PSI Medical Statistics Careers Event
This event is aimed at students with an interest in the field of Medical Statistics, for example within pharmaceuticals, healthcare and/or medical research.
Our objectives include:
Andreas Kaiser (Co-chair)
|Arnaud Monseur||PharmaLex||Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium|
Aysun Cetinyurek Yavuz
Medicine Evaluation Board
Radboud University Medical Center
Welwyn Garden City, UK
Francois Aubin (Co-chair)
Venn Life Sciences
|Maëva Dupuis||Alexion Pharma||Barcelona, Spain|
Johnson & Johnson
University Medical Center Göttingen
Diseases that occur in populations with a low prevalence or in vulnerable populations lead to limitations in the number of available patients for drug development. In such a setting, when sample sizes for clinical development are limited, one usually speaks of small populations. Drug development in small populations poses some special challenges. This applies above all to the statistical planning of the clinical studies, their statistical evaluation and interpretation as well as decision-making. The challenges can often only be addressed using innovative statistical methods and data analysis approaches. This points-to-consider document is aimed at statisticians who are going to work in this exciting field intending to give them an initial introduction and to sensitize them to the peculiarities of small populations. Basic points to consider in clinical development for small populations are addressed and potential useful statistical approaches are proposed.
The SIG Small Populations has been working to identify publications that would be useful for statisticians working in studies with small populations. The topics that were chosen as of interest were extrapolation, historical controls, and meta-analytic priors.
Subgroups were set up to work on each of these topics. A literature search was performed to identify publications of potential interest. These were then reviewed within the subgroups and those deemed most relevant and useful were identified. The attached slides list the publications recommended for each topic with a brief description of the content and the reason for the recommendation.