seminar series that took place in March was a great success with a lot of positive feedback. We have slightly changed the format, from 3 to 4 hours and which now include more hands-on workshops.
- The ten most prevalent mistakes in biostatistics.
- Existing statistical guidelines.
Deadline for early rates is July 31, don't miss out!
Visit our dedicated page for more information.
We will give a one-day lecture with the interdisciplinar doctoral school of the University of Neuchâtel (UNINE). The course about misconceptions, misuse and guidelines in biostatistics will be held on October 7th 2015.
Visit the dedicated page of the UNINE website to learn more:
Good news! Our seminars about experimental design and grant writing have been accredited "continuous education" by the Lemanic Animal Facility Network (RESAL, LINK). For researchers based in the Canton de Vaud the seminar will credit 1/2 day continuous education and for scientists in Geneva it will give 3 hours continuous education.
See our dedicated page for registration: HERE
Romain-Daniel Gosselin, founder of Biotelligences, is now section editor (biostatistics and experimental design) for the journal Laboratory Animals.
Laboratory Animals publishes articles about all aspects of the use of animals in biomedical research, especially papers describing work which involves the 3Rs (reduction in the number of animals that need to be used; replacement of animals with in vitro alternatives; refinement in methodology leading to improvements in the welfare or wellbeing of the animals).
We are glad to announce a new partnership with Quantik AG. Based in the Zürich area, Quantik AG is expert in complex data analyses in statistics applied to various context (in Life Sciences and beyond). We share the same philosophy and a common interest in teaching. We look forward to working together.
Link to Quantik website: HERE.
Congratulations to Laureen Strittmatter from the University of Fribourg (UNIFR, Switzerland) who was awarded the Biotelligences poster prize for best biostatistics. The title of the poster was: Circadian clocks and depression: Molecular pathway of bright light therapy.
Link to the event.
This January session was great success (again), thanks to another group of enthusiastic students!
Welcome Adin Ross-Gillespie who joined us in January.
For a full bio, visit the TEAM page of our website.
Our lectures about biostatistics for PhD students of the Lemanic Neurosciences doctoral school: January session
After the success of our November courses, the second session will take place next week. We look forward to meeting the new group of enthusiastic students.
Discover the programme on the website of the doctoral school HERE (PDF version HERE).
We would like to sincerely thank every single one of you who have supported and encouraged us in 2014. We hope you all have a nice Christmas holiday and we wish you a happy and fruitful 2015!
A good reading if you want to learn more about misinterpretations of p-values. And it is open access, no subscription needed!