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PhUSE wishes a happy New Year 2014. A great 2013 is over and we are looking forward to an even greater 2014!
Working in the west as well as the east gives a unique perspective of both the advantages and challenges faced by either side of the teams. This post attempts to highlight a couple of differences and how they play together to make better teams.
How transparent are the reports on clinical trials? If we happen to read scientific journals we may have just noticed or felt that the information provided in these articles aren't always adequate in terms of providing information on how the trial was conducted, how patients were randomized, what methods were used, how did the trialists arrive at the sample size and so on... A gloomy situation indeed...but maybe there is a ray of hope...
We all need an inspirational kick sometime to go the extra mile on a task. In these situations it sometimes only requires some words from someone.
"Help me to help you, help me to help you". In the film Jerry Maguire, Tom Cruise uttered this memorable phrase amongst many others while trying to persuade Cuba Gooding Jr. that he should help Tom Cruise by playing better. For those who missed this, Tom Cruise was a sport agent who turned his back on the big corporate world of sports management and start a new agency with just one client, the football star Cuba Gooding Jr..
Does anyone know which, if any, programs we should submit? I've seen so many interpretations over the years, I thought I'd write them all down.
Since Christmas I have been frantically researching the Semantic Web, since , frankly, the available technology blows my mind. Last week I had the opportunity to attend a small conference in Cambridge MA focusing solely on Semantic Technology in the Life Sciences (CSHALS). I learned quite a few things that I thought would be good to share.
The FDA’s Computational Science Center in collaboration with PhUSE has set up a public repository for open source scripts (computer programs, tools, resources) to help manage, summarize, explore, analyze and report clinical trial data.
Sometimes I wonder whether we know each other well enough especially what the other one is doing and in which way. Finally we visit conferences, read papers and investigate how others are performing the same tasks ...
The topic of the annual conference is "Patient Centricity". But what does this actually mean for a statistical programmer? I want to share one personal story with you where I tell you how patient centric thinking helped me to get better in my job.
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