- 24 May 2018
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Thursday 24 MAY 2018, 1.00 PM
Auditorium, Level 6, Bancroft Building
Playing in everyone’s backyard: Statistics in medical research
Dr Gunter Hartel,
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
John Tukey once said: ”The best thing about being a statistician is that you get to play in everyone’s backyard.” This is certainly true of the members of the QIMR Berghofer Statistics unit. One day we might be working on malaria or scabies, the next on genetics of cancer or treatment of infections in CF or planning a clinical trial. Over a year, a senior statistician can be involved in over 100 different projects. The QIMR Berghofer Statistics unit was established 12 years ago, and today the unit employs 11 full and part-time statisticians who are available for anything from one-off short consultations to longer term collaborations, support with grant applications and design and analysis of studies and clinical trials, both to QIMR Berghofer researchers as well as all Metro North hospitals and Mater Research. A big part of our mission is educational, delivering general and specialised workshops, support with statistical software, and direct one-on-one support of new researchers. We also have a mentoring program to develop new statisticians working with more experienced consultants. I will provide a brief introduction to our Statistics unit, and give a few examples of projects we’ve been involved in.
Dr Gunter Hartel graduated from the University of Colorado with bachelors in Mathematics and then earned a Masters and PhD in Mathematical Statistics from Colorado State University. In 1995 he moved to Australia and held academic positions at QUT School of Mathematics and then at UQ in the Tropical Health Program. In 2000 he moved to Melbourne and industry to build a statistics department at the biopharmaceutical company CSL Limited. He spent 14 years there working in all aspects of drug development from basic R&D, research and production laboratories, drug formulation, manufacturing, quality control, translational science, through to clinical trials from first in human through to registration in the US, Europe, and Asia. Leading a global statistics group he was involved in over100 clinical trials and successful registration of many life-saving biologicals. After returning to Brisbane in 2014 he worked as a consultant advising bio-techs on their clinical development strategies, including some time at CNS. In 2017 he joined QIMRB as head (and shortly thereafter as group leader) of the statistics unit providing statistical support to researchers at QIMR as well as Q-Pharm, Metro North and Mater Research.