FMS Spring conference, 24 March 2017 in Lund

The FMS Spring conference and annual meeting will be held in Lund on 24th March 2017. The Spring conference is open to everyone and is free of charge. The conference will consist of invited and contributed talks and will be held entirely in English. We welcome abstracts for contributed talks on any topic relevant for medical statistics. We have not assigned a theme to the meeting. Please submit abstracts (in free format) to paul.dickman”at”ki.se before Friday 17th February. We hope to finalise the program shortly after the abstract submission deadline.

FMS will also hold their annual meeting on the same day. This is the administrative meeting of the society; it will be held in Swedish and is open only to FMS members. The Spring conference (i.e. the scientific meeting) is open to everyone.

The meetings will be held at Matematikcentrums, Matematikhuset, Sölvegatan 18, Lund (a 20 minute walk from the train station).

The preliminary timetable is as follows:

9:00-10:00 Registration and coffee
10:00-11:30 Spring conference
11:30-12:00 FMS annual meeting (FMS members, held in Swedish)
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:30 Spring conference
14:30-15:00 Coffee
15:00-16:30 Spring conference

FMS/DSBS Join Meeting Nov 1 2016 i Malmö

The 2016 Joint FMS/DSBS Meeting, taking place in Malmö, November 1 2016, is now open for registration.
Please see further information here, where you can also register for the meeting.
If you are interested of presenting at the contributing sessions, please submit a proposal for title, a short abstract, and the planned length of the presentation to prls@novonordisk.com as soon as possible, and at the latest May 30.

2016 Stipendium

Föreningen för medicinsk statistik utlyser för år 2016 ett eller flera stipendium på ett sammanlagt belopp om högst 20 000 kr. Stipendiet finansieras primärt av intäkter från företag och institutioner som är partners till föreningen och kan sökas av medlemmar som vill främja den egna professionella utvecklingen som statistiker genom deltagande i konferenser, kurser eller liknande ändamål. Ansökan skall innehålla en beskrivning av hur eventuellt tilldelade pengar skall användas, preliminära kostnader, program för den aktuella aktiviteten samt en meritförteckning för den sökande. Efter genomgången resa, kurs eller dylikt förväntas utsedda stipendiater att skriva en kortfattad redogörelse för den aktuella aktiviteten samt beskriva på vilket sätt möjligheten att delta bidrog till att uppfylla stipendiets syfte.

Fullständig ansökan skickas till fmsstyrelse@gmail.com och ska vara föreningen tillhanda senast 14 augusti 2016. Beslut om stipendie-utdelningen kommer att fattas kort därefter och meddelas via mejl till stipendiat(er) samt kungöras på föreningens hemsida.

Written statement concerning the FMS chair from Paul Dickman, MEB, Karolinska Institutet

Nästa vecka har vi årsmöte där vi kommer att välja en ny ordförande för FMS. Kandidaten Paul Dickman kan tyvärr inte närvara på mötet och därför skickar han en skriftlig presentation av sig själv.

It is an honor to be considered as a candidate for the chair of FMS. I will, unfortunately, not be able to attend the annual general meeting as I had previously agreed to hold a presentation in Oslo on the same day. I would like to take this opportunity to describe myself and my ambitions if elected chair. I’m happy to answer questions sent by e-mail (paul.dickman@ki.se). I’ll write this in my mother tongue, but I’m happy to receive questions in Swedish.

I am Professor of Biostatistics at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MEB) at Karolinska Institutet, where I’ve been employed since March 1999. My primary research interests lie in developing and applying statistical methods for population-based cancer survival. I have general interests in epidemiology, particularly cancer epidemiology, and methods for register-based research. I studied in my native Australia, where my first job was in a health services research group (the primary client was the state health department) but I also dabbled in industrial process control and quality improvement. Details of my early career, including how I came to Sweden, can be found on my personal web page (http://pauldickman.com/bio_eng.php) and details of my current research can be found on my KI web page (http://ki.se/en/people/paudic). The majority of my work experience has been in academia and my professional network is strongest in Stockholm, which is something I’d like to change. I’ve done a small amount of consulting outside academia, and even presented at the European Medicines Agency (when it was EMEA) although my knowledge of statistics in the pharmaceutical industry is rather limited. One of the biggest attractions for me of being FMS chair is the possibility to learn more about the activities and issues faced by colleagues working in other areas and in other parts of the country.

If elected, I plan to continue the excellent work done by the current board in organising high-quality conferences each spring and fall, improving the flow of information to members (e.g., via the website), and strengthening the finances. I have long been a member of FMS and its parent organisation, partly because I believe professionals should support their professional society. I also think Statistikfrämjandet and FMS provide a service to their members that is good value for money. Many of my colleagues, however, are not members because they don’t perceive sufficient benefits. I think we should listen to their views and investigate if there are ways we can improve our services, both to recruit new members and to improve services to existing members. It would be premature for me to present specific plans without first discussing with the board, members, and potential members. I am, however, a strong believer in the benefits of discussing professional activities in an informal environment (whether it be common coffee breaks at work or social events connected to conferences or seminars such as ”statistikerträffen”). I found the young statisticians of Australia (http://www.statsoc.org.au/young-statisticans/) conferences to be extremely beneficial when I was young; I first attended as a final year undergraduate student and organised the conference several years later. I have been active in organising and teaching courses aimed at a cross-section of practicing statisticians and doctoral students, and believe such courses are important for both continuing education and networking. I know there are many individuals and organisations arranging highly appreciated activities for biostatisticians at all levels. FMS does not need to be actively involved in all of them – and the board certainly doesn’t have the time to do so – but I think FMS certainly has a role to play.

Although it’s not featured in the statutes, I feel FMS has an important role in raising the profile of biostatistical science and biostatistical scientists. One area that particularly interests me is promoting biostatistical science among upper secondary school students. I believe there are many high school students with an aptitude for mathematics and a passion for science who are unaware of the potential of a career in biostatistical science. I know some of our members are already active in teaching and promoting statistics in high schools, and I would like to investigate possibilities for extending such activities. I also see a need for strengthening masters and doctoral training in biostatistics. At the 2015 Spring meeting I announced that I had applied to start a masters program in biostatistics at Karolinska Institutet, but the process has unfortunately been delayed by administrative hurdles which prevent KI from starting any new masters programs. I am continuing my lobbying and hope we will be able to establish a masters of biostatistics at KI in the not too distant future.

My impression is that the profile of biostatistical science in Sweden has improved in the last 15 years. I feel there is an increased level of understanding and respect for biostatistics among biomedical scientists, although there remains more work to be done. FMS as an organisation has an important role to play in advancing our discipline and I look forward to the opportunity of working with our members.

FMS årsmöte och vårkonferens 15 mars 2016 i Stockholm- Save the date

Årets vårmöte går av stapeln tisdagen den 15 mars, i samband med Statistikfrämjandets årsmöte dagen innan (måndag 14 mars).

Plats: Stockholms universitet: Ahlmannsalen, Geovetenskapens hus, plan 3 i hus U, Svante Arrhenius väg 12, Stockholm.

Mer information kommer inom kort!

FMS höstmöte: 20 okt 2015

Här är programmet!

2015 års stipendium utdelat

Vi gratulerar Aleksandra Turkiewicz, Bénédicte Delcoigne, Måns Mågnusson och Sara Gustavsson som tillsammans får dela på 20 000 kronor!

FMS stipendium 2015

FMS utlyser för år 2015 ett eller flera stipendium på ett sammanlagt belopp om högst 20 000 kr. Se mer information i utlysningen och i ansökningsformuläret ; fullständig ansökan skickas till oss per mejl (fmsstyrelse@gmail.com) senast 14 augusti 2015.

FMS höstmöte: 20 okt 2015 – save the date

Mötet kommer att vara på Lunds universitet. Mer information kommer inom kort!

FMS årsmöte och vårkonferens

Nu är FMS årsmöte och vårkonferens över för denna gång! Mötet hölls på KI den 17 mars, och runt 40 personer var med. Temat var ”framtidens biostatistik” och vi fick lyssna på spännande presentationer som vi hoppas kunna lägga upp på hemsidan inom kort. På eftermiddagen hölls en paneldiskussion där både panel och publik var väldigt engagerade! Bland annat diskuterades utbildningen av biostatistiker idag och hur den kan förbättras, samt hur andelen biostatistiker inom läkemedelsindustrin har minskat i Sverige. Även hur biostatistiker som yrkesgrupp ska hantera de utmaningar som kommer med ”the big data era” diskuterades.

Övriga kommentarer under dagen rörde bland annat huruvida de vetenskapliga delarna av FMS möten bör vara på engelska istället för på svenska, samt att FMS ytterligare bör samarbeta med internationella organisationer och föreningar. Båda dessa saker har och kommer att fortsätta diskuteras på FMS styrelsemöten.

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