Research study design, analysis, interpretation and publication: What non-statisticians need to know

Ex-Director Centre for Applied Medical Statistics, University of Cambridge

Statistics is not everyone’s favourite subject but as a discipline, though often poorly understood, its application is absolutely essential for undertaking evidence-based, data-driven research in order to ensure scientific truth is published and journal quality is heightened.  Statistics is about the pursuit of truth, not lies as all too commonly perceived and so much more than number-crunching or a cookbook approach or something best left to experts alone or ignored or downplayed or left up to methodological reviewers to find and fix faults last-minute during peer review processes pre-publication!

Dr Chris Palmer is a medical statistician and highly-experienced teacher and communicator (note, in English, not in Statistics-ese!) of the big picture of the subject and, only where needed, requisite mathematical details. He offers locally-given, face-to-face, short courses (half-day, whole day or multi-day duration) covering all the essentials of statistics, spanning design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of data-based studies, drawing upon his four decades of lecturing non-statisticians, in particular medical or veterinary students and qualified doctors for over half that time at the University of Cambridge, UK. For over thirty years, he has advised the growing Lancet family of biomedical research journals, among others, being one of their statistical reviewers for hundreds of submissions, sometimes called upon to arbitrate in cases of statistical dispute and occasionally to teach editorial staff day-long training courses at Lancet‘s London headquarters. Chris also served over five years as Deputy or Acting Editor for Wiley’s flagship journal in the field, Statistics in Medicine and co-edited a major, single-volume reference work, Encyclopedic Companion to Medical Statistics (2nd ed., Wiley, 2011) for which contributors were purposely selected for both specialist knowledge and communication skills!

So far, he has had the privilege of teaching short courses throughout eastern and western Europe, Middle East and Far East. He would be glad to discuss the needs of your journal / research group / university/ company / conference / other group of minimum 10 people to deliver a suitable course on statistics. Beyond reasonable costs of transportation, accommodation and expenses, and your providing local administrative support, additional fee ranges from as little as nothing extra to an agreed fixed rate, depending on economic nature of group inviting. My genuine aim is to help others have that lightbulb moment of understanding statistics, deepening their awareness more so than my pocket!