Biostatistics training programmes

November 26th 2018

The BIOPS platform and ULB's HeLSci training centre are enriching their training catalogue in biostatistics. Their goal: to enable participants to make proper use of this tool in their job.

During their studies, many students rank statistics among their most disliked classes! Yet collecting, managing, and analysing data is essential in research. ‘Biostatistics is a crucial part of life and health sciences,’ explains professor Fati Kirakoya, academic coordinator of the BIOPS platform(1). ‘And for good reason: variability is an intrinsic and fundamental attribute that exists in all living systems. By mastering certain skills, researchers can gain a better understanding of their results.’

Target audience
Starting this year, the BIOPS platform and ULB's HeLSci training centre are partnering up to offer a dozen training programmes in biostatistics. These are intended for all those who use and interpret data as part of their academic or professional activity: PhD students, researchers, project managers, employees of biotech or pharmaceutical companies, and so on.

Programme content
The programmes offered are designed to suit the realities on the ground. Featuring many case studies, they rely on an intuitive approach and do not require advanced knowledge of mathematics.
Each programme has a specific objective:

  • The basics: study (or review) fundamental notions of statistics applied to life and health sciences.
  • Software: three programmes dedicated to the use of software applications R and SPSS.
  • Some programmes are geared towards experimental research, while others are dedicated to clinical and epidemiological studies.

Individual and custom coaching
Each programme may be extended with a coaching workshop where the students can apply their knowledge to their own data or project.
In-office training is also offered. ‘These are custom “à la carte” programmes that a company can request for its employees, depending on its specific needs,’ explains Marie Lebacq, operational coordinator of the BIOPS platform. ‘After developing the programme's content together with the company, one of our instructors goes to teach on its premises, using its own data for practical exercises.’

In practice
  • Duration: ½ day to 2 days for each programme.
  • Location: alternating between the Biopark in Gosselies and the Erasme campus in Brussels.
  • Price: between €150 and €350 per day (depending on the participants' profiles).
  • In-office training: contact us for a quote.
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(1) BIOPS: biostatistics platform of ULB's Health Cluster